Robert Knight

Scientific facts such as gravity can be measured. But when it comes to evolution and global warming, the confidence of conviction comes with a nagging bag of unanswered questions that need to be shut away, along with those asking the questions. For an example of the latter, see the e-mails from the University of East Anglia that call for blackballing global warming dissidents.

On the bright side, science is not monolithic, which is why imaginative scientists break new ground. Imagine, for example, if Sir William Harvey had gone along with the idea that blood was localized in the body and did not discover the circulatory system, a quantum leap in medical science.

Or imagine that all scientists were cowed by Al Gore and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and stayed silent about glitches in global warming theory such as the medieval warming period and the fudging of temperature data.

The reason I’m bringing all this up is because we’ll be hearing more in coming days about Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s remarks on why Texas schools teach creationism alongside evolution. Atheist Richard Dawkins, who was exposed in Ben Stein’s “Expelled” documentary as, well, arrogant, wrote in the Washington Post about his faith in evolution while excoriating Perry. He wrote:

“Q. Texas governor and GOP candidate Rick Perry, at a campaign event this week, told a boy that evolution is ”just a theory” with “gaps” and that in Texas they teach “both creationism and evolution.” Perry later added “God is how we got here.” According to a 2009 Gallup study, only 38 percent of Americans say they believe in evolution. If a majority of Americans are skeptical or unsure about evolution, should schools teach it as a mere “theory”? Why is evolution so threatening to religion?

A. There is nothing unusual about Governor Rick Perry. Uneducated fools can be found in every country and every period of history….”

Dawkins goes on to chalk up as random occurrences the mind-bending complexity of a mere cell or a bird’s exquisite physiology. Anything can happen in billions of years, right? We can even evolve Lady Gaga.

He reveals the intensity of his own faith when he claims that evolution explains “everything about life including our own existence.”

Really? Can it explain why we exist at all, where we’re going and what purpose we should have? I think the God part of Perry’s statement is what really got Dawkins’ dander up. Perry says he believes God created heaven and earth, and there’s no way Dawkins can prove him wrong.

The most prominent atheist apologist of all, philosopher Antony Flew, defended evolution for years until 2004, when he announced that inconsistencies in Darwinism along with DNA research revealing “almost unbelievable complexity” convinced him that “intelligence must have been involved.” There is no way of knowing whether Dr. Flew, who died in April, 2010, ever bent his knee before his newly discovered Ultimate Cause, which many of us call God. But he did blow a hole through atheistic smugness.

Nearly 2,000 years ago, the apostle Paul provided a warning that could apply to today’s blind faith in Man and Science. In Romans 1: 20-22 he wrote:

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.”

The Gallup Poll reports that “just 8 percent of Republicans who were polled said they believed in evolution without any other intervention.”

The more Democrats and the press attack Perry for his faith, the more they are going to turn off the majority of Americans who agree with him.

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.