Two important questions:
1. What 5 key strategies can opponents of evolution use to collapse Darwinism?
2. Will opponents of evolution collapse Darwinism through having sheer numbers of adherents or through superior resources, creativity, foresight and the attrition of Darwinists? Alternatively, will it be though a combination of some or all of these factors?
Three master strategists in history
Some believers of biblical creation are satisfied with incremental gains over Darwinism. Our Question Evolution! Campaign group and other like minded creationists want total victory. In short, the world collapse of Darwinism.
History is replete with examples of various ideologies and religions disappearing off the face of the earth. And make no mistake about it, Darwinism is both an ideology and a religion. Michael Ruse, an atheist and evolutionist science philosopher admitted, “Evolution is a religion. This was true of evolution in the beginning, and it is true of evolution still today.”
Military commanders and scholars consider these three military strategist to be among the best in the history:
1. The Chinese general Sun Tzu
2. The Prussian military theorist Carl von Clausewitz
3. Antoine-Henri Jomini who served under French and Russian armies.
Sun Tzu's strategies and tactics embody the "Eastern tradition of strategy that emphasizes outwitting an opponent through speed, stealth, flexibility, and a minimum of effort." An essay discussing Sun Tzu declares that Tzu promotes "fluidity, flexibility, surprise,,, and intelligence over sheer military might."
Other key principles of Sun Tzu are: finding ways of conquering an enemy without actually fighting (putting the opposition in no win situations), attacking an enemies strategy, attacking weak points of an enemy, the importance of timing and bringing war to an end as quickly as possible.
Sun Tzu is widely credited for writing the classic work The Art of War which is still studied by military strategist today.
Carl von Clausewitz
Two key quotes of Carl von Clauswitz:
“If you want to overcome your enemy you must match your efforts against his power of resistance, which can be expressed as the product of two inseparable factors; the total means at his disposal and the strength of his will.”
“If in conclusion we consider the total concept of a victory, we find it consists of three elements: the enemy’s greater loss of material strength, his loss of morale, and his open admission of the above by giving up his intentions.”
In addition, Clausewitz was focused on: the massive application of force, "the importance of finding the center of gravity, or the critical point at the critical time, upon which the outcome of the conflict depended" and the unpredictability of war and/or "fog of war".
Because Clausewitz has a focus on breaking the enemies will and civilian leadership is often in charge of the military in the Western socities, Clausewitz wrote about the political aspects of war also.
Jomini stressed: putting superior combat power at a decisive point, attacking key points, operational warfare and using a minimal of combat power to achieve objectives.
5 strategies to collapse Darwinism
I don't agree with all of the ideas expressed by these military strategists in terms of defeating an opposition and ideological wars are not the same as military conflicts. Yet, there are some similarities.
With that being said, below is a list of the key ways that creationists can collapse Darwinism.
5 strategies to collapse Darwinism
1. Strength of resources
Borrowing from Carl von Clausewitz and it is important to have as much firepower as possible. We wrote about this in our articles on the importance of fundraising entitled Winning the creation vs. evolution war with the help of strong fundraising and We are off to the races as far as developing our creation vs. evolution fundraising abilities
In short, we want to we want to "flood the zone" on the public forum as much as possible.
We will do what it takes to optimize fundraising using fundraising best practices and using a variety of methods to fundraising. Millions have been raised to fight Darwinism. We believe that attacking Darwinism involves a well designed, strategic and efficient grassroots effort and other efforts to support it (such as internet evangelism and other forms of evangelism) will be attractive to the Christian community.
We know that secular ideology is weak and worth attacking in a broad way to reach the general public. And this is certainly true in the case of Darwinism. A 2012 study found that people believed in evolution due to having a gut feeling. See: Evolutionary gut feelings, "Belief in Evolution Boils Down to a Gut Feeling"
A 2012 Georgetown University study indicating that those who raised atheist by their family have a mere 30% retention rate as far as staying atheist indicates that atheism is a weak ideology. Also, in communist China, Christianity is rapidly growing in both the countryside and in its cities too.
