Quote of the day: Charles Darwin
“Another source of conviction in the existence of God, connected with the reason and not with the feelings, impresses me as having much more weight. This follows from the extreme difficulty or rather impossibility of conceiving this immense and wonderful universe, including man with his capacity of looking far backwards and far into futurity, as the result of blind chance or necessity. When thus reflecting I feel compelled to look to a First Cause having an intelligent mind in some degree analogous to that of man; and I deserve to be called a Theist.”
—Charles Darwin, the founder of evolutionary biology, as cited in his autobiography.
It is noteworthy, to say the least, that the founder of the scientific theory most often cited as evidence for atheism self-described as “theist,” and did not accept the stance that his theory implied atheism. As I describe in There’s Nothing Random About Evolution, the conflict is not between theism and evolution. The term evolution only means change over time, when stripped of the atheistic philosophical add-on that this change is the result of unintelligent processes.
Virtually nobody of any belief system denies that living things have changed over time. Therefore virtually nobody of any belief system denies evolution in the correct sense of the term. Further, advances in science which have occurred since Darwin’s time make it nearly impossible to argue that evolution is an unintelligent process, as I detail in the above mentioned essay.
The real conflict, then, is between theism and atheistic philosophical add-ons to science…and not between theism and science. Please read the philosopher Alvin Plantinga’s book Where the Conflict Really Lies to gain a deeper understanding of this point.