The religion of evolution

I’ve heard this claim more times than I can mention, and I think that it’s a feeble attempt to bring the theory of evolution down to the level of the accuser. If they believe in a religion, and they have faith that their god is the divine creator, then by the same standard any opposing theory must also be a belief, require faith, and slot into the category of religion. The first mistake that they usually make is not researching evolution enough to understand it, and fail to recognise that a scientific theory is based on gathered evidence, as opposed to a standard theory which is an idea, or a suggestion to explain an event. The second mistake is thinking that the scientific method requires faith, as it’s deeply rooted in scepticism and doubt, and unlike a religion it’s able to adapt upon discovery of new knowledge, and/or evidence.

I read a preposterous article on Answers in Genesis where the authors, both claiming to be doctors, suggest that there’s no observable evidence for evolution, but creationism has observable evidence in the Bible, as it’s the word of god. There are many examples of observed evidence for evolution, and nothing except words from the Bible and speculation on divine creation. Young Earth creationists believe that the Earth is approximately 6,000 years old.

“2,000 years from Adam to Abraham, 2,000 years from Abraham to Christ, and 2,000 years from Christ to today. – Source

Here’s the scientific version.

“By dating the rocks in Earth’s ever-changing crust, as well as the rocks in Earth’s neighbors, such as the moon and visiting meteorites, scientists have calculated that Earth is 4.54 billion years old, with an error range of 50 million years.” – Source

As you can see there’s a tremendously vast difference in the age of the Earth from both parties and it’s actually a four billion five hundred thirty-nine million nine hundred ninety-four thousand difference. So when you accept how creationists blindly believe the words of the Bible over science, then it’s of no surprise that they think that evolution requires faith to must logically be a religion, but that’s assuming that creationists are able to apply logic in the first place. The way the creationist mind works is obvious, and it’s a fear of uncertainty. The Bible maps the birth of the universe and the start of life as an encyclopaedia, a pseudoscientific one, but all of the answers that they require are there. Whereas science whilst in the search for knowledge, being derived from the Latin word ‘scientia’, literally meaning knowledge, it’s about applying reason and doubt. Both of these processes go back as far as the archaic Greek philosophers, mainly the skeptics.

‪Well I am certainly wiser than this man. It is only too likely that neither of us has any knowledge to boast of; but he thinks that he knows something which he does not know, whereas I am quite conscious of my ignorance. At any rate it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small extent, that I do not think that I know what I do not know.‬” – Socrates

Having the honesty to say ‘I don’t know, as the evidence is insufficient’ is a frightening concept to them, and it’s rare to find a sceptic person of faith, as gods require absolute belief and obedience.

Scientists claim that they think unicellular to multicellular is in principal the same as a ‘ratcheting mechanism’, in that it can only go one way. What this means is a scenario is created where it’s only beneficial to a group, and destructive to anything alone, meaning there is no reversion to the state it was in before. In other words unicellular life banded together as a group and became reliant on each other, so there was no chance of a mutation to turn multicellular life back into unicellular life. In a group state, mathematically there’s more chance of mutation, but a mutation to go forward, and not backwards. This is Microevolution at work when there are small, but significant changes at a molecular and cellular level, caused from selection, genetic drift, gene flow and of course mutation. This is certainly a possibility of how life went from unicellular to multicellular. Biologists have been studying evolution for centuries are there are several key areas, and they include:

Anatomy- which shows that species that are similar in structure ie: humans and chimpanzees. Dogs, whales and humans all have similar bone structures in the forelimbs, which suggests that not only did the whale once walk on land, which will explain why mammals live in the sea, but the development of the related bone structure developed in a common ancestor.

DNA – genetic coding that’s shared throughout species that prove a universal common ancestor. This includes the building blocks of life; amino acids.

Resistance – this is how a species evolves to survive ie: bacteria vs antibiotics, and insects vs pesticides

Fossils – that provide evidence of our long extinct relatives.

