Last night, while I was watching a nail-biting Super Bowl, I saw an advertisement for Carnival cruise lines:
Apparently, Carnival’s commercial doesn’t come without its detractors. Our friendly neighborhood rabid-Fundamentalist Christian commentator Ken Ham has proposed those who read his blog to contemplate this collection of scripture after watching the Carnival ad:
“O king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father kingship and greatness and glory and majesty. And because of the greatness that he gave him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him. Whom he would, he killed, and whom he would, he kept alive; whom he would, he raised up, and whom he would, he humbled. But when his heart was lifted up and his spirit was hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was brought down from his kingly throne, and his glory was taken from him. He was driven from among the children of mankind, and his mind was made like that of a beast, and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys. He was fed grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, until he knew that the Most High God rules the kingdom of mankind and sets over it whom he will. And you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this, but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored…you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting.”
— Daniel 5:18-23, 27
Now, what this has to do with an argument against evolution, I do not know, and I can only assume it has to do with subscribing to an ideal not endorsed by God. But, all that aside, I’m going to get really frank here:
From what we know through the study of biological evolution and other scientific disciplines that attempt to answer the ever-growing list of questions surrounding the significance of life on this planet, it stands to reason that life did actually come from the sea. If someone chooses to believe otherwise, that’s their prerogative. Someone choosing to believe life on Earth exists because of intelligent alien colonization, to me anyway, is just as plausible an idea that a sentient being in the sky created the first human in his own image, then performed a thoracectomy as a means to create his female counterpart. This isn’t to say that those philosophies hold any kind of weight when compared to science, when compared to the evidence thousands and thousands of educated men and women have spent hundreds of years painstakingly studying and collecting. While science may not always be right one-hundred percent of the time, the stark reality is that science has something called evidence, and since Creationists have turned the debate between the legitimacy of evolution and the legitimacy of Biblical Genesis into a courtroom, then evidence is of the utmost importance, and is something that Creationists seriously lack.
When I try to understand the world, the lenses I use are for the purpose of gathering proof, and from a personal standpoint, I have found no proof as to the existence of God, thus everything in the Bible that people like Ken Ham present as fact, to me anyway, are without validity and are just the mad ravings of a man desperate to prove something that he cannot prove. But, as I have grown up in Texas, I understand that there are people who do believe the mad ravings of a man desperate to prove something that he cannot prove, as they themselves have become desperate to prove something that they cannot prove.
I used to think that there was a way to rationalize religion and science, that perhaps the two could learn to co-exist with each other. For example, evolution is fact, but perhaps biological evolution, on all scales, was dictated and put into place by God? I’ve since come to realize that while it is possible, in theory, to do that, such neutrality could only come if Christians like Ken Ham can admit they were wrong about something. Since, at this time, Christians like Ken Ham cannot admit they are wrong about anything, from the standpoint of the human facsimile, it looks as if neither science nor religion can be rationalized with one another. To me, this is one of the great flaws of our civilization — that our need to be completely, unequivocally right stands in the way of our ability to see logic and reason.
I suppose this is a testament to belief, more than anything. I’m constantly told I should have some faith. Here’s the thing about faith, though. Faith, logically, cannot substitute evidence, as faith is merely believing in something despite an absence of proof, while evidence is observable, quantifiable information in support of something. Jesus appearing on a slice of toast is not proof. Neither are the words contained within the Bible. Scientific study is proof, and with it being proof, it is logically the collection of information creatures such as ourselves — creatures with a brain as complex as our understanding of existence allows — should use to further understand our existence.
And science has shown us that we are but highly-evolved animals, not metaphysical beings created by a entity no one can see.