Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Scientists are concerned that 1 in 4 mammals faces extinction. "Our results paint a bleak picture of the global status of mammals worldwide," is what a conservationist team has concluded, as noted in a recent article.
"We estimate that one in four species is threatened with extinction and that the population of one in two is declining," the report explains.
So what? Given the predominant worldview of naturalism in science -- that the material universe is all that exists -- does the extinction of some mammals matter? Combined with the predominant scientific view that some day our world and the universe will be gone, why is extinction a big deal? Why should we care about it?
If we are the random products of undirected chance and time, who cares? Given this framework for a worldview, there is no reason to care about anything or do anything purposeful.
My point here is not to state that we shouldn't care, but that the naturalistic worldview has no basis for caring about matters of extinction. There is simply no viable foundation for such moral sentiments.
Even when the experts cited in the article appeal to "what kind of world do you want to leave for your children," the naturalistic position on conservation is weak if not completely crippled.
I am not saying that all those involved in this study are naturalists. Some may be pantheists (another worldview without a foundation for conservationism), theists, Christian theists, etc.
My point is that as the dominant worldview in the sciences, naturalism offers nothing logically positive in response to the challenges the world faces. It is empty. But naturalists will appeal to emotion, appeal to arguments, and appeal to ethics in order to help the world and save some mammals from extinction. To do so they must compromise the fundamentals of their worldview and borrow concepts from other worldviews such as Christianity.
Christianity offers a real foundation for conservationism, while naturalism does not. Psalm 24:1 reads, "The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it ..."