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Atheist Delusion - Books & Debates on Atheism by Richard Dawkins

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  • Darwinism does not provide justification for any of those things. The idea that animal species can change their gene pool over time via natural selection in no way provides justification for murder any more than religion does. People who are against gay rights use religion as justification for bigotry for instance. And I don't know how a lack of God equals a lack of freedom works.
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  • Hitler was deeply religious and used that religion to justify the Holocaust. The first and second world wars, like the Napoleonic wars, were driven by greed and power, not by anything else. However religion has been the cause of the Holy wars, the Spanish Inquisition, the Witch Trials, and other wars, just to name a few.
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Atheist Delusion - Books & Debates on Atheism by Richard Dawkins

  1. 1. Evolution – a Theory in Crisis Part 2 of 3 The Philosophical Bankruptcy of Darwinian Evolution Also available: Part 1 of 3 – The Scientific Bankruptcy of Darwinian Evolution Part 3 of 3 – The Biblical Creation Alternative & Its Implications
  2. 2. Philosophy “ A set of beliefs reached by investigation & contemplation of the cause and nature of being and reality .” Your ‘take’ on life Socrates Logical Positivism – Existentialism – Relativism Pragmatism – Utilitarianism – Postmodernism
  3. 3. James Dewey Watson (Co-discoverer of the structure of DNA) “ Charles Darwin will eventually be seen as a far more influential figure in the history of human thought than either Jesus Christ or Mohammed .”
  4. 4. ‘‘ It was because Darwinian theory broke man’s link with God and set him adrift in a cosmos without purpose or end that its impact was so fundamental. No other intellectual revolution in modern times…so profoundly affected the way men viewed themselves and their place in the universe. ’’
  5. 5. The philosophical direction of Darwinism? Naturalism “ The cosmos is all there is.” =
  6. 6. 1 st Panel in ‘Origin of Species’ exhibit @ Natural History Museum
  7. 7. <ul><li>‘‘ The entire scientific ethos & philosophy of modern Western man is based to a large extent upon the central claim of Darwinian theory that humanity was not born by the creative intentions of a deity but by a completely mindless trial & error selection of random molecular patterns. The cultural importance of evolution theory is therefore immeasurable, forming as it does the centrepiece, the crowning achievement, of the naturalistic view of the world, the final triumph of the secular thesis which since the end of the middle ages has displaced the old naïve cosmo-logy of Genesis from the western mind.’’ Michael Denton Ph.D. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Theology </li></ul><ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Morality </li></ul>Dark shadows Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
  9. 9. “… light came as in a flood and all was clear. Not only had I got rid of theology and the supernatural, but I had found the truth of evolution .” Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919)
  10. 10. “ I have done a great deal of work on Darwin and can say with some assurance that Darwin did not derive his theory from nature but rather superimposed a certain philosophical world-view on nature and then spent 20 years trying to gather facts to make it stick .” George Grinnell
  11. 11. LENIN (1870-1924) MARX (1818-1883) HITLER (1889-1945) STALIN (1879-1953) NIETZSCHE (1844-1900) MAO (1893-1976) HAECKEL (1834-1919) FREUD (1856-1939)
  12. 12. The ‘Darwin’ statue Lenin kept on his desk in the Kremlin
  13. 13. Frontispiece from Ernst Haeckel’s 1868 book The Natural History of Creation
  14. 14. Darwinism provided scientific justification for: <ul><li>Racism </li></ul><ul><li>Eugenics </li></ul>
  15. 15. “ Darwinism by itself did not produce the Holocaust, but without Darwinism, especially in its social Darwinist and eugenics permutations, neither Hitler nor his Nazi followers would have had the necessary scientific underpinnings to convince themselves and their collaborators that one of the world’s greatest atrocities was really morally praiseworthy .” Richard Weikart - associate professor of modern European history at California State University. From Darwin to Hitler
  16. 16. An illogical outworking of the teachings of Christ
  17. 17. A logical outworking of atheistic evolutionary ideology
  18. 18. 1904 “ The new world view actually rests on the theory of evolution. On it we have to construct a new ethics…All values will have to be revalued ” Darwinian biologist Arnold Dodel
  19. 19. Darwinism continues to provide justification for: <ul><li>Eugenics (screening) </li></ul><ul><li>Abortion </li></ul><ul><li>Embryonic Stem Cell research </li></ul><ul><li>Euthanasia </li></ul><ul><li>Infanticide </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>‘‘ I had motives for not wanting the world to have meaning; consequently assumed it had none, and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption… For myself, as no doubt for most of my contemp- oraries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation. The liberation we desired was simultaneously liberation from a certain political and economic system and liberation from a certain system of morality. We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom; we objected to the political and economic system because it was unjust. ’’ </li></ul><ul><li>Aldous Huxley </li></ul>
  21. 21. “ Not all atheists are immoral, but morality as goodness cannot be justified with atheistic presuppositions… He may have personal moral values, but he cannot have any sense of compelling and universal moral obligation. Moral duty cannot logically operate without a moral law; and there is not moral law in an amoral world .”
  22. 22. William Provine Biologist at Cornell University <ul><li>Darwinism means: </li></ul><ul><li>‘‘ No life after death; no ultimate foundation for ethics; no ultimate meaning for life; no free will .’’ </li></ul>
  23. 23. The 4 Big Questions <ul><li>1. Origin </li></ul><ul><li>How did life come to be? </li></ul><ul><li>2. Meaning </li></ul><ul><li>To what purpose is my life? </li></ul><ul><li>3. Morality </li></ul><ul><li>How may I distinguish between right & wrong? </li></ul><ul><li>4. Destiny </li></ul><ul><li>What happens to me when I die? </li></ul>?

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