Natural selection – is the change of biological heredity of a population through generations. Considering bacteria mostly has such a short life span, then several generations can happen very fast. Some microbes can live for hundreds of years on a surface, and some, like HIV only last seconds, but most don’t last very long at all.

Convergent evolution studies how significantly distinct species have evolved the same way through evolution. The strikingly similar features of a shark and a dolphin, despite one being a fish and one being a mammal. To look at they are similar, but anatomically they are very different. A shark has gills and cartilage structure, whereas a dolphin has bones and breathes fresh air. Physically they are very similar in that they have evolved for a common goal. To swim fast and efficiently through water.

Divergent Evolution takes us back to unicellular life, and how the diversity of modern life came from it, and how life can develop from a common ancestor.

Real time observation – watching species evolve over time, and a great example of this is the Florida green lizard who over several generations evolved its feet to climb higher up trees to narrower branches to avoid competition.

Vestigiality – this is organisms that have retained redundant body parts. Did you know that snakes have pelvic bones? Creationists will argue that was god’s doing as he punished the serpent in the garden of Eden.

Biographical relations – put the same species of animals in two different environments and over time they will change to suit the habitat. This is what inspired Charles Darwin to study finches at the Galápagos Islands.

‪‪The fact is that evolutionists believe in evolution because they want to. It is their desire at all costs to explain the origin of everything without a Creator. Evolutionism is thus intrinsically an atheistic religion. Some may prefer to call it humanism, and New Age evolutionists may place it in the context of some form of pantheism, but they all amount to the same thing. Whether atheism or humanism (or even pantheism), the purpose is to eliminate a personal God from any active role in the origin of the universe and all its components, including man.” – Source

‪The above quote is taken from another creationist organisation, and this time it’s the Institute for Creation Research, and as you can see, they are as delusional as Answers in Genesis. This article, however, is extremely bitter and is a direct attack against atheism, in which because we can’t prove there’s no god, then we must have faith, thus making it a religion, and they also claim that evolution isn’t promoted as a science, it’s promoted as a secular religion. So that means that I not only practise the religion of atheism, but I also practise the religion of evolution. How do these people genuinely expect to be taken seriously when they manufacture things to suit their agenda? Because scientists can’t fully explain naturalism, or provide evidence of abiogenesis, does this mean that because we’ve an incomplete picture, then it’s obviously false? And by their standards, believing something that they claim is without evidence is a religion, then surely it’s a two way street and they are being hypocritical?

Social Darwinism vs Darwinism

Social Darwinism‘ is a set of social and political ideologies that arose in the late 1800’s, and its followers believe that society becomes successful from the elite and their view is based on survival of the fittest, which is often confused with ‘Darwinism’s theory of evolution‘, where natural selection explains the species most adaptable to change. The key difference is Darwinism is a natural phenomenon which is about preservation of life by creating an equilibrium with the species’ surroundings, and Social Darwinism is unnatural selection which is human induced social evolution.

Darwinism is an explanation of how the continuation of life is dependant on how well a species can adapt to its environment, continue to breed and pass its genes on, which ‘Charles Darwin‘ explained in his famous book, ‘On the origin of the species’. Whereas Social Darwinism is often used to justify racism, eugenics, Capitalism and ethnic cleansing, and a perfect example of this is ‘Adolf Hitler‘ and his beliefs that ethnic minorities were minorities because they were subhuman (untermensch). Nazis referred to Jews especially as ‘less than human’, and compared them to rats. If Hitler had been successful he would have sterilised every Jew he could find, and as ‘Plato‘ described it, ‘selective breeding’ removing Jews from society. He bin believed that the German master race had weakened due to non-Aryans polluting society, and his answer to this began in prison where he studied eugenics and planned to sterilise the gene pool.

Social Darwinism can be used to explain how societies can evolve over time, and how people that are inherently better, will lead, pioneer and be much more successful. In other words, the fit would be lucrative, using their intelligence to gather wealth, where the unfit would remain stupid, lazy and poor. Many God fearing MAGA accuse Democrats as being Darwinists, as they claim that they promote abortion to further their elitist agenda, and with this claim, they unknowingly admit to being part of the unfit crowd, who are lazy thinkers, non progressive and trapped in the Dark Ages. I’m not sure that they even understand that there’s a subtle difference between evolution and social evolution, but it’s futile to offer an explanation as we will just be called heathen demons.

