There’s a Monk in the CourtroomCHARLES COLSON
Tenzin Gyatso would probably be surprised to learn that he’s promoting “Christian creationism.”
Tenzin Gyatso would probably be surprised to learn that he’s
promoting “Christian creationism.” It’s true that his new book
criticizes what he calls “radical scientific materialism.” And, like
Phillip Johnson, the
Still, it’s absurd to label Gyatso’s work a stalking horse for “Christian creationism.” After all, if you call him by his proper title, he is the 14th Dalai Lama.
In his new book, The Universe in a Single Atom, the Dalai Lama warns readers about the consequences of seeing people as “the products of pure chance in the random combination of genes.” This materialistic account is “an invitation to nihilism and spiritual poverty.” Correct.
He writes that “the view that all aspects of reality can be reduced to matter and its various particles is . . . as much a metaphysical position as the view that an organizing intelligence created and controls reality.” What’s more, he insists that both “are legitimate interpretations of science.”
Dalai Lama is not the only one whose writings make comparisons between the
The other misrepresentation that
can’t withstand scrutiny is the one that depicts advocates of intelligent
design as being opposed to scientific inquiry. In this version, what’s happening
Nothing could be further from the truth. We welcome scientific inquiry. We want our kids to learn more about evolution, not less. We want them to understand both its strengths and its weaknesses.
What we oppose is the idea that nothing can be taught that challenges the belief that materialism accounts for everything from the beginning to the end. It’s not a scientific claim; it’s a philosophical or metaphysical one. Like the Dalai Lama, we oppose metaphysics being taught under the guise of science.
It is the close-minded academics who are being dogmatic, foreclosing scientific inquiry. They call even the merest mention of scientific evidence suggesting that life couldn’t have arisen as a result of an unplanned, random process as “religion,” and they throw it out.
Now, this debate isn’t about science. It’s about
the philosophy of materialism, which insists that it alone answers all of life’s
questions. It will countenance no rivals. It will smear its dissenters—even,
now, the soft-spoken monk from
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the Anti-Evolutionists, Hope in High Places,” New York Times,
BreakPoint Commentary No. 050525, “What’s the Big Secret?: Intelligent Design in Pennsylvania.”
“Evolution and intelligent design: Life is a cup of tea,”
See BreakPoint’s research page on intelligent design and evolution.
Charles Colson. "There’s a Monk in the Courtroom." BreakPoint Commentary October 19, 2005.
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