We are always being told by creationists that they — and they alone — have a reason to behave morally, while those godless evolutionists think they live in an immoral universe and behave accordingly. We’ve written about this several times before — see Creationism and Morality, Part 4, which links to earlier posts in that series, and also Klinghoffer on Science and Morality.
In Morality, Evolution, and Darwin, we said:
[E]very sane adult you ask will tell you that: (1) he doesn’t want to be murdered, enslaved, raped, or otherwise assaulted; (2) he doesn’t want his property stolen; (3) he doesn’t want to be told lies or be cheated; (4) he doesn’t want his private behavior or his honest and voluntary dealings with others to be restricted; and (5) he doesn’t want his thoughts regulated. Given mankind’s unanimity on the foregoing, would it not be reasonable to conclude that the desire to be free from those conditions is an objectively verifiable attribute of all humans, and therefore any system of morality should be based thereon?
Our rational, non-mystical approach to things avoids David Hume’s Is–ought problem problem because it doesn’t tell people what they should do — that’s left up to them. It only tells them what they should not do.
Along the way, we’ve raised several questions about the creationists’ position which are always unanswered, such as how they can explain:
Abraham’s behavior when God announced His intention to exterminate the populations of Sodom and Gomorrah? Abraham objected and told God that it would be unjust to kill the good along with the rest. And what of Moses’ reaction when God announced His intention to exterminate the Hebrews because of the golden calf incident? Moses argued God out of doing it.
If evolution were the road to evil, one must wonder how Darwin himself somehow managed to lead such an exemplary life. And where are the headlines screaming: “Another Biology Teacher With 30 Bodies Buried in His Back Yard!” It’s certainly interesting that those who are the most involved with the theory of evolution are the least likely to justify the creationists’ fears.
We thought there wasn’t much else to be said, but today we found Pastor kills himself after mistakenly sending his nude photos intended for his mistress to church members instead. It appears at the website Christian Today, which describes itself as “an independent Christian media company,” located in London. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Pastor Letsego of Christ Embassy in Limpopo, South Africa reportedly hanged himself in shame after he mistakenly sent photos of his genitals to members of his church using the WhatsApp texting service in mobile phones.
According to the online news source Live Monitor, the married pastor intended to send the pictures to his mistress who, it is said, is a member of the same church. Worse, the news source said the pastor sent a message that reads “Wife is away, it’s all yours tonight” along with the photos.
Egad! How is such a thing possible? Then the article says:
Members of the church group who received the photos and message were shocked and outraged. They tried to call up the pastor, who wouldn’t answer. The pastor then left the group. The following day, he was found hanging in his rented church house, Live Monitor reported.
Strange. We would expect that sort of behavior from a biologist — perhaps without the remorseful suicide — but a pastor? Oh wait — the article tells us:
Other pastors have also found themselves enmeshed in extramarital affairs that likewise ended in tragedy.
Really? We’re shocked — shocked! To make it worse, they tell us about two others:
• In June, an Indiana pastor was believed to have committed suicide after he was charged with soliciting sex from a minor, The Christian Post reported. David James Brown, the 46-year-old senior pastor at First Christian Church in Jeffersonville, Indiana, was found hanging inside an Attic Self Storage unit in Marietta, Georgia. Investigators found no evidence of foul play.
• Last year, John Gibson, a pastor and seminary professor of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, was also believed to have taken his own life after his name was exposed by hackers as one of the users of the extramarital affair website Ashley Madison.
That’s how the article ends. But observe, dear reader, the fallen preachers they told us about were recent events. They didn’t bother to remind us of some notorious cases from the past, such as like Ted Haggard, Jimmy Swaggart, and Jim Bakker. To be fair, we must acknowledge that most clergymen seem to lead exemplary lives. However, if the creationists’ claims about morality are true, there shouldn’t be any failures among creationist denominations. Also, we’ve never seen creationists present a list of prominent biologists whose conduct is comparable to the fallen preachers.
So we’re left with a mystery. We’re told that creationism is the source of morality, and evolution leads to depravity. But why do the data say otherwise? We’re so confused!
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