Evolution and Intellectual Honesty

If only the scientific, academic and journalistic communities would really and truthfully discuss the elephant in the room. 

elephant in the roomDo you ever wonder if you’re getting the real truth from teachers, newspapers, media pundits, politicians, school textbooks, or even the scientific community?

Things are not always as they appear, or as what we are taught or told to believe. If the truth was let loose without concern for politics, money, or social and culture bias, it’d be a different world.

Certainly many more people might open up the Bible with a real eye toward seeking understanding and submission to a Higher Power or Designer of life itself.

Many would be downright shocked at how they have been duped into beliefs that were cover-stories of real truth.

The Elephant in the Room
Writer George V. Caylor interviewed Sam, a molecular biologist. George asked Sam about his work. Sam said he and his team were scientific”detectives,” working with DNA and tracking down the cause of disease.

Here is their published conversation:*

George: “Sounds like pretty complicated work.”

Sam: “You can’t imagine how complicated!”

George: “Try me.”

Sam: “I’m a bit like an editor, trying to find a spelling mistake inside a document larger than four complete sets of Encyclopedia Britannica. Seventy volumes, thousands and thousands of pages of small print words.”

George: “With the computer power, you can just use ‘spell check’!”

Sam: “There is no ‘spell check’ because we don’t know yet how the words are supposed to be spelled. We don’t even know for sure which language. And it’s not just the ‘spelling error’ we’re looking for. If any of the punctuation is out of place, or a space out of place, or a grammatical error, we have a mutation that will cause a disease.”

George: “So how do you do it?”

Sam: “We are learning as we go. We have already ‘read’ over two articles in that encyclopedia, and located some ‘typo’s’. It should get easier as time goes by.”

George: “How did all that information happen to get there?”

Sam: “Do you mean, did it just happen? Did it evolve?”

George: “Bingo. Do you believe that the information evolved?”

Sam: “George, nobody I know in my profession truly believes it evolved. It was engineered by ‘genius beyond genius,’ and such information could not have been written any other way. The paper and ink did not write the book. Knowing what we know, it is ridiculous to think otherwise. A bit like Neil Armstrong believing the moon is made of green cheese. He’s been there!”

George:Have you ever stated that in a public lecture, or in any public writings?”

Sam: No. It all just evolved.”

George: “What? You just told me – ?”

Sam: “Just stop right there. To be a molecular biologist requires one to hold on to two insanities at all times. One, it would be insane to believe in evolution when you can see the truth for yourself. Two, it would be insane to say you don’t believe in evolution. All government work, research grants, papers, big college lectures – everything would stop. I’d be out of a job, or relegated to the outer fringes where I couldn’t earn a decent living.”

George: “I hate to say it, Sam, but that sounds intellectually dishonest.”

Sam: “The work I do in genetic research is honorable. We will find the cures to many of mankind’s worst diseases. But in the meantime, we have to live with the ‘elephant in the living room.’

George: “What elephant?”

Sam:Design. It’s like the elephant in the living room. It moves around, takes up an enormous amount of space, loudly trumpets, bumps into us, knocks things over, eats a ton of hay, and smells like an elephant. And yet we have to swear it isn’t there.”

* George V. Caylor, “The Biologists,” The Ledger, Vol. 2, Issue 48, No. 92, 1 December 2000, p. 2. (www.ontherightside.com).

So What is Truth?
Jesus said He was Truth (John 14.6) and we know where He comes down on the topic. Regarding evolution, this much is clear: microevolution is true (things evolve within their own kind/species) and macroevolution is false (things don’t evolve outside their own kind/species). The known facts bear this out. As shown in the above interview exchange, there are very powerful reasons and forces for the known facts to be obscured or covered-up.

But that doesn’t make it right. It’s not necessarily a malicious thing, though in some cases it is. But certainly the suppression of truth is a devious thing that continues to create new generations of ignorant skeptics who are held down from experiencing what the Bible had right all along.

If only the scientific, academic and journalistic communities would really and truthfully discuss the elephant in the room.

Do you believe everything you read and hear about evolution?
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Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:8



Categories: Archaeology, Creation, Evidence, Evil, Evolution, Faith, Theology

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2 replies

  1. LOVE this one Mike! Keep them coming! Linda

  2. Thanks, Mike.
    Very frustrating to read such a clear statement of the obvious, but to live in a culture where that biologist will lose everything if he expresses his true feelings. Intimidated into silence. Even more frustrating that Caylor cannot reveal the biologist’s name. With no name, the article carries no weight. Caylor could have made the whole thing up. That would be the secularist progressive response, anyway. And there is no way to refute that response. Of course, God is bigger than all of this.

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