In a recent on-line debate, a Darwinian stated that man emerged by accident and is nothing more than a product of earth. "Therefore," concluded the Darwinist, "whatever he does to affect the earth is completely natural. If earth don't like it, it shouldn't have invented us." Paul tells us there are only two originating foundations for all of the religions in the world. He describes them like this: Man will either worship and serve creation or he will worship and serve the living Creator of creation. The former is paganism, or pantheist monism and its variations while the latter is orthodox Judaism and Christianity. In this light, the citation above is not the product of an 'enlightened,' 'progressive,' and certainly not scientifically informed mind. By the true meaning of the word, science is defined as a search for truth and reality. The Darwinist's assertion is not a reflection of truth and reality but of pagan superstition.
The Birth of Paganism
Shortly after the curtain rose on history in the post-flood world, a man identified as Nimrod marched on stage and not only declared himself 'god' but set up twelve wooden idols for the people to worship. The historian Josephus relates that Nimrod resorted to force and terror in order to make the people worship both him and the idols. This was the historic beginning of nature worship. From that time forward the Western world wandered in the truthless darkness of pantheism, myth, and superstition.
The Greeks were the first to organize philosophy. Yet because they believed that they were 'one with nature' (monism) and by consequence, nothing more than very small parts of a massive living organism, they were stymied in their efforts to make sense of how they "knew what they knew." For after all, how can the hairs on a dog know anything other than what a dog knows? More importantly, how is it possible for hairs to know anything at all???
Because the philosophical problems inherent in monism are unresolvable, they lead always to superstitions such as augery, black magic, alchemy, divination, channeling, and so forth. These rituals are pagan man's way of trying to interact with the forces of nature in order to gain personal knowledge and power.
Into this darkness came absolute Truth and Light. Christianity teaches the absolute existence of two co-existing realms, the natural and supernatural. This teaching is called dualism. The unresolvable conundrum was finally resolved. Man can 'know' because although his body and brain are of the natural realm, his mind and will are of the supernatural realm. The mind and will, in other words, transcend the natural world. Spiritually, man stands outside creation just as our Creator does. The Bible calls this teaching 'dominion." Our Creator gave mankind dominion over the earth. In short, the living Creator liberated His children from the spiritual shackles placed on their minds and wills by nature worship doctrine; no longer would they live in submission to the dictates of nature's stone gods and goddesses and of nature's deterministic laws, known to the ancients as the Fates, Nemesis, Furies, Doom, and in the Orient as Karma.
It is on this radical dualistic view of man and mind 'freed from nature' that the Western civilized world and later on America was founded. For individual liberty cannot exist where pantheist monism teaches that man, being 'one with' nature, is nothing but a small, inconsequential, meaningless part of nature. The freest, most enlightened nation in the world is America. Her founding documents and the Declaration and Constitution in particular, are great spiritual documents firmly based on the teaching that man's mind and will transcend or are 'free of' the natural realm.
Christian teaching led also to the dedivinization of nature which allowed for the development of true science.
Beginning around the time of the Renaissance, pride of mind and of flesh led Western man to begin loosening the ties binding him to Christian teaching. Eventually a yearning to be 'liberated' from God, moral absolutes, sin, and conscience manifest itself in a 'return to nature' movement out of which eventually emerged the modern 'isms' that unleashed 20th century's totalitarian irreligions. Progressivism, Positivism, Darwinism, Secular Humanism, Fabianism, Communism, Fascism----all of these 'isms' arose out of the yearning by man to return to nature; to liberate himself from God and find sinless 'freedom' once again in being 'one with' nature and nature's gods.
Pride goes before a Fall however, and the proud Progressive 'liberation movement' came with a high price tag. For in rejecting the obvious---the living God and the dualistic view of man and mind---Progressive man had rejected the source of his humanity, mind, and will. Though he had not meant it to happen, he had perforce reduced himself to a mindless trousered ape. By denying the obvious, proud man had become a stupid, depraved beastman, a trousered monkey enslaved by nature's deterministic laws.