I didn’t watch it; I don’t see the point. It doesn’t matter who “won” it. If Mr. Nye (“Science Guy”) was seen to have lost narrowly or won big, it will be reported that he won big. If Mr. Ham (Creation Guy) won big, it will be reported that he is a racist, sexist, homophobe, or the story will be buried. That’s just the way these things work today.
Oh, I have a head full of thoughts on the subject in general, on the Theory of Evolution, the Big Bang Theory, the Global Warming Theory… but who cares what I think about them?
I have a head full of thoughts about these kinds of debates in general as well, and I don’t think much of them. I’m really more interested in how people respond to them, how they “spin” them, you might say. But them this really isn’t that kind of a blog…
Still, something in the back of my head keeps saying, “Write on this!” Could it be characterized as a still, small little voice? Maybe.
A Question for the teacher
What am I left with? I’m only left with a question. It is a question that I first heard in a high school biology class nearly 40 years ago, asked by a notorious pot-head, no less, a question the our teacher didn’t choose to answer. The question was this:
“So you’re saying that we are pond scum that accidentally somehow turned into people for no reason and no purpose. What’s the point of doing anything, then?”
At the time, I thought that the guy who asked the question, Tim was his name as I recall, had fairly and accurately summed up what we were being taught, and our teacher had no answer. A class discussion ensued, but didn’t last long as our teacher, now very angry, yelled at us to “SHUT UP!”
Tim did not graduate from high school, since he died of a drug overdose in 11th grade… He was not the only one, I can assure you.
I’m not suggesting that Tim’s problems, and the problems of anybody else were caused by the Theory of Evolution. Yet with that said, we cannot but question the implications of the theory, and wonder how much damage they have done in the minds of human beings who had little or no hope that tomorrow would be a better day.
Oh, you might just say that people like Tim were great Darwinian examples of the weak being eliminated and the strong living on to reproduce. Yeah, maybe that’s it, survival of the fittest! But if you were to say that, I’d reply that you are one sick puppy!
Well that was Tim’s question, here’s mine:
How much pure human potential has been destroyed by teaching our children that human life has no value or meaning other than SELF?
Maybe someone would “answer” the question by simply calling me names; yes, that’s the way it’s done these days. I’ve seen quite a few of them in “atheist” blogs recently. Surely, if I pose such an indelicate question I must be “abusive, oppressive, homophobic” or simply “deluded.” Surely guys like me, asking tough questions need to be made to appear foolish so nobody will listen; “marginalized” is what the politicians call it. Yes, “marginalized” just like Jesus Christ was marginalized by His opponents, you know who they were, the guys who wouldn’t dare answer the tough questions.
Yes, it’s funny how much of that is posted under “Bible” on WordPress!
And still, the question remains.
OK, here’s another possibility, you could go “scientific” on me and say that Tim’s question, and mine too, are examples of hysterical reactions to truthful scientific discoveries on the part of people who are victimized by fairy tales, myths and evil oppressive religious traditions. (Oh, I like this one!) And you could say that there is no evidence whatsoever that anything has ever happened as a result of the philosophical implications of Evolution. In fact, you might even say that philosophical implications are irrelevant, and maybe you would be right about that. But would you dare to look at crime and social statistics for the last 50 years and tell us that nothing has been going on in our midst?
There were gangs 50 years ago; how many drive-by’s were there? There were guns 50 years ago, how many kids shot up their schools back then? How many shot up shopping malls or movie theaters? What was the divorce rate? What percentage of kids dropped out of school back then? Or couldn’t read? Or who swore at the teachers? Or who had total disregard for authority? Or…? Or…? Or…? These questions could go on for quite some time, don’t you think?
What happens when we teach young, impressionable children that there is no value in human life, and that there is no purpose in their own lives; that life has no meaning, that there is no God, no authority, and that they can just do whatever feels good at the moment? Why not, we are nothing more than a cosmic mistake!
Nothing good…. and yes, I am being judgmental: Deal with it.
Could there be hope?
Yes, there could be hope! We aren’t called to pawn the Bible off as a scientific handbook; it isn’t one! It is a book of hope, meaning and love. Many in our time will say they don’t believe in God because of science, but science isn’t the point. The point is in the Person of Jesus Christ. Let such people see the love of Jesus Christ at work in the way you live your life. Let them see your joy, your peace and your hopefulness. As your relationships grow and mature into relationships of trust, you might just be surprised at who comes around, for they will see in you qualities that cannot be measured in the laboratory. They will see the very being of Christ!