Defying Darwinism: Tragedy in Newtown

Listen!

Did you hear that?

I knew I heard something other than the anguish associated with this tragedy, and if you listen closely, you can hear it too.

With the atrocities perpetrated upon such innocence in Newtown, Connecticut, and now in Boston, I heard what everybody else heard on those days. I heard the cries of first responders, parents, brothers, sisters, teachers, and friends just like everybody else did, but just below the cries of anguish and despair I heard the simultaneous cries of revolt.

At a more foundational level, however, I heard the mutinous rejection of an entire worldview with which our culture has been methodically doused for decades now, the now dominate story about human origins, human worth, and morality now taught, yea, even mandated, in our public schools and universities.

You know the worldview about which I speak here, don’t you? Of course, you do. I refer to the naturalistic Darwinism that now dominates modern academia, the very worldview that, in the face of the Newtown massacre and the Bostonian terror, has absolutely nothing to say. I heard a revolt against the logical conclusions drawn by your typical 10th grade class on evolutionary biology that exclude God, reduce human beings to the sum of their physical and/or chemical parts, and reduce morality to a dance with one’s DNA. In other words, the anguish expressed on that day represented a unified denunciation of the atheistic interpretation of reality behind evolutionary thinking, the reduction of human worth, and the eradication of absolute right and wrong.

That is the pseudo-scientific consensus, you know, but the message I hear amidst the agony is the rejection of such nonsense. It is the outright denunciation of our supposed accidental emergence from some primordial slime, our mere physicality, as well as the inability to logically call anything absolutely evil.

In fact, in response to the Newtown massacre we denounced the kind of world in which such suffering, death, and senseless carnage exist as logical parts of a purely natural world and confirmed its their horrible intrusions caused by the fall of man that the Bible says they are. From Newtown came the condemnation of a worldview whose only logical answer to such atrocities is a calloused and insulting, “c’est la vie” (say la ve) – “that’s life.”

As a nation we protested against the philosophical norm and the foolish idea that we can eliminate God from reality and still retain our humanity or any sense of intrinsic value. Newtown spawned the natural rejection of an only natural world and the
confirmation of its very opposite, a supernatural world in which man is the creation of divine hands and creatures made in the image of the creator himself.

That day and as a nation, we rejected the naturalistic musings of Darwinists who swear by their all inclusive worldview, because as ultimate reality goes, so goes human beings. We rebelled against Daniel Dennett who tells us that we are different only in degree, not essence, from other creatures in the world (Breaking the Spell); and Richard Dawkins, who, in denial of human choice believes morality a mere “dance with one’s DNA. reject the preposterous notion set forth by Paul Bloom who notes that religion is an “accident of nature,” a “profoundly disturbing” reality that human beings seem naturally theistic in a supposed materialistic universe, a view that, according to him, “clashes with the scientific view” (Descartes’ Baby).

Yes, we rebelled that day as we resoundingly refused to live or die the way naturalistic Darwinists tell us we should, because we are not the kind of beings that Darwinists tells us we are.

Do you hear it now?

Tony

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