Thursday, February 5, 2009

Damn You, Charles Darwin: America's Moral Decline Is All Your Fault

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.

In conservative Oklahoma, OU's focus on Darwin and his revolutionary ideas about biology has ruffled some feathers. The conservative Tulsa Beacon, for example, weighed in this week with an article called "Monkey Business," which attacked Darwin and the idea of evolution.

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, “From that time the moral decline in American society (church and all) is a sad matter of real history."

"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."
This is quite an indictment, one so sweeping that it happens not to be true.

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.


Tulsan said...

"'This is an evangelistic meeting,' said Dr. G. Thomas Sharp said in an interview with the Tulsa Beacon. 'There isn’t any genuine science behind this. This will be like a big Sunday School class.'"

Interesting way to discount the Darwin celebration: compare it to your own shindig.

Tulsan said...

And this:

"Sharp said if the state of Oklahoma is going to fund a huge celebration for an atheist, it should start paying stipends to Oklahoma churches."

Honestly, don't evangelists ever stop thinking about money?

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"Honestly, don't evangelists ever stop thinking about money?"
HAHAHAHAHA! One little sentence, so much truth. For people who are so literal-minded about the Bible, it's amazing what they miss (or deliberately ignore):

Matthew 21:12-13
And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

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