This past week, Republican presidential candidate, Texas governor Rick Perry responded to a question from a boy in New Hampshire about evolution. Governor Perry responded by telling the boy:
I hear your mom was asking about evolution. That’s a theory that is out there — and it’s got some gaps in it…God is how we got here.
Not surprising political and secular opponents have attacked Gov. Perry for his remarks.
MSNBC anchor newsman Chris Matthews asked Republican National Committee chair Reince Preibus:
Aren’t you worried, though, that in a world where we have to compete with science, in science and technology with Chinese and Indian young geniuses, and some of them move here, and some that are still over in their countries around the world, we’re competing in a world of science and technology to be a country that might be led by someone who doesn’t believe in evolution? Who doesn’t believe in climate change? Who doesn’t believe in the scientific community of his own country, the National Academy of Science, for example, on climate change? Wouldn’t that be kind of scary to have somebody who is so anti-intellectual as president?
Famed British atheist, Richard Dawkins has also joined the crowd of mockers and scoffers when he said”
There is nothing unusual about Governor Rick Perry. Uneducated fools can be found in every country and every period of history, and they are not unknown in high office. What is unusual about today’s Republican party (I disavow the ridiculous ‘GOP’ nickname, because the party of Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt has lately forfeited all claim to be considered ‘grand’) is this: In any other party and in any other country, an individual may occasionally rise to the top in spite of being an uneducated ignoramus. In today’s Republican Party ‘in spite of’ is not the phrase we need. Ignorance and lack of education are positive qualifications, bordering on obligatory. Intellect, knowledge and linguistic mastery are mistrusted by Republican voters, who, when choosing a president, would apparently prefer someone like themselves over someone actually qualified for the job.
But who are the real uneducated fools when it comes to the evidence?
Any evolutionist who has any sense of integrity and honesty will admit that the theory of evolution has gaps. One area that has plenty of gaps is the fossil record. Evolutionists Nile Eldredge and Ian Tattersall even admit it when they said:
That individual kinds of fossils remain recognizably the same throughout the length of their occurrence in the fossil record had been known to paleontologists long before Darwin published his Origin. Darwin himself, . . . prophesied that future generations of paleontologists would fill in these gaps by diligent search. . . . [More than] one hundred and twenty years of paleontological research later, it has become abundantly clear that the fossil record will not confirm this part of Darwin’s predictions. Nor is the problem a miserably poor record. The fossil record simply shows that this prediction is wrong.
The observation that species are amazingly conservative and static entities throughout long periods of time has all the qualities of the emperor’s new clothes: everyone knew it but preferred to ignore it. Paleontologists, faced with a recalcitrant record obstinately refusing to yield Darwin’s predicted pattern, simply looked the other way.
Other areas of evolution that have gaps include:
- Biology, which still can’t explain how the first cell formed,
- Information, which can’t explain how the informational, languages of DNA, RNA and oligosaccharides originated,
- Astronomy, which still can’t agree on a single theory for the origin of the universe.
Christ Matthews and Richard Dawkins are the ones appearing to be uneducated to the facts and/or are unwilling to be honest about all of the gaps and problems the theory of evolution has. Gov. Perry was being honest and accurate when he told the lad that the theory of evolution has gaps. He was also being honest and accurate when he said that God is how we got here.
Dawkins, Richard. Attention Governor Perry: Evolution is a Fact, Washington Post,Aug. 23, 2011.
Eldredge, Nilesand Tattersall, Ian. The Myths of Human Evolution,ColumbiaUniversity Press,New York, 1984, pp. 45-46.
Sheppard, Noel. Matthews: Wouldn’t it Be Scary to Have President That Doesn’t Believe in Evolution or Climate Change?, Newsbusters.org, Aug. 19, 2011.
Behind the writing of history is a philosophy of history, and behind that philosophy of history are certain pre-theoretical and essentially religious presuppositions. There is no such thing as brute factuality, but rather only interpreted factuality. The historian’s report is always the report of a perspective, a context, a framework. Unlike God, man is not beyond time and circumstance, condition and place. Man is neither a prime mover nor a prime viewer, but, to deny man the status of a first cause and a first view is by no means to deny the validity or function of secondary causes and secondary viewers.
The writing of history is always in terms of a framework—a philosophical and ultimately religious conceptual structure in the mind of the historian. To the orthodox Christian, the shabby incarnations of the reigning historiographies are both absurd and offensive. They are idols, and he is forbidden to bow down to them and must indeed wage war against them. A Christian historiography and a Christian revisionism are thus for him moral imperatives.
For Christian revisionism, there is thus an incarnation that stands as the central point in history, Jesus Christ, and, this incarnation was without confusion of the eternal and the temporal, the divine and the human. This requires a denial of any coming, continuing, or possible incarnation in any historical order or institution. The divinization of church, state, school, or any other institution, or its absorption into the incarnation, is thus a sign of paganism.
The essays in this book are studies in Christian revisionism. Their purpose is to call attention to those aspects of American history which are currently being neglected.