“Pilate saith unto him, What is truth?”
How do you know that what you think you know is really true? Charles Darwin wondered just that, and the answer to his question sheds a lot of light on the origins debate today.
Since Darwin had no formal training in science, he made his case for evolution from philosophy, not from science. Philosophy and theology, after all, was the area in which he was trained. This background led him to ask a very important question. In Darwin’s own words, “…the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man’s mind, which was developed from the mind of lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy. Would anyone trust in the convictions of a monkey’s mind, if there were any convictions in such a mind?”
In other words, what Darwin was saying was that if his theory was true, it was the product of a mind not much greater than a monkey’s. And who, including Darwin himself, could trust such a mind? The only way in which human thoughts might be separated far above the animals is if creation is true. Either way, the logical conclusion of Darwin’s puzzle is that creation is true and evolution is untrustworthy!
It is no accident that as the teaching that man came from lower animals has grown, the number of people who act like animals has also grown. Darwin’s own statement seems to show the twisted logic that results from evolution.
Photo: Limestone block discovered in 1961 with Pilate's tribute in Latin to Tiberius. Courtesy of Marion Doss. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.
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