“It takes just as much faith to be an atheist as it does to be a religious believer. I don’t point to the Bible to prove this, but rather to the universe.” — Mick Mooney, Why I’d Still Believe In God
Did you know, our picture of the world changed in the year 2017, in a big way? I am writing this in early 2018, and some science writers are looking back in shock and awe.
For example, when I was a boy, public schools and libraries and publications like “Scientific American” and “National Geographic” gave one orthodox picture of humans who are apes that climbed down from trees and walked on the planes of Africa, and evolved into us. This was science, and there was no other way, and for sure there was no God. I was a Christian who went to church every Sunday, and I also studied and worked in a large university. My first degree was in Anthropology, the driver of human evolution ideas. I learned to keep my head down and stay quiet, so I could pass my courses, and later so I could keep my job.
One professor in Anthropology told us that the hard evidence for human evolution could be placed on one table, and this did not justify all the fantastic theories that were presented as facts. He did not put his ideas in writing and he is retired now, so it’s safe to talk about him.
We have all seen the progression in one picture of a hunched-over ugly ape on the left and taller and more intelligent cave men, ending in a tall handsome modern human on the right. Time Life Magazine liked to print this. If you can find one of those old pictures, take a close look. The ugliest apes have dark skin and the handsome intelligent modern human is always white. Think about it.
In 2017, an article was published by “evolutionnews.org” a publication that is generally critical of evolutionary theory. They openly publish what my professor said quietly.
“So five previously “undisputable facts” of human evolution turned out to be nothing but bogus claims this year. ” and “This implies that the well-established scenarios of human evolution must be false” — Fossil Footprints from Crete Deepen Controversy on Human Origins
And quoting a scientist: ““Hey, anything goes.” Well, “anything” surely only refers to anything that does not question the Darwinian paradigm of human origins as such, even when more and more evidence accumulates against it.”
We expect critics to be critical, but this kind of talk was not permitted in academic places a few years ago. Now it is published openly.
Another article was published about the origins and evolution of the universe. This is not about monkeys in trees, but it shows part of the effort to remove God from science:
“This week, Nature published an article that could challenge the theory of stellar evolution … “I think that, over the coming months, stellar astrophysicists will have to redo their calculations,” said Gilles Fontaine, a physics professor at Université de Montréal.” — Nature article turns theory of stellar evolution upside-down
These are not attacks from the outside, but questions and doubts from scientists on the inside. We are moving into a time when we choose to believe. Scientists no longer have clear evidence to remove God from the universe; they only decide what they want to believe, just like the rest of us.
I once talked to a teacher who taught Darwinian evolution in public schools in the north. She had classes filled with natives, the “Indians” in the cowboy movies. I believe Hollywood taught us to disrespect these people who have good things to say, and they said something to their teacher. They asked her if she believed human beings could shape-shift to become animals.
This was a big problem for the teacher, if she said ‘no’ she felt she could be fired for political incorrectness, not respecting native culture. If she said ‘yes’ she could be fired for contradicting Darwin’s human evolution. She quit that job. Both ‘yes’ and ‘no’ are correct for an anthropologist; political correctness and scientific orthodoxy.
I don’t believe in shape shifting, but we need to respect sincere believers, and they need to respect us.
We have gone in a big circle and ended up where we started 2000 years ago “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
We are going through a big shift in modern thinking, and that applies to science, and politics, and everything else we do. We are believing more, and not obeying the people in charge so much.
Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. (Hebrews 1:1 and 2)
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable. (Hebrews 4:13)
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. (Hebrews 11:3)