Evolution and Relative Truth: What's Being Taught in School and at Home?

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An essay I wrote for Comp refuting Evolution and Relativism.

Submitted: December 01, 2015

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“Be sure you choose what you believe and know why you believe it, because if you don't choose your beliefs, you may be certain that some belief, and probably not a very credible one, will choose you” (Davies, The Manticore).  There comes a time in every person’s life when we ask ourselves, how did we get here? Why are we here? What’s our purpose? Most people choose their own path of belief through deductive reasoning; they investigate every possible option and choose the most logical one.  Some people have belief thrust upon them from the moment they’re born. As a Christian myself, I believe in a one true God. Although this is my personal chosen belief, I also enjoy researching other beliefs as well, making it my mission to look into the pros and cons of many different theories concerning purpose and creation. This includes not just looking at the facts, but also looking at the after effects caused by the belief. On a day-to-day basis, I am confronted by my many peers concerning what I believe. Often times these debates begin well but will end in frustration for both me and my friends due to our opposing views. In most of these instances I was presented with two main theories, the theory of evolution and the theory of relative truth. When most people evaluate different theories and beliefs, they often begin by looking at the basis of the belief. When analyzing the theory of evolution and the theory of relative truth, the same approach applies. The theory of evolution is best defined by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; “organisms that possess heritable traits that enable them to better adapt to their environment compared with other members of their species will be more likely to survive, reproduce, and pass more of their genes on to the next generation” (Evolution Resources). The theory of relative truth says all that truth could be true, it just depends on what you believe. Whether or not the belief is true depends on perspective (Let us Reason Ministries). As two main theories that are frequently taught in schools and in homes, it is necessary to explore and analyze each one, looking at their contents, what they claim, and the effect they have on people’s thinking.

What is an agnostic? An agnostic is, “a person who does not believe or is unsure of something” (Merriam-Webster). Often times, people who believe in relative truth refer to themselves as agnostics. This is often times because agnostics and people who believe in relative truth are unsure of what is really true. The main underlying belief of those who believe in relative truth is that all truth is relative; it just depends on your perspective. Let’s look at the statement, all truth is relative. Through evaluating this statement through logic, could we not say that it is self-contradictory?  If we make the statement all truth is relative, then we are saying that this statement is absolutely true. If it is absolutely true, then the truth would no longer be relative and the statement all truth is relative would be false (Refuting Relativism, Slick). Another way we can refute relativism is by looking at separate beliefs. Relative truth says that what’s true for you it true for you, and what’s true for me is true for me. Unfortunately, this line of thinking has holes in it. What if what’s true for me, says your truth is a lie? Is it still true then? If the relativist says no, then it’s saying that what I believe is a lie, making relative truth false. If the relativist says yes, then relative truth is false (Refuting Relativism, Slick).

Billions and billions of years ago, there was a Big Bang that started the universe. This is often the typical answer you hear if you confront a science teacher or textbook and ask them where the world came from. Before we begin picking apart the theory of evolution, let me begin by specifying what type specifically we are talking about. Organic evolution is the evolution that talks about the Big Bang theory. Macro evolution, says that one species can evolve from another; that we all came from a common ancestor. For this portion, we will be picking apart organic evolution, and therefore also proving the falsehood of macro evolution. The Big Bang theory states, that in the beginning (the beginning of the universe), all matter was condensed into a dot smaller than a period. It also states that the little dot was spinning and it spun faster and faster until it exploded. This explosion, known as the Big Bang, sent all the matter flying, creating what is now our universe. The Big Bang theory does not however, specify where the dot of matter came from? Did it come from nothing? Well it couldn’t have come from nothing because the 1st law of Thermodynamics says that matter cannot be created or destroyed. This leaves a hole in the Big Bang Theory. The Law of Conservation of Angular Momentum states that, “the total angular momentum of a system has constant magnitude and direction if the system is subjected to no external force” (Dictionary.com). To make this simpler to understand, if an object is spinning at a rapid pace and smaller things break off of that object, the same speed and direction the object was going at the time will apply to the smaller object until it crashes into something else. How does this apply to the Big Bang Theory? Well, if the matter of the tiny dot was spinning one direction and the matter were to explode, according to the law of Conservation of Angular momentum, everything should continue going at the same speed the dot was when it broke off, spinning the same direction that the dot was. Well, all we have to do is look at our own solar system to see that this creates a huge flaw in the Big Bang Theory. The planets Venus, Uranus, and Pluto (not necessarily considered a planet anymore but used to be) rotate backwards from the other 6 planets. 8 of the 91 moons rotate backwards. These are the moons orbiting Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune. There are even whole galaxies that spin backwards. Also, if all the matter of the dot exploded at the same time, going at the same rate, with the same speed that the original dot was going, then matter should be evenly distributed across the universe. Instead there are spaces where there are clusters of stars and then giant voids. Another question that arises when talking about the Big Bang Theory is, how can something as complex as a human life form come from an explosion? The 2nd law of Thermodynamics says that everything tends toward disorder. Everything dies, decays, or falls away. Evolutionists assume that if you add energy in an open system, it will overcome the 2nd law of Thermodynamics, that something can be created instead. The problem with this is, the universe is a closed system and adding energy is destructive without a complex mechanism to harness it. Take the atomic bomb for example; a weapon of mass destruction adding energy and destroying entire cities. Another good example is the sun. The sun radiates energy every day and it destroys everything. If you stay out in the sun too long it burns your skin. If you leave your car out in the sun too long it ruins the paint. The only thing that can harness the sun’s energy is chlorophyll, an extremely complex molecule (Dr. Hovind, Creation Seminar). So as you can see, the Theory of Evolution, beginning with the Big Bang Theory has many holes in it. While it may make a catchy jingle for popular T.V. shows, it certainly should not be taught in schools.

After evaluating Evolution and Relativism, what is the common underlying theme? Both theories are completely inaccurate and have holes in them and both theories should not be taught in homes and schools. A theory is defined by Merriam-Webster as, “an idea that is suggested or presented as possibly true but that is not known or proven to be true.” A theory is not proven fact. It is a guess used to try to explain something, but is stronger than a hypothesis. This does not make it a law. We can however, use laws to disprove theories as we have done today. So now a single question remains. If Evolution and Relative truth have been proven to be wrong, then why are they still being taught to children? There is one simple answer to this; people do not want to accept the possibility of a God. The effect of teaching Evolution and Relative truth to kids is that you are leading them to live their life believing a lie. Evolution teaches that your life means nothing. There is no purpose for you on this earth other than to live life to the fullest. Ever since the 1960’s, when the teaching of evolution was enforced and God was taken out of schools, the suicide rates of teenagers have gone up wildly. There have been more teen pregnancies and abortions than ever before. People are taught they have no purpose in life and therefore no longer treat it as the fragile thing it is. The effect of teaching Evolution and Relativism to our kids is one that has changed our country and our world forever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Works Cited

Creation Seminar 1 - The Age of the Earth. Perf. Dr. Kent Hovind. N.d. Videocassette.

Davies, Robertson. The Manticore. New York: Viking, 1972. Print.

Dictionary.com. "Conservation of Angular Momentum." Def. 1. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Web.

Let Us Reason. "Absolutes vs. Relativism." Let Us Reason Ministries. N.p., 2013. Web. 15 Nov. 2015.

The National Acadamies of Science, Engineering, and Medince. "Definitions of Evolutionary Terms." Evolution Resources from The National Acadamies of Science, Engineering, and Medince. N.p., 2015. Web. 15 Nov. 2015.

 


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