The World's Wisdom: "Evolution". God's Folly: "The Platypus". God wins.
April 29, 2017
“For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the prudence of the prudent I will reject. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world, by wisdom, knew not God, it pleased God, by the foolishness of our preaching, to save them that believe.” (1 Cor 1:19-21)
The theory of evolution is undergoing some major mutations and leaps in its attempt to maintain credibility and survive in an environment where finally only truth can live. Advances in molecular biology are spectacularly increasing the gap between the intricate complexity of observed reality and the explanatory power of evolutionary models. A century and a half of discoveries in the fossil record repeatedly confirms that beautifully refined species arrive on the scene fully intact, as if without biological genealogy. Moreover schematics which attempt to set out a timeline marking development from simple to sophisticated organisms are being repeatedly thwarted by evidence showing complex life appearing much earlier than they postulated was possible. And animals like the platypus (reptile? mammal? bird?) continue to defy every materialist hypothesis of origins. But macro-evolution, including the emergence of rational creatures from irrational, is not merely bad science, it is metaphysically impossible.
Earlier today our Young Adults & Professionals Group met to consider "The Metaphysical Impossibility of Macro-Evolution". Near the beginning the seven of us present declared our interests: 2 firmly against macro-evolution; 1 firmly for; 2 sceptical but willing to be persuaded; 2 neutral. The room included those who have studied mathematics, medicine, psychology, physics, theology or none of the above. The discussion went on and on for over three hours. At the end we asked who of us had moved from their original position. The result? None of us had. No development. No evolution! In fairness to the one arguing for macro-evolution, he pointed out it takes a long, long time for developments to become manifest, and he generously allowed us plenty of time to keep considering the question.
There have been several expressions of interest from those falling outside the 18-35 age range for a second talk by Fr Mawdsley on the same subject open to all. Perhaps a Wednesday evening in June? This blog and our bulletin will give details in due course. In the meantime, below are the notes for today's discussion. Please do not be put off the next talk by the jargon--the hope is to make the exchange of ideas accessible to all who are interested.
The fact that scientists, teachers and journalists who oppose macro-evolution suffer disproportionate professional put-downs should make any intelligent person wonder at what forces exactly are promoting the theory of macro-evolution. Why does a scientific theory need enormous political and financial backing to hold its ground?
[NB Here macro-evolution is taken to mean the emergence of phyla of organisms from another (lower) phylum. Meanwhile micro-evolution, or the adaptation of a species to its environment, is uncontroversial and well attested.]