[The is the addended transcript of my regular KVMR commentary broadcast on 17 June 2015.]
Our secular humanist brethren misconstrue Darwin as having claimed and conclusively demonstrated that the cosmos was uncreated, and that life arose by chance from the primordial muck. In fact, Darwin made neither claim, but did present compelling evidence that once life came about, it then began transforming to adapt to its environment through evolution. Today evolutionary progress of the species has been accepted by all except the most fundamentalist believers in the several faiths.
Secular humanists of all stripes arose in the latter half of the 19th century, and by the mid-20th popular champions of ‘God is dead’ were penning eagerly read volumes claiming to demonstrate how science explained everything, including no need for creation and God. All that was still required was the Big Bang. Among those who arose to lead this movement of science-glorifying people to atheism, are Daniel Dennett and Richard Dawkins – the latter of The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, and The God Delusion fame. Being a declared atheist was supposed signal to society that you were an intellectual, an independent thinker, and above all cool.