TITLE: The Conclusion of the Matter 9/4/15
By Richard McCaw
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The Conclusion of the Matter
Digging deeper into the power of the human mind has been exciting, and can accomplish great things. However, let us not forget that if our minds are not completely surrendered to the King of the universe, the same mind can create the seeds of devastating destructions upon other mortals. Therefore, let us come to the conclusion of the matter.
I imagine myself to be an investigative reporter, and all the participants in the Ft. Lauderdale court have time-travelled into 2015 for the trial of Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution.
Finally, I hear Judge Monboddo call Sir Charles Lyell to the witness stand in order to sum up the case. Sir Charles shakily steps forward to the witness stand and gives his oath on the Bible.
After those preliminaries, Mr. Virchow addresses Sir Charles. “Sir Charles, I understand that you have something important for the court to hear, is that right?”
From where I am sitting, Darwin appears stunned and his jaw drops as if struggling within himself.
Charles Lyell had been his close and influential friend. He had helped to arrange the simultaneous publication in 1858 of papers by Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace on natural selection. He had worked briefly as a lawyer in the 1820s, and was once Professor of Geology at Kings’ College London in the 1830s, and his books provided both income and fame. He had certainly shown yourself to be very objective and open to accepting truth wherever it appeared.
Why has Charles Lyell been brought to the witness stand? After all, he had been sitting among the witnesses for the defense of Darwin’s theory. What could he have to say being cross-examined by Virchow?
Sir Charles smiles and asks, “May I say something to this honorable court, sir?” Slowly he stands and is about to speak.
Suddenly before he can begin, Mr. Wallace rises and says, “Your honor, my client is under great stress and I would like to request a recess at this...”
Sir Charles becomes irritated, “I know what I’m saying…”
Rudolph Virchow says, “Your Honor, Sir Charles wishes to make a statement.”
Mr. Wallace again says, “Your honor, the defense has the right to ask for..."
Judge bangs down the gavel, and raising his voice, says, “Order in the court! Order!”
Then he asks Sir Charles again, “You wish to make a statement?”
Sir Charles responds, “I do, your Honor. I wish to...”
Mr. Wallace, interrupts, “Your Honor, defense has the right to request a recess.”
Rudolph Virchow rises again with his hand in the air, “Your honor, I believe the witness has the right to ...”
Before Virchow finishes speaking, Lord Montboddo with some irritation interrupts, “Sir Charles, you may make your statement now.”
Sir Charles begins, “We need to understand the demands on scientists to provide proof of theories. A fever rages in the scientist community, a fear of failing before the public.We must understand Mr. Darwin’s influence on us scientists. Creationists are cracked, illogical and uneducated people. Destroy them we must, in order to boast our achievement. But some of us know better. We know the lies but were silent for so long. Why did we support false pronouncements despite knowing the truth? Because we loved investigation and new ideas.
“What if a few creationist ideas though valid gets thrown out? Even when we twisted our so-called facts a little, we knew that the theory was in danger. We wanted desperately to win, so we deceived the public for many years.
“Anxious for his ideas of vertebrate similarities, Ernst Haeckel forged images of embryos. We say that the evidence was not conclusive, because we want to believe his theory was factual. Dare anyone prove otherwise?
“The very lies that deceived Mr. Darwin stirred everyone who wanted to dismiss God. We recognized that what the church had denied us for centuries was now becoming an ally.
“The world agreed and so we marched ahead, but soon discovered that we were in danger again. The rituals of descent began here in the Scopes Trial and have been like a dangerous epidemic.
“Then a passing phase began to be accepted as truth and began to govern our lives. I kept silent and to save my reputation. Counsel suggested that the theory advanced science, that the Creation and the Bible are irrational. If society is to be saved, we must tell the hard truth, and guilt must be acknowledged at all costs.”
Finally, Sir Charles says, “I have nothing more to say, your honor.”
“Sir Charles, you may step down now,” Lord Montboddo says.
A shocked silence fills the courtroom.
(TO BE CONTINUED)
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