Atheism & Evolution

Atheism & Evolution

Charles Darwin and the Origin of Species

In the BBC series ‘Great Britons’ in 2002, Charles Darwin was listed as the 4th greatest Briton ever to have lived. In his contribution to the series, BBC correspondent and atheist Andrew Marr stated: “We have many local heroes; we have only one world changer. His name is Charles Darwin.” In a similar vein James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, stated, “Charles Darwin will eventually be seen as a far more influential figure in the history of human…

“If There’s a God, Please Lift That Dustbin Lid”

The British TV series Dixon of Dock Green ran for an incredible 25 years. In 1990, the atheistic playwright behind it, Ted Willis, moved an amendment to the Broadcasting Bill in the British Houses of Parliament, hoping to pave the way for the presentation of humanism alongside Christianity on religious programmes on the BBC. Explaining his motives to a committee in the House of Lords, Baron Willis confessed, “I am a total non-believer. I do not apologise to the committee for that.…

It’s Time to Downgrade Your Atheism

So, you’re an atheist? Yes. Are you absolutely sure that God doesn’t exist? 100% positive? Totally beyond doubt? No, I didn’t say that. I can’t absolutely prove the non-existence of God, not in the sense of mathematical proof anyway. So you’re not really an atheist, you’re an agnostic. Well…I suppose so, if you want to put it like that, but either way I don’t believe in God. Are you a soft agnostic or a hard agnostic? I mean, are you…

Stephen Hawking’s Sleight of Hand

In his 2010 book, The Grand Design, Stephen W. Hawking includes a sentence of staggering, perhaps unparalleled, sleight-of-hand proportions. “Because there is a law such as gravity,” he writes, “the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the Universe going.” Surely, any thinking child above the age…

God is Obvious

From Augustine and Thomas Aquinas in the past, to John Lennox and William Lane Craig in the present, there has been a steady stream of formidable Christian apologists throughout history who have furnished the world with ample convincing arguments for the existence of God. Look out for the cosmological, teleological, moral, ontological and contingency arguments – to name a few – if you wish to explore further. The classic arguments for the existence of God are certainly not useless, but neither…

Dawkins Contradicts Himself

It is some years since I read ‘The God Delusion’ by Richard Dawkins. An erudite man, a lucid communicator and an eloquent writer, the world’s most famous atheist has a reputation as an outstanding logician. In classical logic, the law of non-contradiction states that “contradictory statements cannot both be true in the same sense at the same time”. So, consider: Dawkins Statement 1 In a 1996 speech to the American Humanist Association – while accepting their ‘Humanist of the Year’…

Is the Appendix Vestigial?

In 1871, twelve years after his On the Origin of Species was published, Charles Darwin released another explosive book about evolution, The Descent of Man, in which he outlined his theory of human evolution, his main proposal being that mankind had evolved from “some lower form”. Humans are descendants of ape-like creatures, he claimed. Only prejudice and arrogance, wrote Darwin, would lead an intelligent naturalist to continue to maintain the idea that man had been created separately from other mammals. The Descent of Man represented a declaration…

Why I Am Not An Atheist

Atheism is flourishing in the UK. Though 100 years ago most people in the UK attended church, the current figure sits at around 6%. Compare that with the 14% who identify as “convinced atheists”. The ‘atheist percentage’ is considerably higher among the young, which indicates that within a generation the country whose national anthem begins “God save our gracious Queen” will, for the most part, no longer believe God exists. The roots of this malaise go back a long way.…

The Bible Validates Itself

The Bible needs no external authority to validate it. Scripture is self-authenticating and bears the unmistakable stamp of divine authorship, as John Parkinson explains: In our pluralistic age we often hear the Bible described as merely another source of divine inspiration alongside the sacred texts of the Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs. It is also argued that the Bible makes its own claim to be the word of God and that therefore the claim cannot be valid. Why should anyone…

Few Sophisticated People Believe the Bible – Here’s Why.

Psychologist, author and Harvard professor Steven Pinker is one of the world’s leading atheists. In his book, Enlightenment Now (Penguin, 2018), he says: “Few sophisticated people today profess a belief in heaven and hell, the literal truth of the Bible, or a God who flouts the laws of physics.” Pinker is undoubtedly correct, and I say that as a person who believes in heaven and hell, in the literal truth of the Bible and in the miracles recorded in Scripture. Stung by Pinker’s smear,…

Is the Human Eye Wired Backwards?

The extreme perfection, complexity and beauty of the human eye – not to mention its dazzling array of utterly astounding functions and capabilities – is both a puzzle and a nightmare for Darwinists. The incredibly complex compound eyes of the Trilobite A detailed evolutionary history of the human eye – that is, the mutational pathway from no sight to human sight – has yet to be traced, even in theory. Yes, an imagined progression from ‘light sensitive spot’ to the ‘vertebrate eye’ has been…

Yale Professor: “Darwin was wrong”.

David Gelernter is a ‘rare bird’. An unconverted Western intellectual who rejects Darwin’s theory of evolution. Why highlight the story of a professor who gives up on Darwin but doesn’t become a “born again Christian”? Because that’s not a good look for Darwinism, is it? One expects Christians to reject Darwin. After all, they are biased, right? But Gelernter? Here are the details in brief. David Gelernter (born 1955) is a writer, professor of computer science at Yale University and an erudite…

The Most Common Objection to God – Answered.

The most common objection to the God of the Bible is not “how did Noah get all the animals onto the ark?”, nor even “Where did Cain get his wife?”. Ask the average atheist why he doesn’t believe in God and he’ll simply say, “There’s no evidence.” The Bible challenges that claim in Acts 14:17, stating that throughout history “God has left not Himself without witness.” God has left a trail of evidence behind Him for all to see. In…

No, Mr Dawkins, Faith is Not “Belief without Evidence”

Faith is anathema to outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins, who scornfully describes it as “blind trust, in the absence of evidence, even in the teeth of evidence”.1  Without evidence, faith is silly; with evidence, faith is superfluous. Game, set and match to atheism? Not so fast. When Christ appeared alive in a room in Jerusalem, two weeks after his resurrection, he faced skepticism from ‘doubting Thomas’, a disciple who had made clear he wasn’t about to believe in any kind of miraculous resurrection without evidence.…

Everybody Worships Something

Everyone worships something, even atheists. Actually, especially atheists. Obliterating God from one’s life leaves a gargantuan hole that, consciously or unconsciously, God-rejectors cannot help but try to fill with meaningful God-substitutes. Nature abhors a vacuum. Now, here’s where it gets tricky. The substitute gods of secularism over-promise and under-deliver. After all, what can possibly replace God? But under-delivery isn’t the whole story. Substitute gods are, by their very nature, hungry and unforgiving, eating their devotees alive. Worship pleasure, and you’ll quickly find…