Evolution (Way of the Master)

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Evolution is the title of the eighth episode from season two of Way of the Master.

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Episode Synopsis

In the opening scene, shot in black-and-white, Kirk is meant to resemble Rod Serling and delivers a modified version of Serling's traditional Twilight Zone introduction:

"You've traveled to another dimension, a dimension not only of contradiction and speculation but also one that defies logic and is based on blind faith. A journey into a nebulous land who's limits are that of imagination. You've just crossed over into, The Evolution Zone."

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Episode Walkthrough

Introduction

(0:53 - 2:21)

  • Kirk, "What you're about to see, was not planned. There was no script, there were no writers, there were no cameras, no production crew, no lighting, no graphic artists and no editors. The entire program 'just happened' ... there was a big bang in our production studio...and here we are."
  • Ray, "Could you believe that? Of course you couldn't. No one in their right mind could. And yet many evolutionists would have us believe that, in the name of science."

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  • Ray, "There was no creator. No space, no energy, no matter, there was nothing. And then there was this big bang and out came the sea and the land...the birds and flowers and trees and elephants and giraffes and horses and cats and dogs and, of course man and woman...and this took countless millions of years."

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  • Ray, "We're now gonna look closely at some of the believers of the theory of evolution and we want you to listen very closely to the type of language they use. True believers use, what we call, the language of speculation. They'll start off sounding like an expert, but because there's such a lack of factual evidence for the theory, they're forced to use words like, "we surmise", "we believe", "perhaps", "maybe", "could've" and "possibly." And then they'll end up saying things like, well, "I really don't know", "I'm not an expert." So watch for these phrases and these words."

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Street Interviews

(2:22 - 6:52)

  • Ray asks several individuals, "Do you believe man evolved from apes?"

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  • Ray asks a young girl to be more specific about the evidence which supports evolutionary theory. She gives a brief explanation which begins with the formation of the earth and quickly mentions that single-cell organisms eventually developed and, over time, evolved into humans.
  • Ray asks a young man, "How did it begin?. His response is, "I don't know. Probably the big bang theory."

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  • Ray's response is, "What caused the big bang?"

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  • Ray asks a girl about life emerging from the oceans, "When they came out, what came out of the ocean?" She responds, "I don't know, you tell me."

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Other questions asked:

  • "Cause I'm trying to think...here is this sort of animal who's coming out of the ocean without lungs, so he comes out with gills, goes [gasping noises] runs back to water and just keeps coming out until lungs develop?"

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  • "This animal that came out, without lungs, and breathed and went back in, was he male or female?"
  • "He could have been alone? How did he reproduce?"

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The interview segment concludes with the question, "Do you think God had anything to do with this?". The response is, That's an area I've never explored but it's hard not to believe that, sometimes." Template:Comment-box

Episode 21 - Evolution

Missing Evidence

(6:53 - 8:55)

  • Kirk, "Ok, here's a simple lesson on evolution. The theory of evolution basically teaches that every living creature, like you and me, evolved from a single cell, billions of years ago.So that means that every animal supposedly transformed into another kind of animal, over time."

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  • Kirk, "Now, the big problem evolutionists have is that they're finding a huge gap in the fossil record. In other words, when archaeologists dig up the bones of these dead animals, they don't find these transitional forms that helped one animal transform into another animal. And if you don't have those bones, you can't prove evolution ever happened."

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  • Kirk, "That's what they're calling, 'The Missing Link' and there's not just one, there would have to be thousands and thousands of those transitional forms. The truth is, they're not missing at all, they never existed in the first place."

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  • Kirk, "Now, maybe you're asking 'what about the proof?' I mean, what about those science teachers that showed us those drawings of apes, all hunched over and then eventually straightening themselves up and becoming very 'man-like'? Well, remember, those are just drawings, that's not proof."

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  • Kirk, ""The real proof is in what we can find in the fossil record. The bones that we dig up. And that's what's missing, the actual proof."

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  • Kirk, "In reality, this is what scientists actually have: [cut to Kirk and a chimp standing against a wall] Me..and the monkey. Apes and humans. The supposed transitional forms are what are known as the 'missing links'. But the truth is, there is no missing link. There's nothing to link apes to humans. The 'supposed' transitional forms simply don't exist...except in the imagination of evolutionists who want to justify their theory."

