Why Does the Debate about Evolution Matter?

Ideas have consequences. And there are real consequences to the idea of evolution.

Infamous evolutionist Richard Dawkins has said, “Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist." Darwin’s theory is a friend to atheism. Instead of a purposeful Creator as the explanation of life on earth, atheists argue we are the product of blind, physical, evolutionary processes. There are two choices. We are here on purpose or on accident. But isn’t one of these beliefs going to lead to entirely different actions than the other? Absolutely. Make no mistake, ideas have consequences.

Have you heard of Jeffrey Dahmer? He was a brutal serial killer who murdered 17 men and boys from 1978 to 1991, sometimes cannibalizing his victims. In a prison interview with Stone Phillips of Dateline NBC, Dahmer was asked why he did what he did:

If a person doesn’t think there is a God to be accountable to, then—then what’s the point of trying to modify your behavior to keep it within acceptable ranges? That’s how I thought anyway. I always believed the theory of evolution as truth, that we all just came from the slime. When we, when we died, you know, that was it, there is nothing…

After hearing Dahmer’s words, no one can claim evolution doesn’t matter.

Does this mean if you believe in evolution you’re going to become a serial killer too? Of course not. But it shows the logical consequences of an evolutionary view. Dahmer’s words show how evolution ultimately destroys morality. Instead of caring for one another it’s survival of the fittest. Evolution robs humanity of his special dignity. We’re no longer made in the image of God but in the image of a common ancestor.

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Brett Kunkle