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-D.C. Salmon

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Evolutionary Hymn (Lewis) & Analysis

Lead us, Evolution,lead us
Up the future's endless stair;
Chop us, change us, prod us, weed us.
For stagnation is despair:
Groping, guessing, yet progressing,
Lead us nobody knows where.

Wrong or justice, joy or sorrow,
In the present what are they
while there's always jam-tomorrow,
While we tread the onward way?
Never knowing where we're going,
We can never go astray.

To whatever variation
Our posterity may turn
Hairy, squashy, or crustacean,
Bulbous-eyed or square of stern,
Tusked or toothless, mild or ruthless,
Towards that unknown god we yearn.

Ask not if it's god or devil,
Brethren, lest your words imply
Static norms of good and evil
(As in Plato) throned on high;
Such scholastic, inelastic,
Abstract yardsticks we deny.

Far too long have sages vainly
Glossed great Nature's simple text;
He who runs can read it plainly,
'Goodness = what comes next.'
By evolving, Life is solving
All the questions we perplexed.

On then! Value means survival-
Value. If our progeny
Spreads and spawns and licks each rival,
That will prove its deity
(Far from pleasant, by our present,
Standards, though it may well be)

I love this poem because it makes fun of the blind "patriotism" that evolutionists sometimes give to the random changes of evolution. Also it shows how the evolutionary view doesn't have anywhere for morality. If you think about it, according to evolution: survival is the only thing that matters. Obviously. It says,"We're all just animals fighting tooth and claw to survive."  In the evolutionary world-veiw there is no room for morality-There's no place for it to come from. If we're all just animals nobody can come and impose a law of morality on anybody else because we're all on the same level. 

And that's why we get our standards of morality from a higher source: God. He clearly sets out standards for us in The Bible. Unfortunately, because we're fallen we don't have the ability to follow those standards anymore. And that's why we need Jesus Christ to restore our shattered relationship with God.

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