Attending the University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR) (Now Missouri University of Science and Technology), I had some conversations with fellow students regarding Darwinian evolution and the Bible that I was totally unprepared for. But I never had to deal with Darwinism being taught in my classes or my professors espousing Darwinism.
An engineering curriculum includes classes like calculus, differential equations, statistics, engineering economics, physics, statics, dynamics, kinematics, thermodynamics, thermofluid mechanics, mechanics of materials, electrical circuits, operations research, dynamics of machinery, metallurgy, and chemistry. Darwinian evolution contributes nothing to technology. While Darwinists will claim it is necessary in medicine, this is an inconsistent worldview and “evolution has been a hindrance rather than a help in the practice of medicine.”1
But a recent article in Missouri S&T Magazine talks about the “Great Oxidation Event.”2 The article states:
They found that Earth’s mantle appears to have gradually become more oxidized between 3.5 billion and 2.7 billion years ago, Locmelis says. This oxidation, in turn, possibly triggered the Great Oxidation Event.
The research project, by Assistant Professor Marek Locmelis, isolated minerals to measure their oxygen levels. This is actually pretty good science.
But here is the problem. The title of the article is “The Beginning of Life As We Know It.” To someone who just sees the title or does a casual reading of the article, this is a confirmation of the old earth/Darwinian viewpoint.
While reading it with a little more scrutiny may reveal that the measuring of the oxygen
levels in the minerals to be very accurate, this does not give any information about the age of the rocks. Other rock dating methods were evidently used. And there is a wealth of information on problems with rock dating.3
So in reality this is just another research project that makes old earth, Darwinistic conclusions when it starts out with old earth, Darwinistic assumptions. The article has a picture of Locmelis working with two graduate students, teaching them this same way of looking at the world.
So one generation teaches the next.
And the Consequences…
The same issue of Missouri S&T also had an article promoting a book about the school’s first 150 years, Forged in Gold.4 The article states the challenges in making the campus more welcoming to “underrepresented groups“ including African Americans and woman. But of course with African Americans and woman, they also just had to include “the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning) community.”
I can tell you first hand that when I was applying for admission, there were not any questions regarding my sexuality. No one was excluded for their sexuality.
So this issue of Missouri S&T subtly included old earth, Darwinistic ideas, even though old earth, Darwinistic ideas contribute nothing at all to operational science and technology. And the issue included a gratuitis plug for the LGBTQ agenda—a byproduct of rejecting the Bible as truth.
This is another example of how pervasive this old earth, Darwinistic, post-modernistic, worldview is.
A pastor told me that he was afraid to talk about this in church because if a person did not have questions about this, talking about this might cause that person to have questions. I guess it was his idea that he could keep the people in his church in a bubble, isolated from society. But the only way this would be effective is if all of his parishioners live in the church, never leave the church, and never have any contact with the outside world. Because this anti-biblical message is the message that they will get from the world.
Now the question is: Will the church prepare them for this?
I can tell you first hand that the church did not prepare me. That is why I do what I do now. I want to help others be prepared.
“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.” 1 Peter 3:15 NLT.
Pay attention to what is going on. “Know how to interpret the signs of the times!” Matthew 16:3. Persist in talking to your church leadership. But also, take the lead in talking to your own family and friends.