By Chuck Missler Nietzsche's madman declared in 1882 that God was dead:
"God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us?" Nietzsche has been known ever after for declaring the doom of God. Yet, the madman mourned too soon. Faith continues to persist, despite the greatest efforts of Western civilization to demolish it. The problem is not really a lack of faith (humans are inherently spiritual beings) but the sorts of beliefs that fill the void when the Holy Spirit is absent.
A Gallup poll for the anniversary of Charles Darwin's 200th birthday showed that only 39 percent of Americans "believe in evolution" nearly 150 years after Darwin published On The Origin Of Species. Coincidentally, most Americans - even those who do "believe in evolution" - also believe in some sort of deity.
To be square, "Do you believe in evolution?" is not a very good question to ask, because people can define "evolution" in a number of ways. For instance, natural selection and survival of the fittest are perfectly excellent ideas for explaining why the finches on one island have bigger beaks than the finches on another island. Some people would call the ability to finches to adapt to their environments "evolution." Other persons would define "evolution" as the process by which dinosaurs turned into birds or apes turned into humans. How people answer that question depends on their internalized definition of "evolution." (Perhaps this accounts for the large number of people (36 percent) who responded that they had no opinion one way or the other.)
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