Atheists Say Darwinism Means Life is Meaningless (But Their Behavior Shows They Know Better)

By Richard Weikart

In a YouTube video the University of Chicago evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne said science has shown that “the universe and life are pointless … in the sense that there is no externally imposed purpose or point in the universe. As atheists this is something that is manifestly true to us. We make our own meaning and purpose.”

He added, “Evolution is the greatest killer of belief that has ever happened on this planet because it showed that some of the best evidence for God, which was the design of animals and plants that so wonderfully matched their environment could be the result of this naturalistic, blind materialistic process of natural selection.”

Coyne is by no means alone in his claim that Darwinism, with its insistence that all living organisms have arisen through chance events (mutations) without any plan or purpose, leads logically to the position that human life has no meaning or purpose.

In my new book The Death of Humanity and the Case for Life, I provide many examples of evolutionary biologists and other intellectuals arguing that Darwinism sweeps away any notion of meaning to human life. Evolutionary biologist William Provine, for example, insisted in a 1994 debate with Phillip Johnson (a leading figure in the Intelligent Design movement), “No ultimate foundations for ethics exist, no ultimate meaning in life exists, and free will is merely a human myth. These are all conclusions to which Darwin came quite clearly.”

However, as I also explain in detail in my new book, many Darwinists are unable to live in real accord with their own philosophy. For instance…


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