MEGA: Make Earth Great Again

I’m sure that you’ll all agree that despite technology and science being far more advanced than we could have anticipated at the turn of the century, the world is in a bit of a shoddy state, and it needs reform. We currently have some of the most egotistical, and socially destructive leaders in Earth’s history. There are many environmental concerns that have arisen from climate change, and many people remain ignorant and refuse to accept the impending crisis that life on Earth will have to attempt to survive through. The fossil fuel crisis is more serious than people give recognition to, and sustainable energy is essential for humanities’ future.

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

This is a form of energy that’s readily available in mass supply, like solar, wind or hydropower. The Sun will continually heat the Earth for billions of years, and due to differentiating air pressure caused by uneven heating of the Sun, wind will always exist, as will water to generate hydropower. This kind of sustainable energy has little to no impact on the environment, so it needs to be encouraged. The issue with sustainable energy ie: electric cars; is the price tag. It’s not cheap at all, and my wife’s employer has just spent over £60,000 on a Tesla.

Currently, as it stands, over a billion people are without access to electricity, and several billion more have no options but to rely on fossil fuels. This needs to be rectified, understood, and promoted by every government in the world as if sustainable energy isn’t mainstream within the next 50 years then we as a species are going to be in an irreparable stare of crisis.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Sustainable energy is essential if we wish to battle climate change, and at least slow it down, as not only does fossil fuel cause air pollution, it increases greenhouse gases, and is responsible for millions of death every year. Vehicle emissions are also a danger to the environment, and is a significant contributor to human influence over climate change.

Many people suggest that climate change is a hoax, and it’s a political agenda, but this simply isn’t the case. The Earth’s temperate has risen over the last hundred years, and whilst the Earth goes through natural cycles, and science claims that the history of the Earth has predominantly been in a greenhouse state, fossil fuels and emissions have impacted greatly. This is evident in the land heating up resulting in wild fires around the world, notably California, Australia and the Amazon basin in recent years.

Another significant event that will affect us greatly is glacial retreats, where glaciers will melt quicker than snowfall can accumulate to reform ice. This will result in ocean levels rising, as geologist claim that close to 400,000,000,000 tons of ice melt annually. It’s not just the Arctic and Antarctic regions that are being infected, but Alaska, and Chilean glaciers are being dramatically affected, and all glaciers in the U.S could completely vanish by the end of the century. So it’s incredibly essential that humanity attempts to reduce carbon dioxide and methane emissions, or we are going to see environmental devastation, as water damage will impact everything from civilisation, wildlife and agriculture.

POPULATION EXPLOSION

The population of the Earth is rising faster than we could ever have predicted, and in the last hundred years the population has increased by almost 400% rising from 1.8,000,000,000 to 7.8,000,000,000. Not only has the population increased, but life expectancy had dramatically risen as people have better health care, and live generally healthier lives and on average people are living closer to 80 years old than ever before. Whilst this is great for the individual, we are going to get to the stage where there are an extremely large number of elderly that social services are going to struggle to protect, and this will involve care and housing.

As it currently stands in the U.K, the elderly are often denied dignity, and they are just shipped off to nursing homes, where they are medicated into a trance like state, this is no exaggeration either, as I’ve witnessed it first hand. At least if an elderly person has company in a nursing home, as often they live alone, struggling to cope, and the only visitors they receive are social workers who often lack empathy, and don’t care about the person they’re paid to assist. I’ve also witnessed this first hand, and often the pensioner lives the remainder of their lives lonely, as their families claim to be too busy to pay them a visit, or the family doesn’t live close by, and to travel is an inconvenience.

