Darek Isaacs claims to have thought long and hard about evolutionary theory. But then again, he also thinks that it excuses rape, a belief that pretty clearly illustrates that he should think a little harder.
Isaacs, a creationist, is clearly trying legitimize his own studies of evolution when he states in an episode of “Creation Today” that he has critically examined the work of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, E.O. Wilson, and other “purveyors of evolutionary thought.” As his studies progressed, he reports that he found himself in “a very, very dark place” where he felt obligated to “start asking questions.”
Now I’m all for questioning the status quo, but when you ask inflammatory questions and then don’t fully investigate the answer, some problems begin to emerge. In the interview, Isaacs asks “Well, if evolution is true, and it’s just all about the male propagating their DNA, we have to ask hard questions, like, well, is rape wrong?”
Well, actually, that’s not how it works. In fact, “it” is not “just all about the male propagating their DNA.” I’m going to address this one point at a time:
- One of the amazing things about human reproduction is that it, in fact, involves two people, rather than just a “male propagating” his DNA. Some people find it hard to remember that women are not just subjects of the male sex drive.
- This is, in fact, not a hard question. The short response is RAPE IS WRONG. The longer response is that “propagating DNA” involves more than just having huge numbers of children. Scientifically speaking, there’s no point in reproducing if all of your offspring die before they, too, can reproduce. Instead, you need to invest time and energy into caring for those children to ensure their survival. The reproductive strategy that Isaacs is talking about is one employed by many kinds of animals, including fish. Their goal is that, by laying huge numbers of eggs, a few of the offspring will survive into adulthood. (Think Finding Nemo) Humans, on the other hand, do it differently. Pregnant women invest so much energy into their children that it wouldn’t make sense for them to try ‘the fish strategy’ (18 Kids and Counting? Try Thousands of Kids and Counting!). Instead, ideally, parents care for what children they can afford to care for.
- It is a scientifically bad idea to assault the future mother of your children. (Isaacs is very clearly referencing heterosexual sex with a male attacker.) Why would you subject her to physical, emotional, and mental violence that will likely result in a lifetime struggle with depression and PTSD? That doesn’t help ‘preserve offspring.’ What if the rape leads her to commit suicide? That, let me tell you, does not give a good outlook to your reproductive future.
Hey, folks! That’s not all! Unbelievably, Isaacs actually keeps flapping his gab! “According to the evolutionary worldview, [if] that male is strong enough and he had wonderful genes, he should propagate his DNA as much as possible so that the species can progress,” Isaacs said. “So it redefines everything about our society.” Well, sir. I can’t say that it does redefine “everything about our society.” There are, for example, wonderful qualities that are adaptively advantageous which do not involve being strong. Take intellect, for example. The development of tools was essential for the survival of human beings. And there’s a reason that the billions of people now inhabiting our planet, for the most part, do not look like Arnold Schwarzenegger; some people succeed because of their strength, some people succeed because of their brains, some people because of their skills, some because of their speed…you get the point. There are a lot of ways that people can be ‘fit’ to survive in our society.
Fun Facts About Darek Isaacs: though making ignorant comments about rape and science is his full time job, Isaacs has also taken up writing as a hobby. In 2010 he published the sadly underappreciated book “Dragons or Dinosaurs?” in which he argued that ancient myths about dragons are, in fact, based upon human interaction with dinosaurs. He is also the founder of the blog Watchman 33, in which he posts “information and insight on Biblical Prophecy.”
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