Most of you have seen the rough sketch of the tree of life from Darwin’s notebook. He made it around 1837 when he first conceived the idea of the biological relationship of all life. You probably thought that simple diagram was the start of a great idea. But now, dear reader, here’s the rest of the story.
You can learn The Truth™ by reading Is the Tree of Life Dead? at the personal blog of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He’s the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed not only for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), but also for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
Here are some excerpts from Hambo’s post, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
What comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “tree of life?” Some of us will think of the tree mentioned in the Books of Genesis and Revelation. Others will immediately recall Darwin’s evolutionary ideas about the origin and descent of life.
What’s Hambo getting at? Are people ever confused about that? He tells us:
A recent article discusses why Darwin may have chosen to label his famous branching diagram the Tree of Life.
Hambo is referring to an article in the Guardian, titled The tree of life: with Darwin from Genesis to genomics, which has almost 200 comments. It was written by Petter Hellström, described as: “a PhD candidate at the Department of History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University.” We know nothing else about him, but we get the strong impression that he’s a creationist. You’ll soon see why we have that opinion. According to the Guardian, Hellström wrote:
When he [Darwin] first set out to formulate his evolutionary ideas, in his private “B” notebook of 1837, he famously sketched three tree-like, ascending and branching genealogical diagrams to visualize various aspects of what he was already naming “the tree of life”. … Readers of the Guardian may not know their Bible as well as Darwin’s contemporaries did, yet in Victorian Britain it would have escaped no one that he was naming his tree after the tree in the Garden of Eden. The biblical tree of life is a symbol of immortality and regeneration. It is prominently placed in the Bible, appearing both in Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament, and in Revelation, the last book of the New. Darwin’s appropriation of the tree of life was no mistake.
Gasp — Darwin “appropriated” the tree of life! We’re shocked — shocked! And now you understand why we suspect that Hellström is a creationist. [Addendum: Commenters who have read Hellström’s original article say that it’s not creationist at all, so we regret having misjudged him based on Hambo’s post.] Okay, back to Hambo:
This writer [Hellström] is saying that Darwin took the idea of the biblical tree of life — and its connotations of eternal life — and was able to secularize it so that now people think of the “genetic continuation in our descendants” rather than the promises of God’s Word as the hope for eternal life. And this writer directly associates Darwin’s work with the increasing secularization of the West and the replacement of God’s Word with evolutionary ideas. Generations have been replacing the true God of creation with the false god of self.
Darwin was a wicked man! Let’s read on:
Even if Darwin was unintentional about the biblical association of the tree of life, he essentially replaced the biblical tree of life and deceived many people with his false ideas about the past. These individuals are putting their hope in a lie about the past and the future — a lie that has devastating eternal consequences!
Yes, eternal consequences! Hambo continues:
When we think of the tree of life, we should be reminded of God’s promise of eternal life for all believers [scripture reference]. We were originally designed to never die, but sin changed everything [scripture reference]. Because of sin, we all die [scripture reference].
The rest of Hambo’s post goes on like that, so we’ll quit here. But you might want to click over there to read the whole thing. It’s very inspiring. Now, at last, thanks to Hambo, we know how truly evil Darwin was.
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