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THE rise in violent crime in Britain has been much in the news. In 2017 knife crime was up by 22%. At the time of writing there have been over 60 murders in our capital alone in 2018 — more than in New York. Most of the deaths were due to stabbing, and most of the victims and perpetrators were young people. This tragic loss of young lives is causing widespread concern, and much hand-wringing.
NO SINGLE FACTOR
There may be a number of reasons for what is happening, the breakdown of family life being one of them. Young people who lack the security of a traditional family may feel drawn to the companionship of a gang. The lack of moral teaching in our schools must also be a factor. It would be too simplistic to cite any single factor as the cause of these troubling levels of youth crime, and it’s important to remember that most young people don’t commit violent crime.
However, in most of our schools evolution is taught as fact, alternative views are rarely tolerated, and young people’s minds are being poisoned by an agenda promoted by secularists. Surely this must mould their worldview, and many will sense the implications and grow up believing they are just evolved animals. Those who dispute this are really in denial.
“SLIME ON A ROCK”
This is how well-known evolutionist P. Z. Myres described human beings: “We are apes and the descendants of apes. We’re the descendents of rat-like primates, who were the children of reptiles, who were the spawn of amphibians, who were the terrestrial progeny of fish, who came from worms, who were assembled from single-cell microorganisms, who were the products of chemistry. Your daddy was a film of chemical slime on a Hadean rock and he didn’t care about you—he was only obeying the laws of thermodynamics. You aren’t here because of grand design, but because of chance, contingency and selection.” Did you get that? “Your Daddy was a film of slime”!1 A children’s book published in 2006 had the title “We came from slime.” Our supposed “ape-man” ancestors are often depicted as aggressive creatures, suggesting that animal-like behaviour is part of our genetic make-up.
Evolutionist Professor Will Durrant wrote: “By offering evolution in place of God as a cause of history, Darwin removed the theological basis for the moral code of Christendom.”2 So, is it really surprising that most young people have abandoned belief in any religion? The Guardian3 reported a survey of 16-29 year-olds in 10 European nations, which showed that Europe is on the “march towards a post-Christian society.” Britain came fifth highest in the list of those with no religion, while the country with the most believers was Poland.
PHILOSOPHY OF DESPAIR
Professor Richard Dawkins wrote, “The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.”4 (emphasis added). What a philosophy of despair! No wonder so many young people suffer from low self-esteem.
In 2011 the BBC reported a campaign by a group of secularists, including David Attenborough and Richard Dawkins, to prevent creationism being taught in schools. “Those behind the call for ‘evolution not creationism’ say teaching that God created the world is dangerous and must be prevented by law.”5 How perverse! They actually believe it is harmful to tell children that they were created by God! The Bible says, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” (Isaiah 5: 40).
There is very strong evidence that teaching evolution does cause young people to abandon their faith.6 The secularists know this full well, so why are the churches, Christian educators and parents, so blind, while at the same time wondering why most young people reject the Christian faith, and many get involved in crime and violence?
There is an antidote to the poison of evolution: teaching the scientific evidence for creation as well as evolution, and allowing young people to think for themselves. Surely that is what real education demands? And Christian parents and educators must play their part in preventing young people from being led into a worldview which excludes God.
1. The Happy Atheist, Random House, 2013.
2. Chigago Tribune, April 1980.
3. The Guardian, 21st March 2018.
4. River out of Eden, 1995. p.133.
5. BBC Online, 19th September 2011.
6. Recommended books: Already Gone and Ready to Return. Available from CRT.