The University of Oklahoma will be celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species in 2009 with a series of lectures and other special events, including a speech by British author and well-known atheist Richard Dawkins.
The Beacon featured Oklahoma-based Christian educator named G. Thomas Sharp as the chief critic of evolution. Unsurprisingly, Sharp lowered the boom on Darwin and his malicious influence on, well, just about everything.
Here's a sample:
"The doctrine of Darwinian evolution gained the imagination of the college-set by the turn of the century, an event which ultimately culminated in the overthrow of America’s Hebrew-Christian culture by 1962-63,” Sharp wrote on his website, www.creationtruth.com. “From that time the moral decline in American society (church and all) is a sad matter of real history."This is quite an indictment, one so sweeping that it happens not to be true.
"As a Christian worker and professional educator for the past 40 years, I have been keenly aware that every aspect of life in America has been negatively influenced by the subtle and godless philosophy of evolutionism for some time."
As Sharp would have it, America's moral decline began in the 1960s and it's been downhill every since. Really? So everything that's happened in the U.S. since the 1963 has been bad? And Darwin's fault?
Let's check out some "real history" since 1963, shall we? Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980 and served for eight years. Was America's most famous conservative leader was part of "the moral decline in American society"?
We don't buy it. We don't think the American people buy it. Love him or not, Reagan never seemed influenced by "the subtle and godless philosophy of evolutionism."
On the international stage, what about Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the conservative British leader and fast friend of Ronald Reagan? Like Reagan, Thatcher wasn't much of godless evolutionist.
Outside of politics, what about the rising life expectancy in the United States since the 1960s? This is a good thing. So how does this square with evolution's evil influence on American morality?
Or what about the fact that a huge majority of Americans believe in God and that suburban mega-churches are growing by leaps and bounds all over the nation? Rick Warren, anyone?
Sharp is arguing that all this—and much more—is bad, a sign of evolution's evil influence and America's moral decline. We beg to differ.