Sun Tzu and Carl von Clausewitz also taught value of timing. Currently, the Western World is buried by a mountain of debt which is causing wide spread unemployment in various countries and financial instability. A growing number of financial experts conclude that the West is going to experience a very significant amount of financial pain and/or that a global economic depression is coming. History teaches us that in times of trouble people often turn to God and question their current views on life. For more information please see: Social unrest in Europe altering its religious landscape
In addition, Western society under financial duress and facing increased business competition from the Eastern World is likely to make cuts in public funding of Darwinist ideology such finding ways to private schooling since it is more economical (vouchers for private schools, charter schools, online education, shut down some public colleges/universities, etc.).
In addition, I believe in the strong use of fundraising because I think it is important to kill off Darwinism as quickly as possible as it is a needless stumbling block to Christian evangelism. This is in accordance of Sun Tzu's principle of ending conflicts as quickly as possible. In addition, Sun Tzu stressed the importance of preparation and having a well supplied army.
2. Attacking Darwinism at key points
Although Sun Tzu, Carl von Clausewitz and Antoine-Henri Jomini have very different approaches, they all agree on the importance of attacking the opposition strategically and at key points. See: Attacking Darwinism at key points
3. Attacking the enemies strategy
Sun Tzu taught it is important to attack the enemies strategy. For example, indoctrinating students in public schools is a key strategy of Darwinists.
We know that in America most teachers are reluctant to endorse evolutionism in class.
Therefore, we are going to educate children on the many weaknesses of Darwinism through the 15 questions for evolutionists taught through a variety of methods such as tracts, booklets, books, videos, online courses, workbooks, classes, etc. .
Then of course, we are going to encourage students to bring up these 15 questions in class if there teachers are trying to indoctrinate the class in evolutionary dogma. We can also train students to do this in summer camps, churches and other places. See: The high price of NOT asking the 15 Questions for Evolutionists in your classroom
If David has the boldness to defeat Goliath, should not Christian students bring up objections to Darwinism to teachers who are often reluctant to endorse Darwinism in class? Isn't this especially true since the false beliefs of evolutionary thought are antithetical to what the Bible teaches and corrosive to biblical morality. See: Morals decline linked to evolution - university study
In addition, conservative Bible clubs are proliferating across the United States in public schools and other places through coordinated effort of a national Christian organization. It makes all the sense in the world to form a strategic alliance with this group and similar groups via Question Evolution! materials designed with their needs in mind. See: Bible in schools and alliances with Question Evolution! campaign supporters
We do want to thank Richard Dawkins for letting us know about this tremendous opportunity of these quickly growing Bible clubs in schools via his website which has seen declining viewers in recent years. See:
Creation Ministries International blows past Richard Dawkins in terms of their website traffic.
Now that a Question Evolution! book for middle school students is soon going to be completed (we expect it to be completed in 2013), the process of mass dissemination of the Question Evolution! Campaign has started. Since it is a grassroots campaign, recruiting more and more volunteers is key. We have a member of our team who worked for a national employee recruiting firm and he is very good at recruiting people and teaching others.
It is also important to use as many key venues as possible to get the message out such as the internet, churches, mass media, news media, and other venues. See: Our group's plan, strategy and tactics for advancing the Question Evolution! Campaign
5. Flexibility and minimum of effort to achieve goals
We are always gong to be looking for ways to deliver our message faster and more economically. For example, forming alliances and taking advantage of technological advances and/or new marketing venues/channels. This is in line with the thinking of Sun Tzu and Jomini.
Also, people like learning content in various ways. For example, a businessman might like an audio he can listen to in his car. Other people prefer books or videos. Other people like structured online courses. We will endeavor to meet the public's preferences as much as possible.
In addition, Sun Tzu taught the importance of surprise and stealth to keep your opponents off balance. We have a number of things planned we want unleash which we think will be very effective.
War of attrition:
Alex White, a manager for non-profit causes, says that often modern day ideological wars are wars of attrition and there is some wisdom and applicability in this statement. On the other hand, in an information age and various technologies to rapidly get out one's message, the applicability of White's statement is mitigated and is not a blanket statement. It all depends how entrenched an ideology is in various regions and sectors of the populace.
