During a recent campaign event at a church in Nashville, TN, Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson explained that he believes in creation and thinks the theory of evolution is the work of Satan.Evolution is one of the most highly documented, well-supported scientific theories on the planet and he thinks that it came from Satan? Really? This is, ostensibly, a highly educated man. I simply cannot take seriously anyone who thinks this, no matter what their other accomplishments might be. Nor can I vote for a person who thinks this.
“They say, ‘Carson, ya know, how can you be a surgeon, a neurosurgeon, and believe that God created the Earth, and not believe in evolution, which is the basis of all knowledge and all science?'” Carson posited.
“Well, you know, it’s kind of funny. But I do believe God created us, and I did just fine. So I don’t know where they get that stuff from, ya know? It’s not true. And in fact, the more you know about God, and the deeper your relationship with God, I think the more intricate becomes your knowledge of the way things work, including the human body,” he said.
Carson went on to explain that the theory of evolution, specifically, is the work of the devil.
“I personally believe that this theory that Darwin came up with was something that was encouraged by the adversary,” he said.
I simply cannot.
Carson is also on record as saying that he thinks that the pyramids in Giza were built by Joseph to store grain.
Paul Waldman of the Washington Post adds this:
Ben Carson’s ideas about things like the pyramids, combined with what he has said about other more immediate topics, suggest not only that his beliefs are impervious to evidence but also an alarming lack of what we might call epistemological modesty. It isn’t what he doesn’t know that’s the problem, it’s what he doesn’t realize that he doesn’t know. He thinks that all the archeologists who have examined the pyramids just don’t know what they’re talking about, because Joseph had to put all that grain somewhere. He thinks that after reading something about the second law of thermodynamics, he knows more about the solar system than the world’s physicists do. He thinks that after hearing a Glenn Beck rant about the evils of Islam, he knows as much about a 1,400-year-old religion as any theologian and can confidently say why no Muslim who doesn’t renounce his faith could be president.In this way, he is not very different from many evangelical Christians who seem to be afflicted by an illness that convinces them that they can dismiss any scientific theory they don't like by reading one article on the subject. If Carson does not moderate his public speaking on these subjects, he will continue to look foolish. That is a shame because I think he genuinely wants to help the country and has some good ideas. Just not the scientific ones.