Man, the origins issue sure is heating up in the public square — as if it weren’t red-hot already. On the one hand, you have the God-defying materialist crowd whose de facto leader is most certainly Richard Dawkins (though of course he has many allies). On the other hand, you have the anti-materialist, Intelligent Design crowd which seems centered around the Discovery Institute along with a few notables such as William Dembski and Michael Behe. Unfortunately for the ID crowd, Dawkins’ loyal followers have done a very good job of infiltrating popular Web 2.0 hangouts like YouTube and Digg. When’s the last time you saw a high-quality, pro-ID article prominently displayed on the Digg home page? Yeah, me neither.
The amusing thing about all this is that Dawkins is fighting a loosing battle. Not only does he have to convince a vast majority of the planet that the supernatural is something people invented out of ignorance, lust for power, or both, but he has to convince many of his fellow atheists that choosing not to attack supernatural beliefs is in itself morally weak and harmful to society.
The real concern I have isn’t what materialists are up to, but rather what Christians are up to. We have a real problem with materialism here in our own midst. When the parents are shopping for the latest designer outfits at Nordstrom and the kids are buying the latest XBOX game, one wonders if the question of goo-to-you evolution vs. God-to-you creation even matters.
It certainly does to me.