The PBS film series "Evolution" (part 3)
In your critique of the PBS production "Evolution" you claim that it promotes prominent atheists. Could you explain?
As I explained in earlier columns the PBS documentary "Evolution" fits the definition of indoctrination by suppressing any scientific opposition and by characterizing any such opposition as religious. One has to wonder about the motivation of those who would produce such overt propaganda. However, when we examine the beliefs of those behind it and some of those interviewed as so-called "experts" then it becomes clear that the objective was not to present a scientific case for evolution, but rather a view of the facts from a humanistic and atheistic bias.
It is important for Christians to understand who some of the atheists are featured in this series. Eugenie Scott, the spokesperson for PBS, has received many humanist awards and is the Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education. The NCSE pretends to be religiously neutral and scientific. It is questionable whether it is either. Their website, for example, links to sites which are anti-Christian and their views are overtly naturalistic. Naturalism by definition excludes God and the supernatural. Among their supporters are some of the most prominent atheists in the country. The "so-called science" promoted by Eugenie Scott's organization is evolution. The only science education they seem interested in is promoting is evolution, not dealing with real science like physics, chemistry or operational science used to accomplish things like sending men to the moon and building computers.
The title of "Evolution's" first episode is "Darwin's Dangerous Ideas," no doubt taken from the book by Daniel Dennett. In this book Dennett claims Darwinism is a "universal acid" that "eats through virtually every traditional concept" thus corroding the very foundation of Christianity.
Stephen Jay Gould is also presented as an expert interviewed for the program. Gould, an atheist and a Marxist, is one of the most prominent anti-creationists and evolution proselytizers of our time. As a Marxist he has no need for God but recently has spent a great deal of effort trying to educate the public on how to view God and evolution. He said, "There is no place for God in evolution because there isn't a place for God in that sense in empirical science. That doesn't mean that there isn't a God or that one shouldn't believe in one." Gould has been successfully convincing many that evolution is science and it deals with the facts in the real world, while religion must be separated from reality and relegated to the area of mythology and superstition.
Dr. Edward O. Wilson, featured in Episode four, recognizes the importance of indoctrinating the public in evolution. He once said, "As were many persons in Alabama, I was a born-again Christian. When I was fifteen I entered the Southern Baptist Church with great fervor and interest in the fundamentalist religion. I left at seventeen when I got to the University of Alabama and heard about evolutionary theory." Wilson's prejudice against Biblical Christianity is seen in his characterization of it as "fundamentalist religion" and "dogmatic religion." He offers hope for his fellow atheists in this fight against this "unmitigated evil." He suggests that an effective weapon can be used against such "dogmatism," he said, "Liberal theology can serve as a buffer." As an evolutionary sociobiologist he offers his own view of religion: "When we understand the evolutionary sources, the adaptive meaning, and the genetic history of the religious impulse, I suspect the fatal blow will have been dealt to religious dogmatism…" With Michael Ruse, Wilson wrote this: "In an important sense, ethics as we understand it is an illusion fobbed off on us by our genes to get us to cooperate… Furthermore, the way our biology forces its ends is by making us think that there is an objective higher code, to which we are all subject." Henry Morris comments on this view, "It is amazing what scholars can manage to believe in order not to have to believe in God! They imply that evolution evolves our brains to believe in God, even though there is no God, in order to subject us to a moral code, which is necessary for our survival despite its non-existence!"
The television series "Evolution" made attempts to appear to be religiously neutral. However, being "religiously neutral" is impossible according to these words of Jesus: "He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters." Matthew 12:30. The bias against Biblical Christianity is obvious when we consider the strong atheists that were behind the film.It is so important for Christians to realize that programs like this are a frontal attack not just on the institution of Christianity, but on the person of Jesus Christ. PBS gathered its strongest advocates for atheism for this attack. These atheists realize what is at stake. Their view of evolution and Christianity are best summarized by Frank Zindler, who, in a debate with William Lane Craig said, "The most devastating thing though that biology did to Christianity was the discovery of biological evolution. Now that we know that Adam and Eve never were real people the central myth of Christianity is destroyed. If there is no need of salvation there is no need of a savior. And I submit that puts Jesus, historical or otherwise, into the ranks of the unemployed. I think that evolution is absolutely the death knell of Christianity." (Atheism vs. Christianity video, Zondervan 1996)
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Originally published in the Rockdale/Newton Citizen