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Ancient hominids and hoaxes

(8:56 - 9:45)

Kirk provides four examples for us to consider...

  • Lucy - (Australopithecus afarensis)
    • Kirk's claim: "...nearly all experts agree that Lucy was just the skeleton of a 3-foot-tall chimpanzee"

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  • Nebraska man
    • Kirk's claim: "...they created an entire skeleton with arms, legs, feet, hands, even facial features when all they really had was one tooth which, later, was found to be the tooth of an extinct pig."

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  • Piltdown man
    • Kirk's claim: "...the jawbone turned out to belong to a modern ape."

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  • Neanderthal man - (Homo sapiens neanderthalensis)
    • Kirk's claim: " ...who's famous skeleton, found in France over 50 years ago, was that of an old man who suffered from arthritis."

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Misrepresenting Gould

(9:46 - 10:04)

Ray invites us to "listen to what the famous Harvard evolutionary biologist, Stephen Jay Gould said about the fossil record..."

"The extreme rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of palientology..."

— Stephen Jay Gould (as it appears in episode 21 of Way of the Master)

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Common Blueprints

(10:05 - 12:04)

  • Kirk, "Have you ever been mystified as to why human beings and apes have so many similar features? After all, compare our hands to the hands of apes - they're very similar - and our feet are a lot the same. In fact, we can make many of the same facial expressions and other things that apes can do to prove this point we hired an orangutan for the day and had some fun. Check this out..." [cut to a vignette of Kirk and the orangutan making similar facial expressions]

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  • Kirk, "Does this prove that men evolved from apes? No, not at all."

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  • Kirk, "Think of it like this; think of the bi-plane and the 747 jumbo jet. They're both very similar. After all, they both have wings, they both have landing gear, cockpits...does that mean that the jet evolved from the little bi-plane? Not at all...it just means they have a common designer. The designer used a similar blueprint for each one."

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  • Kirk, "It's the same with us. God, the creator of the world and the universe, is our common designer. He simply used a similar blueprint when creating the hands and feet and facial expressions of men and apes."

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Lunch with an orangutan

(12:05 - 17:00)

  • Ray, "Despite the fact that there is no evidence when it comes to the theory of evolution, we're continually told that primates are our relatives. So we decided, we'd have a little fun and call a number of airlines and ask if we could have a 'relative' fly on the plane with us."

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  • Ray, talking to various airlines, "I'm flying with a friend, um, and I'd like to take a relative with us. He works in the movie industry so he'll have two managers with him and the reason for the managers is he's a little slow intellectually and he's also got physical problems with underdeveloped feet. He can't stand upright. Uh, his name is Bam Bam, he's actually an orangutan and what we want to do is take him on the flight, with two managers, is it possible to do that?"
  • Airline representative, '"No sir, we can't transport animals..."

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  • Ray, "Despite the fact that airlines won't allow primates on planes, for obvious reasons, there are some scientists who'd have us believe that primates are just about as intelligent as human beings."

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  • Ray, "So Kirk and I took an orangutan to lunch to see if it [claims of ape intelligence] was true."

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  • Ray, "The incident reinforced the fact that the primate is limited when it comes to the unique ability, the human ability, to reason, to invent, to appreciate the sound of music."

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  • Ray, "You see you don't get orangutans forming themselves into an orchestra. You don't get them forming themselves into a court system to mete out justice to its fellow creatures. This isn't because he's a prehistoric man who's less evolved than us, but it's because he's another species."

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Discrediting Darwin

(17:00 - 18:17)

  • Kirk, "The revered father of evolution, the man who really made the theory popular is Charles Darwin. He wrote Origin of Species and the Descent of Man. Ladies, listen to what he had to say about women.."
"The chief distinction in the intellectual powers of the two sexes is shown by man attaining to a higher eminence in whatever he takes up than woman can attain; whether requiring deep thought, reason or imagination, or merely the use of the senses and hands."
  • Kirk, "Did you hear that?! He's saying that man has evolved to a higher eminence over women in, basically, anything he decides to do. Whether it requires reason, imagination or deep thought. Darwinian evolution, at its core is not only male chauvinistic but it's also very racist. Charles Darwin wants us to believe that black people are less evolved than whites."

