Monday, August 17, 2015

Faith and Evolution

To accept and believe in evolution requires a significantly selective assessment of the evidence and information used to present and support the theory.  The scientific method proscribes using evidence where an exception stands that invalidates the theory or postulate.  Several pieces of evidence do this to evolution.

When a requisite component of a theory is missing, and remains missing, a component predicted to arise once better methods of acquiring evidence, and access to locations where the evidence may be found permitted, a component missing from the day the theory was propounded, renders the theory suspect. 150 plus years is ample time to discover fossil evidence of special evolution. The variety of species existing on earth presumes at least example of special evolution would surface.  None was discovered suggesting none exists.

The scientific method also mandates any theory endure intense scrutiny to determine the reasons why the requisite components remain missing and take steps to invalidate the theory if the missing information is not available, and the theory is widely disseminated and adopted as a pillar in the science community.

Ignoring information and evidence that discredits and invalidates the theory, or its supporting framework, is not an acceptable practice of science.  Somehow, evolution persists with its adherents knowing and admitting the omissions and failures noted above.

Unsubstatiated  belief, and belief in a principle or theory when the essential core components cannot be produced, and reproduced, as science requires, defies the standards of rigor science demands from other studies that conflict with science and evolution specifically.  Fealty to the scientific method and other aspects of the discipline claimed; that supposedly validate and venerate science collectively, are unconditional respecting evolution.  The reasons that move many, a majority who claim science as a profession, to embrace and aver the validity of evolution, more closely resembles religious faith.  That Faith, is little different from a theological requirement for Christians and other religions. Religious faith accepts some aspects of the religion's beliefs are not verifiable. Secular interests axomatically dismiss religous faith as it holds no evidence that supports its claims.  Religion accepting and asserting as true, the unverifiable aspects of the belief system, is utilized by secularists to denigrate and discredit specific religious tenets and religion collectively.

A simple conflict explains the dynamics that separate religion and secularists. The supreme being, God, recognized and worshipped by religion, and the authority conveyed to that being, is the friction point.  Science ascended to assume that authority when evolution was proposed.   If no God exists, as evolution suggested, science was best prepared to validate and provide mankind truths.  Science had revealed inconsistencies and falsehoods in several areas of religion prior to evolution's proposition.  Those revelations placed science in a position of respect.  At that juncture, science rightly deserved the respect afforded.  Their consistent behaviors and dedication to the standards that shaped and justified science's discipline and credibility were in part due to the reverence science held for God and religion.  The divergence required a quantum shift in the political winds and ideologies that out of desperation from an absent deity drove many to embrace materialism and temporal gratifications.  If earthly life was the extent of a life, the accrual of earthly delights and wealth became A Priori.

Within this vacuum, Marxism, and Nihilism - as described by Nietzsche, compounded confusions and affections.  Some governments forbade religion, and others incrementally adapted to the spread of evolution that, at that time, appeared poised to deliver evidence promised to make it legitimate and enhanced its credibility.  Science gradually assumed more and more authority as it better served the secular and temporal desires men in government and academe sought to control.  The loyalties of men, once God was removed as an from consideration as an option, fell in line; supporting the authority that abetted their prurient pursuits.  

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