Few things can cause more emotional turmoil than disillusionment. We’ve probably all had an experience when a hero, friend, ambition, etc. fails us in a major way. My experience with science and the theory of evolution was like that.
My faith in evolution gave me a sense power and prestige. I felt as though i was privy to the “secrets of the universe”. A cut above the lowly man on the street, those naive clergymen and such. My “knowledge of evolution” from years of “higher education” had given me an ultrasimplistic view of biology and the nature of all living things. Evolution had reduced the greatestÂ Being in the universe to a simple concept, “natural selection”, at least on paper anyway. For many people, that’s good enough especially when so many of those great “scholars” that they look up to have such confidence in the idea.
Surely, if any of the those great scholars had real reservations about the validity of this concept, they would immediately come out with it and make them known. A few began to in the 70’s in the “creationist movement”. There weren’t any real “big names of science” among them and for the most part, they were evangelical christians.
I had recently converted to christianity, myself, and one of the central teachings of christianity is that we should not judge people based on theirÂ popularity and prestige, but rather on their humility and honesty. I listened to the creationists and the great and powerful concept of “evolution” came crashing down like a house of cards when someone walks by a little too fast.
Yes, the logical basis for the theory of evolution was now gone, but the emotional, sentimental, gut sense mind-set was still there. As a person with “science aspirations”, i was suddenly at odds with my own ambitions. I realised very quickly that “science” was a society of evolutionists, who want it to stay that way.
Morality is a misunderstood concept. It comes from the social sciences and refers toÂ the values held by any given culture or society. A person who comes from a pirate culture, for instance, is immoral if he doesn’t steal. A person who lives in Boston is immoral if he is a Yankees fan. “Morality” is a relativistic term in which the “mores” of any society or culture is often in sharp contrast to those of others around them.
“Science” is a term guarded carefully by an elite society of intellectuals who have a very defined set of “mores”.Â One of these “mores” is that you cannot question any “expert” in science unless you are classified as a “peer”. So, this makes creationists for the most part, an immoral bunch to the “scientific elite”. To be an “expert” you must have at least MS level of education and have published many articles in respected “scientific journals” and written books on relavant subjects. Few creationists fit into that category.
The whole creationist controversy was bringing to light another side of the “scientific community”. One that was less objective and honest. The psychological addiction so to speak, of this group of people to the confidence that they had solved most of the great mysteries of the universe and human existence.
The “scientific community” is like an auto manufacturing plant.Â Auto man. plants must go thru a process called, “retooling” each time aÂ different styleÂ car is to be produced. New dies must be made, different components must be fabricated and people trained to get the new model car in production. Once production starts the company can start making money again.
Evolution, to science is like the Beetle was to Volkswagen. Science has tooled itself to run on evolutionary thinking. Science has become comfortable with evolution. It’s much easier to retool metal and machines then it is to retool human thinking and belief. So, if “science” gets confronted with grave problems with it’s “beetle” will it decide to shut down the plant and fix the problems and then reopen for business in a safe and responsible fashion?
For humans, the tendency is to “save face” in these kinds of situations. Look for ways to undue the objections of the creationists and other doubters of evolution. My mind still was filled with the many prejudices i was taught as a “student of science”. Stuff like, “the experts have the final say” and “the earth and the universe are billions of years old”, “all the physical laws we see today have never change throughout time”, “religious people are pathetic fools” and there were constant feelings of guilt and fear when trying to let these prejudices go.
Science can only “retool” when scientists decide to be willing to get off their high horses and “retool” their thinking and work thru the issues as they arise. Jesus teaches us that, “those that exalt themselves shall be abased and those that humble themselve will be exalted”.
The move from evolutionism has started at the grassroots level and has progressed to a more consolidatedÂ core- concept confrontation of the main thesis of darwinism. The concept that nature has to power to create herself without any outside help whatsoever. The rise of Intelligent Design science presents a true “smoking gun” case to the public. Suddenly, the tide of credibility has shifted dramatically to the doubters of evolution. Not in the minds of the “intellectuals” so much as in the minds of ordinary people.
We have been programmed by the so called, “scientific community” to have deeply rooted prejudices against “ordinary people”. To think they are not “qualified” to speak on topics of science and question the ideas of its elite. This is the “achilles heel” of “modern science”, pride.
Real freedom, for me has come from the application of the teachings of the Creator as Jesus. The only one that is able to give us “a life” is the one who put us here.