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Expert testimony

(18:18 - 19:10) Ray, "If we can't convince you of how unscientific the theory of evolution is, perhaps these following experts can.."

  • Ernst Chain (1906-1979), Nobel prize winner in medicine said, in reference to the theory of evolution, "I would rather believe in fairies than in such wild speculation."

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  • Sir Arthur Keith (1866-1955) Physical anthropologist who "wrote the forward to Darwin's Origin of the Species, 100th anniversary edition" said, "Evolution is unproved and unprovable. We believe it only because the only alternative is special creation, and that is unthinkable."

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  • Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-2003) British journalist and philosopher said, "I myself am convinced that the theory of evolution, especially the extent to which it's been applied, will be on of the great jokes in history books in the future"

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Rejection of the Bible

(19:11 - 19:20)

  • Kirk, "A wise man once said, man will believe anything as long as it's not in the Bible."

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Street Interviews 2

(19:22 - 21:29)

Ray's and his crew head back out into the streets to ask lay people (and one PhD biologist) questions about evolution..

Transitional Fossils

  • Question (apparently asked of a lay person): "Can you give me any example of a transitional form, going from one kind of animal to another kind?"
  • Response: "I can't think of anything right off the moment."

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Creator vs. Nature

  • Ray, "The parrot that's on your arm, God created. How could any, how could science make a parrot?"
  • Man with parrot, "Science? Nature made it."
  • Ray, "Nature made itself?"

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  • Man with parrot, "Yes, absolutely..."
  • Ray, "So it made the parrot..."
  • Man with parrot, "...evolution."
  • Ray, "So, evolution made it?"
  • Man with parrot, "Mm hmm"
  • Ray, "So you don't believe God created things?"
  • Man with parrot, "Well, I don't know what you're referring to as God."

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  • Ray, "The Creator."
  • Man with parrot, "To me, evolution, nature, is God"

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What convinced you evolution was right?

  • Ray, "When it comes to evolution, what was the scientific fact that convinced you that it was right?"
  • Young woman, "Um, I would say, how it all got started, like...explaining how we have elements that were brought to Earth by, you know, like, let's say, meteorites, or whatever. That it all got started in the ocean and um, organisms grew and, you know, people evolved from there.."
  • Ray, "Do you believe in the Bible?"
  • Young woman, "Uh, yes I do."
  • Ray, "Do you believe in Adam and Eve?"
  • Young woman, laughing, "Yes I do."

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  • Ray, '"Did Adam used to be an ape?"

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  • Young woman, "No."
  • Ray, "Did he crawl up out of slime?"
  • Young woman, laughing, "No."
  • Ray, "So which are you gonna go? Did God create man in his own image and tell him to bring forth after his own kind, or did he begin as some slime from a meteorite from outer space?"
  • Young woman laughs, uncomfortably. Her response isn't shown.

A real expert

Ray begins to question a young man as text on the bottom of the screen informs us that he is an evolutionary biologist with a PhD in Biology..

  • Biologist, "Non-random changes come about as a result of selection. Ok?"
  • Ray, "Who's doing the selecting?"
  • Biologist, "Selecting is being done by the ecosystem..."
  • Ray, interrupting, "And where did this come from?"
  • Biologist, "...it's being done by predators..."
  • Ray, interrupting, "Where did it come from?"
  • Biologist, "...it's being done by geological processes. Well here..." [acknowledges Ray's interruption] "This is the big question, this is where atheists and theists both have a problem, ok? And I'm going to admit to it, ok? The problem we have is at the beginning."

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Turn off your brain

(21:30 - 23:04)

  • Kirk, "Here's a very interesting fact; in the last couple of dozen times that I've witnessed to someone, I can honestly say that the subject of evolution has not come up, even once. Why? Because I didn't bring it up. I didn't have to. And it doesn't come up on its own because it's often a non-issue."

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  • Kirk, "When you learn how to speak to a person's conscience, and circumnavigate the intellect, the subject of evolution seems to disappear."

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  • Ray, "Now this is real good news for people like me. It means I don't have to become an expert in the 'fossil record'. And it also means I don't have to learn words like 'Rhinorhondothackasaurus'."