Not only are people living longer, but there is a serious crisis regarding housing, and employment. There simply aren’t enough jobs, and affordable housing for the majority to live comfortably, and this has increased poverty in even the most productive, and wealthy of countries. With the population surge, it’s putting pressure onto education, and medical services, and this is especially evident during the COVID-19 pandemic. The financial difference between the rich and the poor needs to be seriously addressed as the top tier of wealthy people simply aren’t putting their wealth back into society, and the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer, and this is a grave ethical concern.

TERRORISM AND ORGANISED CRIME

As everyone is aware, since the internet advanced so much in recent years, terrorists, and organised crime gangs are able to operate world wide, and companies data bases are regularly hacked and held as ransom until a fee is paid. Terrorism is a world wide concern, with ISIS, ISIL, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and many, many more. A comprehensive list can be found here, and organised crime groups ranging from mobsters, cartels, Maria families, and many, many more, can be found here. Often these groups are fuelled by media, propaganda, civil unrest, and the rise of extremism has risen dramatically since the turn of the century. People trafficking, be it sex trafficking, or refugees, organised crime groups are getting wealthy from the expense of the vulnerable, and people are that desperate to seek amnesty that they’ll take the risk, and face the dangers of illegal transportation out of their countries.

‪The problems that terrorism brings, other than innocent casualties who just happened to be at the wrong place, at the wrong time, is when governments go on the offensive, and start military campaigns against countries that are accused of being terrorist breeding grounds. The Afghan and Iraqi infrastructure was ripped apart when the west decided to begin their war on terror, and loss of military, and civilian lives was great. They destroyed their economies, and decimated large parts of cities, and civilian properties, and at the end, what was gained? Has terrorism ended?

RELIGIOUS AND ETHNIC TENSION

As far back as you can go through the history of civilisations there’s been religious tensions between ethnicities, and often tension arises when one religious belief potentially threatens another, or religious laws go against another ethnicity’s beliefs. Genocide of ethnic minorities since the turn of the last century, and none more so in countries of the former Soviet Union and conflicts throughout Africa, like the Rwandan genocide of 1994 when the Tutsi were brutally massacred by the Hutu vigilantes. The Bosnian ethnic cleansing a year later saw Serb forces butchering Bosnian Muslim men and boys, which was part of the collapse of Yugoslavia, and in Sudan, mass genocide has been tearing the country apart since 2011.

‪There are areas of the world that have adopted a theocracy, who are unprepared to tolerate secularist views, or even sects of the same religion, and Muslims have been killing Muslims in Arab states like Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. ISIS systematically targeted Yazidis, Shiites, and Christians, and destroyed villages and townships. Sudan was recognised as having the first genocide of the 21st century, with Arab militias executing anyone who was a non-Arab. How can we possibly progress as a united species, if there are constant conflicts resulting in many casualties due to religious difference, or ethnicity?‬

RACIAL INEQUALITY

Racism and gender inequality has always been an issue, especially in predominantly religious countries where their religious intolerance is often guided by holy scripture. With the world observing extreme police brutality with the death of George Floyd, public, and celebrity demonstrations and condemnation have been numerous, the racial inequality has been highlighted in America, and people have grown tired of the inequality and prejudice that non-whites are facing. It needs to end, and end fast.

LBGTQ INEQUALITY

In the U.K one in every five LBGTQ individual has been subjected to some form of hate crime, and this happens on a daily basis because individuals aren’t being allowed the freedom that should be given, by default to any person as all people deserve human rights, and dignity. This is just people that have reported the crime, and so many don’t as they are fearful of repercussions from the perpetrators of the crimes. According to a survey carried out by YouGov, it’s not just physical or verbal, it’s prejudice at every level of their lives.

Employers, places of worship, social situations and sporting events have all presented serious cases against homosexual and transgender people, and if the person is of mixed race, or minority ethnicity 24% of people reported various cases of hate crime ranging from insults to violence. This is simply unacceptable considering it’s 2020, and we are supposed to be living in a society that’s more accepting, allegedly. As a straight male, I honestly can’t imagine how it must feel to be in society with a loved one and fear for my safety, just because of my sexuality. There’s just no excuse for such vile and repulsive prejudice.