Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Thoughts on Evolution-v-Creation

I think the subject evolution-v-creation is interesting because there are people who still believe that the creation story is true word for word. I think it is something that hurts human civilization too because that one belief sets up room for the acceptance of other myth as fact. It causes people to not question the nature of existence. Even Mr. Ham said it when Mr. Nye answered a question with "I don't know". Mr. Ham would hold up the Bible and say the answer is in that book.

Bill Nye & Ken Ham Debate

I think people who mix science and religion are in the minority within the Christian right wing. Maybe there aren't any people like that in the right wing. There are a great number of people who do take every last word of the Christian Bible as undeniable and literal fact. They try to teach creationism in the schools to our children as if it is science, when it is not. It is myth and should be taught as an elective course as philosophy.

This kind of thing goes back a long way. This subject of contention. Remember the Scopes trial. The trial publicized the Fundamentalist–Modernist Controversy, which set Modernists, who said evolution was not inconsistent with religion, against Fundamentalists, who said the word of God as revealed in the Bible took priority over all human knowledge. The case was thus seen as both a theological contest and a trial on whether modern science regarding the creation–evolution controversy should be taught in schools.

They lost their battle to pass anti-evolution laws in the end, so the fundamentalists side step the whole thing, and set up their own system. That is one of the appealing things about the concept of home schooling. One can get away with teaching children creationism, climate denial, or any other non-fact thing as fact. This is a continuance of the Fundamentalist–Modernist Controversy. People should lay this controversy to rest and embrace science. Many of the people on the fundamentalist side are the anti-vaxxers too.

When people get set up to believe in myth as a fact, they get set up to distrust science. So we get anti-vaxxers, and human made global climate change deniers. Just those two things can have devastating consequences for human civilization. So the Modernist fights the fundamentalist notions because of a need to preserve human kind, while the fundamentalist fights the modernist to preserve a belief in a myth. While the fight continues, children die from measles, and our environment becomes more hostile.

I think the fundamentalists don't really care because they also believe in a "Second Coming" of Jesus. One fundamentalist even told me so in horrifying detail. "If dropping a nuke on the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount is what it takes to bring about the Second Coming, so be it. What is coming will be so much better than what we have now.", she said. That tells me that the death of humans for them is of no consequence because they believe people are going to have an afterlife. That concept of an afterlife is also a dangerous notion. They use it as motivation for people to die in their mythological cause. They are okay with dying because they think they are going to keep living spiritually.

So this one thing, which is the first thing taught in the Bible, sets up people on a path that leads to misery for human kind. It is the foundation on which other dangerous beliefs are built. It should be something that is wholly rejected by humanity. It is the teachings of a death cult.