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  • Kirk, "Now, are we trying to be anti-intellectual or avoid talking about the subject of evolution? Of course not."

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Buy the book

  • Kirk, "That's why we have The Evidence Bible. And this is packed full of teaching on the subject and includes quotes from teachings from Charles Darwin, Stephen Jay Gould and William Huxley."

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  • Kirk, "And it will show you that the theory of evolution is unscientific, that it's based on blind faith; so that you don't need to panic and upset yourself every time you read in the newspaper or see something on the news that talks about man evolving from apes."

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  • Kirk, "You can have confidence in God's word that we are made in God's image. And true science, even our common sense, supports the Bible and not the theory of evolution."

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The Purpose of the Church

(23:05 - 25:19)

  • Ray, "Let's look at the church and ask, 'what is the purpose of the church on Earth?' Well, we're here primarily to glorify God and to lead lost sinners to the savior. We know, there's gonna be a day of judgment and we have to present every man and every woman perfect before a perfect God and a perfect law they must face on Judgment Day. We want them to 'put on' the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved from the wrath that's to come."

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Put on Your Parachute

  • Kirk, "Let's look at an analogy that's going to make a very important point. Let's say, you're on an airplane and you're trying to convince another passenger to put on a parachute because you know at any moment he's gonna have to jump 25,000 feet out of the plane. You have two lines of reasoning. The first is; you try to convince him that the plane was made by Boeing. Now, this is important because it will give credibility to the emergency card which will tell him about the parachute. So, you point out the fact that the maker's name is written all over the plane. He doesn't buy it, he thinks the plane happened by accident. Then, you tell him that it's a relatively new plane. He thinks it's an old plane. You say you have proof, so does he...and as long as you disagree, he ignores the emergency card and you find yourself in a frustrating and perilous situation."
  • Ray, "The second line of reasoning is much easier. All you do is you tell him about the law of gravity and you say what it will do to him if he jumps. 25,000 feet on his frail body. His eyes widen with fear and he says, 'Hey, would you pass me that emergency card, thing...I want to check it out?'"

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  • Ray, "Now, you and I want to convince sinners to put on the Lord Jesus Christ. We can talk to them about God and his existence, we can talk to them about the age of the earth and how old it is our how young it is and this leads to all sorts of discussions which often end in arguments. Or, we can tell them about the jump - that he has to pass through the door of death, and face a holy God and a holy law, whether he believes in God or not, on the day of judgment. We show him the Ten Commandments, stir the conscience and bring the knowledge of sin. He realizes his danger and sees his need to put on the Lord Jesus Christ."

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The Atheist Test

(25:20 - 27:08)

A short interview is shown, featuring a teenager from a previous episode and demonstrates the 'atheist test', in action.

Closing Comments

(27:09 - ) Kirk encourages those who are looking for more information on evolution and evangelism to visit their website, purchase their 'Evidence Bible', their 'Way of the Master' book, their 'Foundation course' which many churches are using to "train up" their people. Template:Comment-box

External Links

The Way of the Master
Season One Episodes:

1. The Firefighter   2. The Mirror of the Ten Commandments   3. The Motive of the Sinner   4. The Summary of Salvation   5. Practice What You Preach   6. Idolatry—The Darling Sin of Humanity   7. The Beauty of a Broken Spirit—Atheism   8. WDJD?   9. Blasphemy, Sabbath, Parents   10. Murder   11. Adultery   12. Theft   13. Lie and Covet

Season Two Episodes:

1. God's Wonderful Plan   2. Conscience   3. Alcatraz, Al Capone, Alcohol   4. True and False Conversion   5. When Things Go Wrong   6. The Satanic Influence   7. How to Witness to Someone Who's Homosexual/Gay   8. Evolution   9. How to Witness to a Loved One   10. The Fear of God   11. Ice Breakers—Gospel Tracts   12. The Greatest Gamble  13. How to Get on Fire for God

Season Three Episodes:

1. Islam   2. Mormonism   3. Witchcraft   4. Buddhism   5. Roman Catholicism   6. What Hollywood Believes   7. New Age   8. Humanism   9. What America Believes   10. Jehovah's Witness   11. Judaism   12. Spiritual Battle   13. Hinduism

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