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Oxymoron: “Evolutionary Thinking”

Eric Hovind February 18th, 2011

I have always gotten a kick out of oxymorons!  Webster defines oxymoron as “a combination of contradictory or incongruous words: something (as a concept) that is made up of contradictory or incongruous elements.”

Words or phrases such as:

  • Act naturally
  • Found missing
  • Resident alien
  • Advanced basic
  • Think out loud
  • Genuine imitation
  • Same difference
  • Vegetarian meatball
  • Almost exactly
  • We’re alone
  • Thank God I’m an atheist
  • Whole piece
  • Microsoft works

Ok, I know that last one will offend some of you that haven’t made the transition to Mac yet, but it is amazing how many things we say every day that don’t really make sense.

One oxymoron that I hear on a regular basis is “Evolutionary Thinking.” You might not get it at first, but that is an oxymoron! If evolution were true, then we are nothing more than matter in motion. Ideas and thoughts are not really ideas or thoughts at all, they are simply chemical reactions that occur in our brain. Therefore, we do not really think, we simply react. The very idea of thought itself is contrary to the concept of evolution, but is consistent with a Creator who wants to have a relationship with His creation. Without thought, we would be robots unable to give praise and glory of our own free will to our creator.