J. Bartholomees wrote: “there will always be one enemy soldier armed with a knife who is willing to give their life to continue the fight”. Unfortunately for evolutionists, post losing hundreds of debates at colleges, universities and other public places around the time of the 1970's, they are now like timid little bunnies who are afraid to publicly debate. We love challenging evolutionist blowhards who make comments on our blog to debates and watching them deflate and cowardly scamper away.
In addition, Richard Dawkins and the British Human Society ducked debating the Christian apologist William Lane Craig and this was reported in major news outlets and in the Christian and conservative press. Furthermore, the ex-atheist Richard Dawkins in a very public way declared himself an agnostic (which many people where not aware of) which was very embarrassing to the atheist community. Dawkins and his publisher seem to want to retain the label of atheist for Dawkins when he is peddling books, however. See: Is Richard Dawkins a flip-flopper?
As you can see, Carl von Clausewit's stressing of the importance of breaking the will of the opposition so their will to fight is removed has very limited applicability in the creation vs. evolution controversy. Unless of course, you think timid little bunnies need their will to fight diminished.
Also, Christopher Hitchens was an atheist sophist who had charisma. Post Hitchens dying the little esprit de corps is gone and now atheists are involved in intense bickering among themselves and trying to launch feeble gimics to repackage atheism and put a new face on atheism (Atheism+, etc.). It is pointless. The atheist Dr. Sam Harris said about the label of atheist, "It's right next to child molester as a designation."
Eric Kaufmann and attrition and immigration
The work of Professor Eric Kaufmann and the scholarship Gordon-Conwell Seminary is very instructive in terms of the battle of attrition between Christians and atheists, agnostics and those who are more secular minded.
In 2012, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS) reported that every day there are 800 less atheists per day, 1,100 less non-religious (agnostic) people per day and 83,000 more people professing to be Christians per day (see: Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - status of Global Mission report).
The Birkbeck College, University of London professor Eric Kaufmann using a multitude of demographic studies argues in an academic paper entitled Shall the Righteous Inherit the Earth? Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century the decline of atheism in terms of its global adherents is an established trend that will persist for the foreseeable future and the rate of decline will accelerate and affect the Western World. See: Why are the years 2012 and 2020 key years for Christian creationists and pro-lifers?
Michael Blume, a researcher at the University of Jena in Germany, wrote "Most societies or communities that have espoused atheistic beliefs have not survived more than a century." Blume also indicated concerning concerning his research on this matter: "What I found was the complete lack of a single case of a secular population, community or movement that would just manage to retain replacement level."
For more information, please see:
Comprehensive look at the decline of evolutionism, atheism and agnosticism and the rise of Christianity and creationism
Thomas Kuhn on attrition and scientific paradigms
A review of Thomas Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions declares about old paradigms dying out through attrition:
Kuhn argues that scientific “progress” is not linear. New theories and paradigms are not continuations of old ones but replace the old ones and are discontinuous and incommensurable with them. Criticism of earlier science must be made through the eyes of the contemporary. The new ones arise due to the bulk of evidence against the old becoming intolerable; they become paradigms as they become accepted by younger scientists and as the older ones die.The science community does not exist in a vacuum. Scientists are human beings who are affected by their culture and personal worldviews. It is no mistake that the Scientific Revolution occurred in Christianized Europe and that many of the founding fathers of modern science were Christians. And as per the factors of described in Kaufman's work and other factors, we believe that a secular culture is destined to die in the West.
Bible believing Christians being instrumental to collapsing Darwinism will involve a combination of working hard, working smart and through attrition due to demographic factors.
Question Evolution! Campaign resources and other resources:
Question Evolution! Campaign
15 questions for evolutionists
Responses to the 15 Questions: part 1 - Questions 1-3
Responses to the 15 Questions: part 2 - Questions 4–8
Responses to the 15 Questions: part 2 - Questions 9-15
15 Questions Evolutionists STILL can't answer!
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