Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 70 – The Chosen Four, Part 2

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Plot Summary

The latest clue lists four names — Miklos Lanick, Jiri Novak, Harvey Littleton, and Milton Puttock—that’s it. Who are these men, and when and where did they live? The Creation Response Team must decode the mystery behind each and find out what they have in common before the next clue will be revealed. But can they beat out their competition? It seems even less likely when Trenton and Mitch are joined by the CRT’s greatest nemesis! (Taken from here.)

Topics in this episode:

  • Evidence
  • Herbert Spencer
  • Auguste Comte
  • Survival of the Fittest and Natural Selection
  • What the…??
  • Psalm 127:3
  • Social Darwinism

There is NO Study Guide available for Volume 6 (Ep. 61-72).  You’re on your own!

Background Information

The Jonathan Park CDs are produced by Vision Forum Ministries. Through these CDs, VF hope to ‘provide children and adults with scientific evidence that is in harmony with the Word of God’. [Which raises the questions, ‘What does “in harmony” mean?’ and ‘What do they do with scientific evidence that is not in harmony with the Word of God?’]

Tagline: This is our Father’s world, God created it; we can explore it, so live the adventure!

NOTE: The producers of this series neglect to reference their information in any form.  No references is ever given either on the CD or in the Study Guide for ANY information presented in the series.  Even the voice actors of the series are not given any credit anywhere.  We only know that the series is a production of Vision Forum Ministries.

Review

Topics in this episode:

Evidence

The Story: Just as the writer of the gospel of Luke states that there is overwhelming evidence that Jesus is who He claims to be and that He rose from the dead, there is also overwhelming historical and scientific evidence for the God of the Bible.

Response: I’m not sure what these words mean.  How can God be proven scientifically?

Furthermore, there is overwhelming evidence for evolution.

There is overwhelming evidence for an old earth.

There is NO evidence of a global flood that happened several thousand years ago.

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Herbert Spencer

The Story: Angela talks about Herbert Spencer and when Katie asks whether he was an evolutionist, she answers, “Yes, Katie,” in a sad voice. Spencer rejected the Creation account in Genesis. Dr Park says that Spencer understood better than a lot of Christians who try to combine the Bible with evolutionary beliefs; there are really only two possibilities: either God specially created, or nature created itself.

Spencer coined the term ‘survival of the fittest’.

(5:57-7:56)

Response: More about Herbert Spencer here.

There are people who believe in a God and also accept evolution and find no contradiction.

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Auguste Comte

The Story: Comte was a Frenchman who came up with the idea of The Law of Three Stages.

Spencer took Comte’s ideas and applied them even further.  Spencer argued that just as evolution turned  a simple organism progressed to complex humans, that it was also working on society as a whole.

Response: More about Comte here.

More about The Law of Three Stages here.

This has nothing to do with whether evolutionary biology is right or not.

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Survival of the Fittest and Natural Selection

The Story: (Milton Puttock talks to the CRT.  He speaks in a really mocking tone of ‘evolutionary beliefs’ that it is hard to understand where he is coming from. )

Dr Puttock says, ‘Evolutionists love to focus on something they call “Survival of the Fittest”.  They point out the less fit creatures die off and the more fit animals  survive. Spencer applied that same principle to society. Spencer believed that those that are ingenious and find a way to produce will survive. But those who do not will die out….If society is about getting rid of the less fit and promoting the strongest, or smartest, or most able to adapt, then it has horrible implications on how we treat our fellow citizens.’  For these reasons, Dr Puttock vehemently disagrees with his colleague Harvey Littleton. (13:21-14:21)

Response: Learn more about what ‘Survival of the Fittest’ actually means in evolutionary terms here and here.

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What the..??

The Story: Trenton and Mitch kidnap Nicholas Lanick from his home in Brno, Switzerland and are instructed to take him to London where he is held hostage under the watchful eye of Myles Morgan (an old nemesis from previous volumes).  Nicholas’ parents are instructed to go to London, too. Myles Morgan manages to get the Chosen Four together, apparently under coercion (“Okay, take off your blindfolds.”) to see if he can solve the clue.  They work out that all of the men, save Dr Lanick , have identical-looking watches sent to them by an anonymous admirer.  While Myles puzzles over this, the door bursts open and someone yells, “FBI!  Everyone freeze!” It is the FBI with the Creation Response Team!

In the kerfuffle that ensues, Myles Morgan manages to slip away again!

(15:26-18:51)

Response: *faint*

Although according to the Schengen Agreement, it is possible to travel within Europe without a passport, the whole thing seems preposterous!

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Psalm 127:3

The Story: Thomas Malthus had a profound impact on Spencer’s thinking. Malthus believed that wars, famine and disease were necessary to keep populations down.  He believed that parents should marry later in life to keep from having many children.  Jonathan says that that goes against Psalm 127:3. (19:24-19:51)

Response: Psalm 127:3 is the go-to verse that quiverfull people like to quote to prove that God wants us to have lots and lots of children.

However, Psalm 127:3 is descriptive, not prescriptive.  It is not a command.

This is a gross misuse of Scripture.

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Social Darwinism

The Story: Spencer took Malthus’ ideas and said that others should not care for the weak. If the strong helped the weak, it would stand in the way of Natural Selection. This goes against biblical teaching (Psalm 82:3-4). Dr Park tells Jonathan that this is another example of how evolution and the Bible are in complete conflict. ‘A true evolutionist should agree with Spencer. The needy should be left alone to die out, so we can evolve to become better. This just shows the irony of the modern-day evolutionary environmentalist movement. If they truly believe in evolution, then they should be consistent and allow species to die out and allow the fit to survive.’

That is why evolution is so dangerous.

(19:51-21:55)

Response: It is statements like the bolded that spur me on to continue writing out against this series put out by Vision Forum.  It also explains why I have to take a break from them every now and then – to calm down and collect myself.

From wikipedia on Social Darwinism:

Opponents of Darwinian evolution have often maintained that social Darwinism is a logical entailment of a belief in evolutionary theory, while defenders of evolutionary theory generally maintain that it is rather a perversion of Darwin’s ideas. While most scholars recognize the historical link between Darwin’s theory and forms of social Darwinism, they also maintain that social Darwinism is not a necessary consequence of the principles of biological evolution, and that using biological evolution as a justification for policies of inequality amounts to committing the naturalistic fallacy.

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Conclusion

Pat Roy has a lot to answer for.

And that is all I have to say about that.

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Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2012, in Jonathan Park, Jonathan Park Reviews, Vision Forum and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Good for you, I often wonder how you can keep going with these but if someone doing a Google search for this series were to end up at your reviews that would be a good outcome.

    Next time someone tells you an evolutionary biologist must believe in social Darwinism or they are a hypocrite, ask them if historians studying WWII Germany must also be Nazis.

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  2. Thanks for that, hktelemacher.

    I often wonder myself why/how I continue writing. In the end, I boil it down to the fact that I have 72 episodes and my OCD won’t let me leave the reviews in mid-air, as it were. Only two left to go now…

    I know for a fact that the people at Vision Forum know that I am writing these reviews. I’m guessing the fact that my blog gets so little traffic means that they are not going to ‘worry’ about it.

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