Does Evolution = Atheism, What do the Experts Say?

Don’t take my word for it, read what these famous experts have to say about the fact that EVOLUTION = ATHEISM.

STEPHEN HAWKING

“So long as the universe had a beginning, we could suppose it had a creator. But if the universe is really completely self-contained, having no boundary or edge, it would have neither beginning nor end: it would simply be.” – A Brief History of Time [1988]


THE TIMES

“Just as Darwinism removed the need for a creator in the sphere of biology, Britain’s most eminent scientist argues that a new series of theories have rendered redundant the role of a creator for the Universe.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hawking-god-did-not-create-universe-mrbvqgs50xl


CHARLES DARWIN

“It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent on each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us.”

http://darwin-online.org.uk/content/frameset?pageseq=507&itemID=F373&viewtype=side


THEODOSIUS DOBZHANSKY

Evolutionary biologists and geneticists awarded the National Medal of Science.

“There is, of course, nothing conscious or intentional in the action of natural selection.”

http://biologie-lernprogramme.de/daten/programme/js/homologer/daten/lit/Dobzhansky.pdf


EDWARD O. WILSON

Award two Pulitzer Prizes and the National Medal of Science

Harvard professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

“Evolution in a pure Darwinian world has no goal or purpose: the exclusive driving force is random mutations sorted out by natural selection from one generation to the next.” – From So Simple a Beginning https://www.amazon.com/So-Simple-Beginning-Expression-Emotions/dp/0393061345


FRANCISCO J. AYALA

Professor and evolutionary biologist at the University of California, Irvine

“It was Darwin’s greatest accomplishment to show that the complex organization and functionality of living beings can be explained as the result of a natural process–natural selection–without any need to resort to a Creator or other external agent.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1876431


RICHARD DAWKINS

University of Oxford Professor for Public Understanding of Science

“Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.” Chapter 1 – Explaining the Very Improbable (p. 6)

“Sophisticated theologians are quite happy to live with evolution, I think they’re deluded.  The evangelicals have got it right in that there really is a deep incompatibility between evolution and Christianity.”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=27&v=BAbpfn9QgGA

“What finally made me into an atheist was the realization that there was no scientific reason to believe in any sort of supernatural creator. And that came with the understanding of Darwinian evolution.” – RICHARD DAWKINS

http://bigthink.com/videos/big-think-interview-with-richard-dawkins

 

“I believe a true understanding of Darwinism is deeply corrosive to religious faith.  If I was a person who were interested in preserving religious faith, I would be very afraid of the positive power of evolutionary science, and indeed science generally, but evolution in particular, to inspire and enthrall, precisely because it is atheistic.”

https://www.ted.com/talks/richard_dawkins_on_militant_atheism/transcript


JERRY A. COYNE

Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago

“If you accept even a little bit of divine tinkering in the evolutionary process, you’re not standing on some inclusive middle ground—you are, as P.Z. Myers said, halfway to crazy town.  There can be no compromise with superstition, for superstition is the camel’s nose in the tent of science.”

https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/does-theistic-evolution-differ-from-intelligent-design-2

56:02 – “Learning about evolution turns you into an atheist, and certainly for some people that’s true.  I think that happened to Darwin for example. And certainly people who go into evolution, eventually a lot of them, their religious belief tends to be retired.

57:07 – “Acceptance of religion is a palpable and important force in blocking acceptance of evolution.”

58:30 – “If you want people to accept the fact [of evolution], the conclusion you would draw is, you’d have to get them to reject their faith.  In other words, Get rid of religion.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW9G2YVtBYc


AUSTIN CLINE

Regional Director for the Council for Secular Humanism

“Thus while accepting evolution may not cause atheism or even necessarily make atheism more likely, there is a good chance that it will at least force a revision of what one thinks about their theism. Anyone who consciously considers and accepts evolution should think about it long and hard enough to cause them to seriously question some of their traditional religious and theistic beliefs. Such beliefs may not be abandoned, but they may not continue untouched.”

https://www.thoughtco.com/does-evolution-require-atheism-249913


THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES DARWIN
October 1836 – January 1839: [page] 86

http://darwin-online.org.uk/content/frameset?pageseq=87&itemID=F1497&viewtype=side

 

During these two years I was led to think much about religion. Whilst on board the Beagle I was quite orthodox, and I remember being heartily laughed at by several of the officers (though themselves orthodox) for quoting the Bible as an unanswerable authority on some point of morality. I suppose it was the novelty of the argument that amused them. But I had gradually come, by this time, to see that the Old Testament from its manifestly false history of the world, with the Tower of Babel, the rainbow as a sign, etc., etc., and from its attributing to God the feelings of a revengeful tyrant, was no more to be trusted than the sacred books of the Hindoos, or the beliefs of any barbarian. The question then continually rose before my mind and would not be banished,—is it credible that if God were now to make a revelation to the Hindoos, would he permit it to be connected with the belief in Vishnu, Siva, &c., as Christianity is connected with the Old Testament. This appeared to me utterly incredible.

By further reflecting that the clearest evidence would be requisite to make any sane man believe in the miracles by which Christianity is supported,—that the more we know of the fixed laws of nature the more incredible do miracles become,—that the men at that time were ignorant and credulous to a degree almost incomprehensible by us,—that the Gospels cannot be proved to have been written simultaneously with the events,—that they differ in many important details, far too important as it seemed to me to be admitted as the usual inaccuracies of eye-witnesses;—by such reflections as these, which I give not as having the least novelty or value, but as they influenced me, I gradually came to disbelieve in Christianity as a divine revelation. The fact that many false religions have spread over large portions of the earth like wild-fire had some weight with me. Beautiful as is the morality of the New Testament, it can hardly be denied that its perfection depends in part on the interpretation which we now put on metaphors and allegories.

But I was very unwilling to give up my belief;—I feel sure of this for I can well remember often and often inventing day-dreams of old letters between distinguished Romans and manuscripts being discovered at Pompeii or elsewhere which confirmed in the most striking manner all that was written in the Gospels. But I found it more and more difficult, with free scope given to my imagination, to invent evidence which would suffice to convince me. Thus disbelief crept over me at a very slow rate, but was at last complete. The rate was so slow that I felt no distress, and have never since doubted even for a single second that my conclusion was correct. I can indeed hardly see how anyone ought to wish Christianity to be true; for if so the plain language of the text seems to show that the men who do not believe, and this would include my Father, Brother and almost all my best friends, will be everlastingly punished.

And this is a damnable doctrine.

Although I did not think much about the existence of a personal God until a considerably later period of my life, I will here give the vague conclusions to which I have been driven. The old argument of design in nature, as given by Paley, which formerly seemed to me so conclusive, fails, now that the law of natural selection has been discovered. We can no longer argue that, for instance, the beautiful hinge of a bivalve shell must have been made by an intelligent being, like the hinge of a door by man. There seems to be no more design in the variability of organic beings and in the action of natural selection, than in the course which the wind blows. Everything in nature is the result of fixed laws.

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