“…because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”
Does the belief in evolution adversely affect the medical and the social sciences? It sure does.
One example of evolution’s negative effect in helping people is a technique called patterning. Patterning is a common treatment for children with brain damage and language disorders. The theory behind patterning says that the human nervous system must develop by passing through all its earlier evolutionary stages before it works properly. As a result, children with these problems are put through a series of movement exercises that are supposed to mimic the evolutionary development of the nervous system. First the child crawls, then creeps, and finally is supposed to walk around like an ape. This is supposed to help the brain get organized by re-patterning its evolutionary development.
Does it work? There’s no reason for it to work if evolution never took place. In the early 1980s, American pediatricians did an in-depth study of patterning. They said that they could find no evidence that patterning helps the child at all. They also warned that patterning could even be harmful to children because the program places great demands on the children and their families. It can create unnecessary stress in families and lead to neglect.
Scripture tells us that those who reject the Creator sink into ever deeper levels of ignorance, all the while claiming that they are wise. Here’s an example of where modern science has illustrated this biblical truth.
I thank You, dear Father, for the light of Your Truth in Your Word. Deliver me from ungratefulness and ignorance, and help me to show forth the excellence of Your truth. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
W. Herbert. 1982. “Treatment for Brain Damage Under Fire.” Science News, Dec. 4, p. 357. Illustration: Two areas of the brain involved in Broca’s aphasia, one of many language disorders.