Evolution Weekend: Promoting the Myth of the Compatibility of Evolution and Authentic Christianity
Recently, atheist Dr Michael Zimmerman posted an essay at http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Evolution-Sunday-Michael-Zimmerman-2-7-2011.html where he gives his usual propaganda regarding Evolution Weekend as allaeged evidence that there is no real conflict between evolution and true religion. Here was my response:
“When you begin examining the signatures on atheist Dr Michael Zimmerman’s Christian Clergy Letter, you begin to notice that he inflates his numbers with Unitarian Universalists [at the expense of the separate UU Clergy Letter], Unity cult members and members of other cults. So long as they are willing to call themselves Christian, he’s not willing to look a gift horse in the mouth. When you strip away these erroneous signatures, rather than seeing “Christian clergy from many different traditions,” we cannot fail to observe that they largely represent liberal, mainline denominations who long ago abandoned any faith in the Bible nor any other basic Christian belief.
For example, Clergy Letter signator Rev John Shuck [see http://kcsg.wordpress.com/2011/01/22/tennessees-rev-john-shucks-upcoming-evolution-sunday-what-it-means-portrait-of-a-pro-evolution-clergy-letter-signer/ ] has celebrated Evolution Weekend at the Presyterian church he pastors ever since atheist Zimmerman first dreamed up the concept. By his own admission, he doesn’t really believe in miracles, God, heaven and hell or the bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Since the Bible says that we must believe in God [Hebrews 11:6] and must also believe that Jesus was raised from the dead [Romans 10:9 & 1 Corinthians 15:12-18] in order to be saved, “reverend” Shuck isn’t even an authentic Christian, much less a valid clergyman. And one wonders how many of these clergymen who’ve affixed their name to this document could simply affirm basic Christian doctines as Shuck could not.
Rather than being a document showing the world that authentic Christians can also affirm microbes-to-man evolution, it evidences that those who reject Christianity’s Sourcebook [the Bible] as their ultimate authority can believe any arbitrary thing they care to. Worse, it reinforces the point that belief in goo-to-you evolution is incompatible with authentic, traditional Christianity. As Martin Lings once noted [and research published in the book, 'Already Gone: Why Your Kids Will leave Church & What You Can Do About It' confirms], “more cases of loss of religious faith are to be traced to the teaching of evolution than anything else.”
Atheist Zimmerman has been using this Strawman Letter he’s thatched together to alternately browbeat and pacify school boards into supposing there is no conflict between evolution science and authentic Christianity, but this would be like claiming there is no conflict between creation science and pure naturalism. He hopes that no one will notice he’s conflated evolution with science or that he’s also implied that creation science is invalid so that religion is merely superstition and fuzzy morality. What’s that, O’Z[immerman]? Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain? Yet if we bother to look beyond what he wishes to present, his claims begin to unthatch themselves.
Fortunately, authentic Christians are becoming more and more aware of the growing apostasy that has been microbes-to-man evolution’s legacy in the Church. Creationist organizations are engaging the local church like never before to drive home the central truth that God’s supernaturally revealed Word is our ultimate authority and that accepting evolution scence rather than Bible-affirming science is merely a slippery slope onto the Down-Grade to heresy and apostasy. This year’s Creation Weekend [see http://creationsunday.wordpress.com] promises to be bigger than ever before!
Rev Tony Breeden
http://CreationLetter.com – The Biblical Creationist response to atheist Dr Michael Zimmerman’s pro-evolution Clergy Letter Project”
The fact of the matter is that there is no conflict between authentic Bible-affirming science and God’s revealed Word, but evolution and true Christainity must ever be at odds.