Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Hard Working Traditional Values With A Dash of Fun

Monday, June 23, 2014

Where Creationists are Right: An Evolutionist Concedes


The debate between creationism and evolution has been going on since at least 1859 when Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species. It gained 'trial of the century' attention during the Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925. Now in the 21st century the culture in general, especially the schools, promote Darwinian evolution exclusively. Anyone that promotes young earth creationism is labeled an idiot, ignoramus, or as delusional. The pro-evolution crowd snickers at the creationist's beliefs and often resorts to name calling and even disparaging the Bible as the equivalent of toilet paper.

As a non-Darwinian evolutionist, I think the young earth creationists with their views of ancient man co-existing with dinosaurs a mere 6,000 years ago are wrong. However, I have to admit that the kind of people that are creationists get a lot of things right.

For example:

1. A Creationist is likely to be pro-life. As a result, if you are an unborn baby, you have a better chance of survival with a creationist.

2. A Creationist is likely to believe that a child would do best being raised by a married father and mother. Children raised by married parents have much more success in school, careers, and health than children raised in other households. If the goal is to survive and thrive, the Creationists have something going for them here.

3. A Creationist is likely to 'multiply and replenish' the earth. The negative population growth in many developed countries will create unmanageable economic problems in the future. Programs such as social security cannot be maintained without a growing population. Creationists help support the economy and retirement income of non-believers with fewer children. The evolutionary decision not to have children is the end of evolution for that person.

4. A Creationist is likely to give to charity. While self-centered survival of the fittest is supposedly the key to success, societies function much better when there is a high degree of personal charity. Many churches have programs to reach out to prisons to help the incarcerated to make better choices. Religious people even donate blood at higher rates than non-believers.

5. A Creationist is likely to be healthier and live longer. Numerous studies have noticed that religious people as a group have fewer diseases and live up to seven years or more longer than non-religious people. They are less likely to commit suicide. If someone believes that this life is all there is, it would make sense to embrace a creationist lifestyle that keeps you the healthiest for the longest time.

6. A Creationist is less likely to drop out of school and therefore get better jobs. Religious people finish school at higher rates, so they are less likely to need unemployment or welfare support.

7. A Creationist is likely to embrace strong family values with less divorce, less violence, more satisfying love live, and superior mental health.

8. A Creationist is likely to make a great neighbor, one you would like living next to you.

As I see it, the pluses of being a Creationist far outweigh the minuses. If this means they also have a literal interpretation of the Bible and believe that the world was created a few thousands years ago, that is small price to pay to enjoy inclusion of this valuable segment of society.

For those unfamiliar with these attributes, I recommend you read America's Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists by Rodney Stark and Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatives by Arthur C. Brooks

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During June 2014, enter to win a free copy of Inherit the Wind Overturned by Design. This is an update of the Scopes Monkey Trial for the 21st century. This time, instead of basing the over-the-hill politician turned prosecutor on William Jennings Bryant, he looks a lot like Al Gore.  Instead of Clarence Darrow, the feisty defense attorney is based on Ann Coulter.  It's conservatives debating liberals, intelligent design vs evolution. It shares the message that intelligent design should be taken seriously, and not dismissed without any debate.

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  1. i like how all of this is your own assumptions with no research to back it up.

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  3. Ah, the "pro-life" card. My personal favorite. Let's force women to be slaves to men. "You were raped? Too bad, it's for the good of the baby". "The pregnancy will probably kill you? Too bad, it's for the good of the baby". "The pregnancy will definitely kill you and the baby has almost no chance of survival? Too bad, it's for the good of the baby". "You were using birth control, but it didn't work and you can't afford a baby? Too bad, put it up for adoption, lose your minimum wage job because it doesn't grant maternity leave, spend the little bit you had saved to try and improve your life to have a baby that will never be adopted, and resign yourself to a life of poverty, surviving only through public assistance, because it's for the good of the baby".

    If this is an example of how wonderful creationism is, I will have to pass. I can't accept anything that is based on hatred.

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    1. Most abortions are not to take care of a rape or the live of a mother. Most abortions are because the baby would be an inconvenience. As the parent of an adopted son, adoption is a great solution for both the child and the mother. There is a high degree of regret among women who have had abortions.

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  4. This is pretty short-sighted speculation.

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    1. People should read Stark and Brooks and decide from the evidence.

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