Christopher Hitchens, speaking of the beliefs of the American people on an interview with Bill Maher said, “They tell the pollsters they believe in Satan more than they believe in Darwin’s theory of evolution, but they don’t know anything about either, and when they go to the hospital, they act as if they think Darwin is probably more likely to be right.”
The implication of that statement is that medical advancements were a result of the work of Darwin.
This is revisionist history!
Some of the greatest advancements in medicine came as a result of the work of scientists who were trying specifically to disprove spontaneous generation (abiogenesis)—the Aristotelian belief that certain forms of life sprung forth from non-living matter.
Redi, Leeuwenhoek, Pasteur, Lister, and Snow, to name a few, all made great scientific advances merely because they rejected the belief that non-living matter could produce life.
For example, the experiments of Francesco Redi proved that maggots didn’t spring forth from rotten, decaying meat; they came from eggs that were laid on the rotten, decaying meat.
A Calvinist, Antony van Leeuwenhoek, the father of microbiology, developed microscopes which were able to reveal the existence of bacteria, explaining how life could come from life, even though the naked eye couldn’t see it.
Louis Pasteur then performed a series of experiments to prove that bacteria don’t spontaneously appear in a sterile environment. They come from an outer source. His simple “swan-necked” bottles showed again that life only produces life. He believed that his experiment struck a “mortal blow” to the “doctrine of spontaneous generation.”
As a result of his work, humanity has been blessed with germ-free food through the process which has come to be known as “pasteurization.” Pasteur, who also discovered a cure for rabies, wasn’t an atheist. He was a creationist who claimed, “The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator.”
Joseph Lister also made medical advancements in surgical sterilization based on the rejection of the concept of spontaneous generation. His use of carbolic acid (which kills bacteria without being too harsh on the skin) in combination with covering wounds with sterile bandages has saved countless lives. Lister wasn’t an atheist either; he was a Christian of the worst sort. He claimed to be “a believer in the fundamental doctrines of Christianity.”
Germ theory, the foundation for modern medicine, is also based on the creationist principle that life comes from life and isn’t spontaneously generated. Canned food is also based on this concept.
And yet, Darwin tried to take us right back to the concept of spontaneous generation. Writing in a letter to Joseph Dalton Hooker, he suggested that life may have begun in a “warm little pond, with all sorts of ammonia and phosphoric salts, lights, heat, electricity, etc . . . present so that a protein compound was chemically formed ready to undergo still more complex changes.” This primordial soup theory hasn’t been able to be replicated in a laboratory even though there have been numerous attempts—all of which have failed.
Whether or not spontaneous generation could have occurred as a one-time event, it’s clear that discrediting it as a daily event has led to great lifesaving medical advances, yet Hitchens still attempts to claim that Darwinism is the foundation of modern medicine. How does he get away with it?