Evangelist Takes On Darwin
What would Darwin do? Just in time for the 150th anniversary of The Origin of Species, his magnum opus has been reprinted with an introduction not by a scientist or historian, but by a Christian evangelist. He and a Christian movie actor are trying to get their special edition to students at major universities. Talk about brashness. Darwin’s defenders are stepping on themselves to condemn this – well, blasphemy.
World Net Daily told how actor Kirk Cameron is taking heat for working with evangelist Ray Comfort to get the “special edition” of Origin on 100 university campuses for the anniversary. Cameron (Growing Pains, Left Behind, Fireproof) is now unwitting star of a YouTube spoof making him out to be a “willfully ignorant idiot” for taking on Darwin. Comfort seems to enjoy watching the response. “The atheists are going crazy,” he told World Net Daily.
Ray Comfort’s introduction to the Origin includes intelligent design arguments, a look at Darwin’s influence on history, and a short gospel message. Kirk Cameron commented, “An entire generation is being brainwashed by atheistic evolution without even hearing the alternative; and it’s radically changing the culture of our nation.” The two have gained years of street smarts talking with atheists.
Comfort defends his edition of the Origin by pointing out other printings through the last century have had critical introductions. You can read his special Introduction to the Origin of Species on His ministry website, Living Waters, where there is additional information about the Origin into Schools Campaign. Other Christian ministries are participating.
Why not? Darwinolatry is so easy to knock over, anyone could do it with half a brain. How many degrees are required to point out that design demands a designer? How much math training is required to show that “nothing times nobody equals everything” is nonsense? A group of circus clowns could do it. How much more a couple of sharp, witty, courteous, bold, talented evangelists?
Unlike the Darwin Party hatemongers, Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron love people. They have a lot of experience talking with individuals about their beliefs. They understand how atheists think. They know the shallowness of atheist arguments. It’s not hard to quote Richard Dawkins, the atheist champion, and ask them to evaluate his statement, “The fact that life evolved out of nearly nothing, some 10 billion years after the universe evolved literally out of nothing, is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice” (The Ancestor’s Tale, 2004). He’s right. Trying to do justice to that kind of folly would be mad. Look at the fodder in our 09/24/2009 entry alone, to say nothing of nine years of reporting here about Darwinist mythmaking, magic wands, Tinker Bell, Yoda and Popeye stories. All one has to do is quote a few Darwinists to common people and the lights come on. A small printed collection of Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week awards would not even require any debating skills. Someone may wish to take that on as a project.
Some Darwin-critic scientists are frankly too stuffy and shy about going on the offensive. They are worried that unless we argue with scholarly rhetoric and finesse they might disturb the totalitarian dictators of science. They think this debate needs more nuance. After all, we wouldn’t want to provoke PZ Myers to spout more toilet talk on his blistering blog or anything. They wouldn’t want to interrupt the magic act of the Blunderful Wizard of Flaws. Enough appeasement! Storm the castle!
It’s refreshing to see some boldness and brashness for a change. Here are two nice guys willing to go into the Darwin Party strongholds with a smile and the confidence of their convictions. They’re willing to take the mudslinging that is to be expected from the other side. They’re only doing what Darwin told them to do anyway. “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question,” Charlie said in his own introduction 150 years ago. Ray and Kirk see one-sided indoctrination and brainwashing going on. They want to give students a rational alternative. For crying out loud, they’re giving students an entire free copy of Darwin’s book – Darwin gets 300 pages, and Ray Comfort gets 50. Fair enough? What’s the problem?
There’s no reason to be shy when the truth is on your side. Remember the unlearned fishermen who changed the world? Unlike Darwin, they were not spreading cleverly devised fables. They were eyewitnesses. They knew what they were talking about. They were excited about the good news they had to share. Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron are showing us that it’s time to be bold to get the living waters to the masses. More power to them.