I’m no monkey!

2013-08-25 14:00

Marc Ambler, Creation Ministries International

Gareth Cliff, if we have evolved from ape-like creatures by random processes over millions of years, which you assume (“We don’t give a monkey”, City Press, August 18 2013), how do we ­define compassion and where does it come from?

Evolution ­requires survival of the fittest. This ­inspired the likes of Hitler and Stalin, who believed it was “moral” and “compassionate” to eliminate “lower” races or classes and groups such as Jews, Gypsies, the disabled, homosexuals and, in Stalin’s case, peasants and the bourgeoisie.

Who is to say they were wrong if evolution is our creator? Apes rape, have incestual sex, eat their young and one another. If we are to say certain types of behaviour are wrong, what is our authority? You also mock our “stupid delusions of superiority”. If we are not superior, what on Earth are we doing trying to manage, conserve and humanely treat other species?

Let them do it for themselves! I put it to you that ideas such as Western compassion, conservation, intrinsic equality of all people and objective morality were established in a biblical-creation consensus culture. Just as an example, the RSPCA was founded by Bible-believing Christians. One of them was also the same man who was largely instrumental in eradicating slavery in the Western world.

You trade on this capital when you rightly denounce cruelty and advocate compassion. But in swallowing evolution, you cut off the very branch you are sitting on.

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