I’m posting a video that you needn’t watch except for the first couple of minutes, and I do this just to make a record.
A while back I posted an interview with Ben Carson, a famous pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins who is also a Seventh Day Adventist and an undiluted ex nihilo creationist. Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia chose Carson as this year’s commencement speaker, and there was a petition by Emory students and faculty protesting Carson and his stupid views on evolution (and on the supposed immorality of nonbelievers). He was chosen anyway, of course, and the video below shows his commencement address. He avoided any real mention of creationism, of course, for that would have been a huge embarrassment to both him and—especially—Emory, though he did refer obliquely to his interview, saying the following starting at 3:07:
“Let me just at the outset say that I know that there was some controversy about my views on creation and somebody thought that I said that evolutionists are not ethical people. Of course I would never say such a thing and would never believe such a thing nor would anybody with any common sense; so, you know, that’s pretty ridiculous. But any rate, enough said about that.”
You needn’t watch beyond that; his talk is incredibly boring, tedious and trite. It winds up extolling Carson’s own prowess as a surgeon and referring, of all things, to the composition of the National Anthem—our flag was still there! It’s a model of how not to give a commencement address. I bet that Emory still regrets choosing him because of the stream of soothing pablum that issued from his mouth. (Look how bored everyone on the dais looks!)
At any rate, Dr. Carson was not 100% truthful in his disclaimer about the ethics of evolutionary biologists. Look what he did say in his interview:
Ultimately, if you accept the evolutionary theory, you dismiss ethics, you don’t have to abide by a set of moral codes, you determine your own conscience based on your own desires. You have no reason for things such as selfless love, when a father dives in to save his son from drowning. You can trash the Bible as irrelevant, just silly fables, since you believe that it does not conform to scientific thought. You can be like Lucifer, who said, “I will make myself like the Most High.”
Can you prove evolution? No. Can you prove creation? No. Can you use the intellect God has given you to decide whether something is logical or illogical? Yes, absolutely. It all comes down to “faith”–and I don’t have enough to believe in evolution. I’m too logical!
His disclaimer is verging on a lie, for he averred that there is no reason for those who accept evolution to be ethical, and argued that their behavior is based on their “own desires.” Are those “desires” always consonant with God’s will? I doubt that Carson thinks so. . .
Well, watch if you wish: it’s only marginally more interesting than watching paint dry.