Survival of species relies on belief systems
March 22, 2009
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An article published last month in The New York Times noted Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, as one with “extraordinary insight” and a man who was “ahead of his time.” The article stated that Darwin’s theory of natural selection has become “the bedrock of modern biology” and that scientists to this day are still trying to understand his theories.
Although members of the scientific community hold Darwin’s theories in high respect, one should consider that the effect of the theory of evolution on man’s worldview is bleak. The belief in the fundamentals of our existence is what will dictate the direction of one’s worldview and value system.
Evolution stems from naturalism and claims the origin of life occurred by random chance, and that mankind evolved from other species. The theory pronounces that nature is all there is; removing any need for a divine creator. Humanity is seen as an elevated animal that doesn’t really need morality and ethics. The importance of human life is brought to the same level as animals.
Scientists and philosophers have sought to answer the universal questions of life in an evolutionary mindset. They have come up with answers to explain the creation of the world by looking solely inside our cosmos because in their worldview that is all there is.
By neglecting a creator, life has no purpose and one will do what is ethically and morally right in their eyes. There is no governing set of rules to tell humans what is right or wrong.
William Provine, the professor of biological studies at Cornell University interviewed in the article, asserted his “views on what modern evolutionary biology.”
“There are no gods, no purposes, no goal-directed forces of any kind,” Provine said. “There is no life after death. When I die, I am absolutely certain that I am going to be dead. That’s the end for me. There is no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning to life, and no free will for humans, either.”
When the public school system removed creationism from its curriculum, it did so to remove religion from schools. American schools traded teaching creationism with teaching evolution.
A Gallup poll revealed the majority of those who believe in evolution are ages 18 to 34 and are less likely to be religious. Although many would argue that evolution is solely scientific, in reality, it creates a naturalistic mindset.
Teaching the fundamentals of our existence determines one’s outlook on life as a whole. If one believes that the answers lie within our cosmic world, then one will seek to find the answers to the universal questions of life in nature.
The belief a person holds about origin will determine how they choose to live their life and will mirror their worldview. These beliefs will determine ethics and morals if the person believes they are accountable to a higher being. What we teach in our schools will directly affect our society.
Becky Yeh is a junior journalism major and a columnist for the Daily Forty-Niner.