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There is a God.

He has a Book.



(posted: November 2012)

* All scripture references are from the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible, unless otherwise noted.

Charles Darwin’s world changing book, The Origin of Species, was first published in November of 1859. The book itself and its influence have probably turned more people away from God than any other book in history, making 1859 a very prominent year of record in the life of Charles Darwin. Over the past 150 years, the two men who have done the most to advance Mr. Darwin’s theory of natural selection (evolution) have been Thomas Huxley, Darwin’s contemporary, and Richard Dawkins’. Darwin’s modern day evangelist. Thomas Huxley was popularly known as Darwin’s Bulldog 1 and Richard Dawkins has been famously called Darwin’s Rottweiler. 1 Interestingly, Darwin, his book, his two attack dogs and their fate are all linked together in chapter 59 (1859) of Psalms. As in every other example on this website, this chapter was selected by following the very simple pattern formulas that never changed. They work the same way every time. Think of this phenomenon of divine design as the immutable “law of patterns.”

Beginning with the first two verses of chapter 59, the believer is under attack, and his faith, relative to 1859, appears to be teetering.

  1. Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; defend me from those who rise up against me.
  2. Deliver me from the workers of iniquity ...
                                                                                                Psalms 59:1, 2

In the next three verses, the workers of iniquity are stalking their prey, which in Darwin’s, Huxley’s, and Dawkins’ case, is the Christian believer. But God will awaken to punish all transgressors, including these three stalwarts of evolutionary theory.

  1. For look, they lie in wait for my life; the mighty gather against me ...
  2. They run and prepare themselves through no fault of mine. Awake to help me, and behold!
  3. ... do not be merciful to any wicked transgressors.
                                                                                                Psalms 59:3-5

Most of the rest of chapter 59 deals with the identity of the transgressors, spanning 150 years, and their fate. Darwin’s first attack dog, his Pit Bull (Bulldog), Thomas Huxley, is identified by the growling dog in the next verse.

  1. At evening they return, they growl like a dog, and go all around the city.
                                                                                                Psalms 59:6

Verse 7 describes an atheist with stomach problems. Charles Darwin’s loss of faith and frequent bouts of vomiting, colic, and bloating from intestinal gas have been well documented.

  1. Indeed, they belch with their mouth; Swords are in their lips; for they say, “Who hears?”
                                                                                                Psalms 59:7

But God will have the last laugh, as here in chapter 59 He uses the lives and works of atheists to authenticate His word. Ironic, isn’t it.

  1. But You, O Lord, shall laugh at them ...
                                                                                                Psalms 59:8

Few men have displayed more pride and hubris than Darwin, Huxley, and Dawkins have. Darwin implied that his theory of natural selection had, in effect, murdered God; it had rendered Him unnecessary. Huxley and Dawkins wholeheartedly agreed, and each set off to evangelize his generation as to the merits of evolution and the foolishness of religion. But God is watching you, my “nature-made” friends. Your future looks a little cloudy in the next two verses.

  1. For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips, let them be taken in their pride, and for the cursing and lying which they speak.
  2. Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be; and let them know that God rules in Jacob to the ends of the earth.
                                                                                                Psalms 59:12, 13

Yes, Charles Darwin traveled to the ends of the earth on the 2nd voyage of the Beagle (again two dogs, Beagles in this case) in pursuit of the natural history of the world. Unfortunately for him, and those who followed, he reached the wrong conclusions. He determined that the world and all its creatures do just fine on their own; no need for a God of any kind.

Richard Dawkins, Darwin’s Rottweiler 1, currently reigns as the pre-eminent atheist and evolutionary pugilist of our day. If possible, he is even more fearsome than Huxley was in Darwin’s day. Dawkins debating tactics have been described as “ferocious, scorched earth, fierce, far too fierce, ruthless, pitiless, relentless, and so on.” 1 The Psalmist might conclude that he and Huxley both had swords in their lips (V.7). Richard Dawkins is Charles Darwin’s second attack dog and “evolutions fiercest champion,” 1 and is identified in the next two verses.

  1. And at evening they return, they growl like a dog, and go all around the city.
  2. They wander up and down for food and howl if they are not satisfied.
                                                                                                Psalms 59:14, 15

So even though Charles Darwin may have effectively murdered God, at least in his own mind, and rendered God’s book irrelevant, it seems that Darwin, Darwin’s book, Darwin’s chief protagonists, and their fate are all found in God’s book. And they are not found just anywhere in God’s book, they are found in the chapter of Psalms most closely linked to the year that The Origin of the Species was first published (1859). Perhaps it is God who has rendered Mr. Darwin’s book irrelevant.

What is your take on all this Mr. Dawkins? Why does your likeness appear in chapter 59 of Psalms, along with those of Darwin and Huxley? What does your superior reasoning and infallible logic tell you? You are in other chapters, too, you know.

In future articles, much more light will be thrown on Charles Darwin, Thomas Huxley, and Richard Dawkins. Even the life and work of atheists are framed by the word of God so that each still bears the indelible stamp of his Creator. There is a grandeur in this view of life, men, having been created in the image of God, our Father. 2





  1. Darwin’s Rottweiler; subtitled Sir Richard Dawkins: Evolutions Fiercest Champion, Far Too Fierce; Discover, September 2005
  2. Phrasing courtesy of Charles Darwin


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