December 20 - Daily Thoughts from St. Theophan, One of Russia's Favorite 19th Century Writers

Darwin’s theory of the origin of species is a delusion, like the prattle of a dreamer dwelling in the world of shadows…

Originally appeared at: Global Orthodox

Editor's Note: Saint Theophan the Recluse (1815-1894) was one of the most prolific and beloved spiritual writers of 19th-century Russia. His works comprise over twenty volumes. Although he lived the last twenty-eight years of his life as a hermit, his impact on his homeland was immense. His articles appeared in the popular spiritual journals of his time, his books were in great demand, and he personally replied to an average of thirty letters daily. We will be publishing excerpts from Thoughts for Each Day of the Year (Amazon). In it, St. Theophan takes us through the yearly cycle of Gospel and Epistle readings, humbly and reverently offering us brief but powerful daily meditations on the word of God. He also addresses the problems of his day: lack of faith, coldness of heart, trust in the rational mind rather than in the revealed Truth of God - which are problems of our day as well.


Friday, 18th week after Pentecost
Epistle reading: Ephesians 6:18-24
Gospel reading: Luke 7:31-35

Confronting Opponents

The Sadducees raised an objection against the idea of the resurrection and thought of it as insurmountable, but the Lord solved the problem in a few words, clearly and plainly, making everyone understand and agree that the Sadducees were defeated by the power of His word  [Luke 20:27-40].  

What used to be the Sadducees, now have turned into all sorts of faithless eggheads. Having conjured up a heap of fictitious assumptions and elevated them to the rank of fundamental truths, they are very proud of themselves, confident that no one can possibly argue against them. In fact, though, these hollow fabrications are not supposed to be argued against: they are pure ideology rather than science. From a truly scientific standpoint they are like a house of cards: a slight whiff is enough to blow them apart.

There is no need to confront particular elements of those godless designs. In general, they are as baseless and arbitrary as dreams. When you speak of a dream, you wouldn’t get into much detail. You’d rather make sure that it is indeed a dream, and that’s the end of the story. Such, for instance, is the much-celebrated “theory” which pretends to explain the origin of the universe from some foggy clouds of matter, another “theory” of spontaneous development of living creatures from “primordial soup”, and of course Darwin’s theory of the origin of animal species and the human race through natural selection.

Even to a layman they look like delusion, like the prattle of a dreamer dwelling in the world of shadows… Still the eggheads firmly stick to that baloney. There is no way to help them, as long as their motto remains, “Don’t get me confused with the facts!”

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