Why?

‘It is absurd to complain that it is unthinkable for an admittedly unthinkable God to make everything out of nothing, and then pretend that it is more thinkable that nothing should turn itself into everything’ G. K. Chesterton.

Among the first things one notices when he studies earnestly and extensively in a given field is that the experts in that field frequently contradict one another. I refer here not merely to a complementary diversity of approach and conclusion (this diversity is also present) but to logical contradictions. That is, what one scholar affirms another denies in the same sense and meaning.

Astronomers disagree among themselves as to the age of the universe, and the disagreement is not slight. The usual estimate lies somewhere between fifteen and eighteen billion years, but recent astronomers consider this estimate a mistake. They place the age at about nine billion years.  If this latter opinion is correct, it will upset many other theories about the age of the stars and the development of visible creation. Many astrophysicists, perhaps the large majority of them, hold that there are such things in space as black holes, and that the existence of intelligent life elsewhere in our galaxy is a real possibility. Now comes along a group of American scientists, Frank Tipler et al., who say that the way atomic particles behave predicts either that black holes will never be formed, or if they do form they will explode immediately and catastrophically. Tipler et al. likewise deny the possibility that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the galaxy.  A scientific periodical tells us that ‘in the past decade virtually everything that was supposedly known about the sun has been cast in doubt – from the fires that warm its heart to the explosions that rack its outer layers’ (Discover magazine ‘The Sun turns savage’ by D. Overbye). There are many more examples and my purpose is not to decide who is right and who is wrong in all these matters but simply to show that disagreements among experts is common indeed.

For years and years scientists have proclaimed the Darwinian explanation of evolution as being undoubtedly true, and they dismissed as benighted anyone who suggested otherwise. Now we find among the most prominent in the field many who are sure that Darwin’s explanation just does not fit the evidence of the paleontological record and have proved it.  Today, a large number of proponents of evolution (not only the sizeable group of scientists who reject it) hold that the paleontological strata by no means support the idea of gradual change. These researchers now can openly prove that what the strata do show is the sudden appearance of new forms complete according to their kind, some slight changes among some species with no intermediate forms and the unchanged perdurance of many species over millions of years, even to thirty and seventy million years.

All this is of course totally incompatible with Darwin’s explanation, then why hasn’t this fact yet filtered down into the popular literature and ordinary school textbooks?

7 Responses to “Why?”


  1. 1 Victor S E MOUBARAK April 22, 2010 at 02:24

    “There are many more examples and my purpose is not to decide who is right and who is wrong in all these matters but simply to show that disagreements among experts is common indeed.”

    Ah … experts!!! They’ll be telling us that the earth is round next.

  2. 2 Ruben Vidal April 22, 2010 at 11:16

    LOL Victor!

    And how right you are Gabriella.
    I left school only recently and I was taught that evolution is a fact and not only just the theory of one researcher..

    Hasta la vista!

  3. 3 Antonella April 22, 2010 at 11:53

    The usual denial of God’s creation and His existance by the so called “experts” who know it all !!!!!!!!

    Faith ?

  4. 4 Llewellyn April 22, 2010 at 14:11

    Three monkeys sat on a coconut tree,
    Discussing things as they’re said to be.
    Said one to the other,
    “Now listen you two,
    There’s a certain rumor
    That can’t be true …
    That man descended from our noble race.
    The very idea is sure to disgrace.”
    “No monkey ever deserted his wife,
    Starved her babies and ruined her life.
    And you’ve never known another monk,
    To leave her babies with others to bunk,
    Or pass them on from one to another.”
    “And another thing you will never see …
    Is a monk build a fence around a coconut tree;
    And let the coconuts go to waste,
    Forbidding all the other monks to taste.”
    “Why, if I put a fence around this tree,
    Starvation would force you to steal from me.”
    “And here’s something else a monk won’t do …
    Go out at night and get on a stew;
    Or use a gun or club or knife,
    To take some other monkey’s life.”
    “Yes, man descended … ornery cuss,
    But, brother, … he didn’t descend from us!

  5. 5 Cinzia April 23, 2010 at 06:33

    Great poem Llewellyn! Loved it.

    I have often wondered why there are still several species of monkeys in the world today …. how come they didn’t “evolve” like the rest of the monkeys who eventually turned into homo-sapiens.

    Maybe some need more millennia than others?

    Any expert out there who can answer my question? 🙂

    On another note, today’s reading at Mass was about the conversion of Saul of Tarsus. The story we all know so well. About this great man who started life in the wrong way and then went on to become one of the world’s greatest saints. What a story! I was thinking during the reading how I would love the opportunity of meeting him one day .. seeing how he really was/is. Him, St Peter, the apostles and all the disciples of the early Church. What a blessing that would be!

    I have decided to pray today particularly for all those who do not believe and who refuse God in their lives. I pray that they too will meet an Ananias who will do his bit to assist our Lord in getting the scales to fall off their eyes so that they can finally see clearly, just like Saul.

    “Saul Saul why are you persecuting me?” We should stop a moment to ponder on these words which ring out in today’s world with more relevance than ever.

    St Paul, I am one of your greatest admirers. Pray for me.

  6. 6 Mary Nicewarner April 23, 2010 at 23:53

    I think that many scientists are beginning to change their thinking. My husband showed me a beautiful article the other week about how scientists cannot explain the harmonious nature and order of the universe. The more they learn, the more they realize that there is a Divine Hand behind it all :)I know this is not true of all scientists but there are many that believe this. God bless you, Gabriella🙂


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