SPRING HILL, Fla. (BP)–The strong reaction to President Bush’s recent remarks concerning his belief that intelligent design should be taught alongside the theory of evolution in public schools would lead one to believe that Bush had suggested replacing all science classes with classes on voodoo.
Barry Lynn, the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, called the president’s remarks “irresponsible” and a demonstration of Bush’s ignorance of science. Massachusetts Sen. Barney Franks told The Washington Post that the president’s comments prove that “a fundamentalist right has taken over the Republican Party.” Franks also quipped that Bush’s remarks prove that one “can be totally impervious to the effects of Harvard and Yale education.” In short, liberals like Lynn and Franks intimate that nothing the Bible says is scientific and anyone who believes what the Bible says is stupid.
Did you know that hundreds of years before science discovered that the earth was round and suspended in space, the Bible declared these truths (Isaiah 40:22, Job 26:7)? Did you know that Matthew Maury, the first man to chart the currents of the sea, learned of the sea’s paths by reading Psalm 8:8? And are you aware of the fact that the healthy diet prescribed by your doctor today was prescribed by God in the Book of Leviticus over 3,000 years ago? Does the fact that these truths are taught in the Bible make them unscientific and the teaching of them in our public schools unconstitutional? Of course not, and any suggestion to the contrary is totally incongruous.
Why, one wonders, are so many today so determined to keep all evidence of the Bible’s validity out of the public school classroom? Is it, as they portend, to protect the purity of scholasticism? Or is it something most sinister, such as “suppressing the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18)? According to the Apostle Paul, men’s denial of a Creator behind creation is not only inexcusable (Romans 1:19-20) and idiotic (Romans 1:21-22), but indicative of “a reprobate mind” (Romans 1:23-32). Thus, contrary to popular opinion, it is not smarts but sin that is behind the expulsion of God from our public school classrooms.
For several decades diehard evolutionists have enjoyed the censorship of all their critics in America’s public education. Nothing but the Darwinian theory of evolution has been allowed into public school classrooms. All other explanations for the origin of life have been banned under the presumption of unconstitutionality — as if our Constitution prohibits public schools from teaching anything but the cockamamie theory of evolution. Instead of questioning established assertions and seeking evidence to the contrary, which has always been the nature or true science, the science propagated in today’s public schools demands students’ blind allegiance to present and popular hypotheses. It does not teach students to be inquisitive but inflexible; it does not teach students how to think but what to think.
Due to recent and rapidly expanding discoveries in biology, physics, astronomy, botany, chemistry and other major disciplines, hundreds of scientists are leaving the evolutionists’ reservation. No longer able to adhere to an untenable theory with inexplicable gaffes and holes big enough to sail Darwin’s ship the Beagle through, these scientists are conceding the point that the only plausible explanation for an intricately designed universe is an intelligent Designer. It should be noted that many of these converts to intelligent design are not Christians or even religious; they are simply scientists who feel they can no longer deny and suppress the incontrovertible scientific evidence.
In a desperate attempt to protect their monopoly on public education and to discredit the growing chorus of dissenting voices among distinguished scientists, liberals are trying to frame the growing debate over evolution and intelligent design as a debate between enlightened intellectuals and unintelligent religious fanatics. By doing so, they hope to fool the public into believing that only the obtuse object to Darwin’s harebrained theory. For example, New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof recently bemoaned the fact that Americans are three times more likely to believe in the Virgin Birth of Christ (83 percent) than in evolution (28 percent). This, according to Kristof, is proof positive that America is becoming less intellectual. Echoing Kristof, Donald Kaul, retired columnist for the Des Moines Register, cites Americans’ belief in the Bible and disbelief in evolution as evidence of our nation’s “drift toward anti-intellectualism.”
According to liberals, if you believe in the Incarnation, that God became a man, you’re stupid; but if you believe in evolution, that a monkey became a man, you’re smart. According to liberals, if you believe that an intricately designed universe must have an intelligent Designer, you’re stupid; but if you believe that an intricately designed universe has no intelligent Designer, you’re smart. According to liberals, if you believe what the Bible says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth,” you’re stupid; but if you believe what evolution says, that everything, including you and me and a head of cabbage, came from the same single cell that floated up on a slimy beach eons and eons of years ago, you’re smart. According to liberals, if you say there is no God, you’re a genius; but according to the Bible, if you say “there is no God,” you’re a “fool” (Psalms 14:1; 53:1).
It was the Apostle Paul who taught us that the wisdom of God is foolishness to the world and that the wisdom of the world is foolishness to God (1 Corinthians 1:18-25). Nowhere is this truth more evident today than in the ongoing debate over evolution and intelligent design.
Don Walton is founder of Time for Truth Ministries and a full-time evangelist and conference speaker. For more information visit www.time