Seven Reasons for Opposing Evolution -- By: Henry M. Morris

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 122:487 (Jul 1965)
Article: Seven Reasons for Opposing Evolution
Author: Henry M. Morris


Seven Reasons for Opposing Evolution

Henry M. Morris

[Henry M. Morris, Chairman, Department of Civil Engineering, Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Virginia.]

That the theory of evolution, as an all-embracing worldview, is a philosophy of profound importance that must be reckoned with is becoming increasingly evident as its influence penetrates more and more deeply into every phase of modern life. Dr. Rene Dubos, in a national Sigma Chi Lecture Series, recently made the statement: “Most enlightened persons now accept as a fact that everything in the cosmos—from heavenly bodies to human beings—has developed and continues to develop through evolutionary proceases. The great religions of the West have come to accept a historical view of creation. Evolutionary concepts are applied also to social institutions and to the arts. Indeed, most political parties, as well as schools of theology, sociology, history, or arts, teach these concepts and make them the basis of their doctrines. Thus, theoretical biology now pervades all of Western culture indirectly through the concept of progressive historical change.”1

Thus, evolution is not merely a biological theory, but is rather a full-blown cosmology. The whole structure of modern public education, from kindergarten through the postgraduate schools, both in content and methodology, is built around the evolutionary framework. “Dewey’s greatest importance in a theological interpretation of American history is to be found in the revolution which he brought about in the philosophy, purposes and methods of education. He applied his Instrumentalism to education in a remarkably consistent and thorough manner and, in so doing, he re-wrote American

educational practice in the light of his evolutionary philosophy, largely derived from Darwin…the revolution in education became a powerful means for the furthering of the intellectual revolution which Darwin made possible.”2

A Christian, therefore, simply cannot avoid confronting this issue of evolution. It now permeates every aspect of secular life, and most areas of religious life as well. Small wonder that many professing Christians and the institutions with which they are associated (churches, schools, seminaries, publications, missions, etc.) have long since capitulated to evolution, and have tried to adapt their theology and Biblical exegesis to modern evolutionary science and social philosophy.

But a warning from the past is still in order. Nearly a hundred years ago the great theologian, Charles Hodge, after a closely-reasoned masterpiece of ana...

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