To say that Charles Darwin influenced his world greatly cannot be disputed. To say that he was a great man is an unfortunate exaggeration.
Nevertheless, much of the world will celebrate the life and work of Charles Darwin during his 200th birthday on February 12. "Celebrate" is an understatement; "worship" better describes the veneration given to the man who popularized the notion that God had nothing to do with the origin or development of the universe and all it contains.
"Notion" is an appropriate description; "theory" is too generous. For the philosophy of science called "evolution" is just that--a philosophical system of belief that cannot be substantiated by any observable evidence, either in action today or through nature's record of the past. Even Darwin admitted that certain evidence might later be uncovered that would contradict his conclusions.
This special double-issue of Acts & Facts focuses on Darwin's dangerous influence, not his supposed greatness.
For instance, Dr. Randy Guliuzza reports on the thousands of people victimized right here in the United States due to eugenics, the evolution-based practice that sought to genetically purify the races by eliminating those considered unfit. (Sounds eerily similar to the deeds of another person of influence in the 20th century.)
The great men of science like Newton, Kepler, Maxwell, and others were unashamed to acknowledge design in nature. These are the men who founded the modern disciplines of scientific study, the work upon which all scientists stand today. And yet, while these patriarchs of modern science sought to extol the Creator through their work, few scientists follow in their footsteps, choosing rather to base their research upon unsubstantiated stories of accidental design. Don't miss Christine Dao's "Man of Science, Man of God" article on ICR founder Dr. Henry Morris.
In honor of Dr. Morris, we have presented his article "The Vanishing Case for Evolution," which succinctly lays out overwhelming evidence--using the words of evolution's most ardent purveyors--that slams the door on Darwin's inventive story of origins by accident.
As an aside, it is interesting that February is also Black History Month in the United States. So, while African-Americans are celebrating those who bravely fought for their equality in society, scientists around the world are celebrating the man who sought to demonstrate the inferiority of certain races by declaring them to be less than human. Remember, the title Darwin gave to his treatise on evolution was On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Contrast this message with the other famous birthday in February: Abraham Lincoln, the man who fought to set the slaves free.
Dr. James Johnson describes the dangerous predicament of many Christians today who seek to please men rather than God by giving false testimony about the creation, allowing evolutionary ideas to interpret (and thus contradict) Scripture. Sadly, many leaders in ministry and Christian education have adopted a syncretistic approach to theology, satisfied that experts in science today know much more than the Expert of Genesis 1:1.
In American schools, as Dr. Patti Nason explains, the danger of Darwin's philosophy of evolution is seen in the erosion of sound science education and an alarming increase in lobbying efforts to curb critical thinking skills in the classroom. More and more state legislatures are wrestling with science education standards and finding that atheist organizations are pushing to eliminate any mention of evolution's weaknesses in school.
Of greater concern than the battle over public school education is the war being waged over what private Christian schools are allowed to teach, such as in the case of the University of California's discrimination against Christian school graduates because they were taught history and science from a biblical viewpoint. ICR also continues to face this challenge as state officials seek to bar our 27-year-old M.S. program from entering Texas.
Other articles of interest in this special issue are Dr. Steve Austin's account of his recent research project in Argentina for ICR's National Creation Science Foundation. It was there, along the Santa Cruz River, that Charles Darwin made his first wrong turn in science. Also, Dr. Danny Faulkner discusses the bankrupt concepts of evolution-based astronomy. These and other insightful articles are geared to set the record straight on Charles Darwin's influence in science and in society.
Throughout 2009, ICR will take this message of the Creator around the country through its Demand the Evidence conferences, staying true to our mission to confront the culture with a genuinely creationist worldview and to edify the Church with biblical truth.
And if you dare to become a "creation advocate," brace yourselves for opposition. Jesus promised it.
* Mr. Ford is Executive Editor.
Cite this article: Ford, L. E. 2009. Unraveling the Deeds of a Dangerous Man. Acts & Facts. 38 (2): 3.