Last week I reviewed The Kingdom of Speech, by Tom Wolfe. Wolfe is not religious (the New York Times calls him an atheist, for whatever that’s worth), but he delivers a stunning critique of modern evolutionary theory as being entirely devoid of substantial evidence.
Which in turn reminded me of David Berlinski’s book The Devils Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions. Berlinski, despite himself being an atheist, cannot tolerate the intellectual arrogance demonstrated by today’s atheistic evolutionists. While I don’t want to review the whole book, I will pass on its main point: a scientific theory should only claim what it can prove. The problem with evolution is that it claims to explain everything, while it actually is able to prove nothing.
But this gulf doesn’t slow atheistic evolutionists down at all. Its not even a speed-bump for them. They write and act as if the entire burden of proof were on the Christian. That’s why I like these books (The Devil’s Delusion and The Kingdom of Speech). They serve as reminders that when it comes to evolution, it is not the Christians who have to prove or disprove anything, because we are not the ones making substantive claims. Rather the burden of proof is on those postulating with certainty that they know the scientific secrets of life.
The result is a modern scientific community that has been snookered by something as obvious as a Nigerian email scam. I’m thankful that there are even atheists who have sufficient vestiges of common sense through common grace to see through the charade of so-called evolutionary theory.
The reason I’m not going to review the entire book by Berlinski is because the inside cover of The Devil’s Delusion sums it up well:
In contrast with “scientific atheism,” Christianity offers truth from the truth source. Wolfe is right—evolution cannot begin to explain speech, much less the evolution of all creatures. And Berlinski is right—scientific atheism has been used to harm the world, not to help it (and certainly not to enlighten it).
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