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Were Dinosaurs Warm Blooded?
Psalm 147:2-3
"The LORD builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel. He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds."
Dinosaur fossil hunters and paleontologists have long debated whether dinosaurs were warm-blooded or cold-blooded. With reptile characteristics, it was expected that dinosaurs would be cold-blooded....

Evolution and the Marxist Dialectic

Mark CadwalladerViewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman

We have a friend whose business is breeding rabbits for county and state fair competitions. Mr. Robinson has bred thousands of rabbits over the years, and he has seen quite a few show winners – but he has never seen anything other than more rabbits from his breeding. Indeed, rabbits make other rabbits, to use the Genesis phrase, “after their kind”. It’s the same story when it comes to breeding dogs, horses, cattle, carrots, roses, tulips, or any other kind of plant or animal. The variation is limited to the genes that are originally present for the particular “kind”.  

Because of this biological stability that is built in to life forms, evolutionists Stephen J. Gould and Niles Eldredge came up with the concept of “punctuated equilibrium” in 1972. In other words, they admitted that evolutionists should give up on natural selection being able to drive evolutionary progress beyond species groups – biological variation remains within a species group. And this was what the fossil record was confirming to honest evolutionists.

So, with their punctuated equilibrium concept, Gould and Eldredge suggested that mutations could add to the forces of natural selection in fringe populations, which might then transmit the mutation so that it would take hold and push a population in a punctuated “leap” toward the next level of species. Of course, they have no way to test this theory which attempts to explain the absence of transition fossils because they remove the very evidence against them in the fossil record! Creationists can, of course, point out that mutations induced in the lab are mostly all harmful and never constructive.  

What is also interesting is that Gould and Eldredge admitted that in proposing this mechanism of punctuated equilibrium, they were drawing on the model that became the cornerstone for Marxism. They wrote: “History, as Hegel said, moves upward in a spiral of negations.” (Gould, Stephen J. and Eldredge, Niles (1977) “Punctuated Equilibria: The Tempo and Mode of Evolution Reconsidered”, Paleobiology 3 (2):115-151, p. 145)

What they referred to was the method of the dialectic – that is, a “thesis” is confronted by its “antithesis” which leads to a (compromised) “synthesis” which becomes the new thesis. This new thesis is then also confronted by its antithesis so that the population reaches a new synthesis. And the spiral continues, as the new synthesis becomes the thesis which is attacked by its antithesis leading to yet another synthesis which becomes the new thesis. The spiraling of thesis/antithesis/synthesis is the dialectic.

Karl Marx adopted this method of philosopher Georg Hegel as his “road to truth”, and applied it to economic history in the founding of Communism. Gould and Eldredge extended the method to biological history. Marx, of course, had radical change in mind. His Communism became defined as “dialectical materialism” – it was not only dialectical, it was materialistic, or atheistic. Marx also wrote, “Philosophers have only interpreted the world. The point, however, is to change it.” Marx, Engels and other early communists rejoiced when Darwin published his Origin of Species because they felt that what they believed as an evolution of society was being shown scientifically in biology.

Modern secularists, also buoyed by faith in evolution, and buying into and manipulating the bitterness toward a “ruling class” which was the bitterness that drove Karl Marx, are pursuing incremental socialism – a creeping godless vision which wants government ownership and control along with the abolition of absolute morality founded on religion. They are pushing the dialectic by promoting the “antithesis” to the Christian “thesis” that has been upheld in America and is the basis for American Democracy, historically the enemy of Communism.

Consider recent history leading to the ridiculous dispute today over gender equality for public restrooms. Beginning with the Revolutionary War, homosexuality was outlawed in the U.S. military. And until 1970, every single state in the U.S. had laws against sodomy. Marriage other than between a man and a woman was out of the question. What changed? What changed is that the thesis of puritan morality in America was challenged by its antithesis.

Under the onslaught of pressure from the LGBT lobby, by 1994 the military compromised its policy on homosexuals with the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. That synthesis was not enough, however, and the LGBT lobby kept pushing. By 2011 the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy had been repealed to officially allow homosexuality in the military.

The pressure occurred on other fronts as well. In 2003 the Supreme Court struck down remaining state sodomy laws, paving the way for the Massachusetts State Supreme Court to invoke gay marriage in the same year. Gradually, other states made gay marriage legal, in spite of the votes of the people, until by June 2015 gay marriage also became federal law per the Supreme Court – creating a new thesis for the culture from the previous synthesizing and re-synthesizing of cultural values in the ongoing dialectical struggle envisioned by the neo-Marxists.

Now we see promotion by the federal government of the antithesis to age-old bathroom privacy between males and females! It is amazing, like gay marriage, that this is actually being discussed. But the insanity and depravity will not stop there. The more we allow ourselves to drift away from the Bible and give in to a new synthesis of values, the more those who are determined to tear down Christian morality and Christian consensus in America will keep pushing. Their goal is to tear down American democracy which stands in the way of Marxism, and to tear down Biblical Christianity itself.

Of course, Satan himself is behind all attacks on Christianity. But one thing he has used repeatedly is his “antithesis” to the “thesis” of our Holy Creator God – the God of the Bible. And evolution, punctuated equilibrium and all, has been a huge tool. At Creation Moments, we do not want to “synthesize” with these lies. We want to stand strong in upholding biblical creation. The lie of evolution is an anti-God philosophy. It has fueled and borrowed from other anti-God philosophies. Because of our sin nature, people “suppress the truth” that the God of the Bible is their Creator, Judge, Savior, and Lord (Romans 1:18).

At Creation Moments, we invite you to be “strong in the Lord” with us, to “put on the full armor of God” – to not give in to the fears that the world and the devil throw our way, but to be “ambassadors” for the truth of God. There is much we can do as we look for our Lord’s return, and we are thankful to have you with us as a partner in ministry!