ELCA Appreciation of Darwin
The ELCA Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod held “Celebrate Earth Day at Bear Creek,” May 1, 2011. During the six hour celebration, the Synod offered an event called “Of Faith and Finches: A Lutheran Appreciation of Charles Darwin.” (see here)
We should ask ourselves, is Charles Darwin a man that our denomination should be elevating? One of the more troubling things about Darwin is that his ideas are based on racism. “The evolutionary ideas of Charles Darwin (1809–1882) destructively influenced many of the Western world’s leaders in the early 20th century. In particular, intellectuals in Germany were among the earliest to embrace Darwinism enthusiastically, and to apply its concept of the survival of the fittest to human society. That is, they applied the subtitle of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (1859). The most infamous result of this was the Holocaust . . .” (read here)
Why is it that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America appreciates Charles Darwin?
5/3/2011 11:44:06 pm
Does appreciation come with critical skills engaged? Did this exercise include recognition of Darwin's massive errors, such as the false example of interspecies evolution in the Gallapagos birds? Instead of a concise example of evolution, Darwin's example has been proven wildly false. Did this day of fawning also examine Darwin's "nightmare" about peacocks? Darwin said he had nightmares about peacocks because their magnificent, ostentatious coloring could not be explained by brutish natural selection and instead may point to a Creator with an eye to beauty. And that meant he was full of baloney. I have the feeling this ELCA appreciation day was more along the lines of ignorant adulation.
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