Sarfati said he believes the reason most of mainstream society has adopted evolution as fact is because they are given no viable alternative in the public education system. It is the theory that is approved for school curriculums, and it is thus the view that is overwhelmingly supported by mainstream media.
For example, in Canada, Dawkins has appeared on several programs — including the Current, the Hour, and even the CBC’s religion/spirituality program, Tapestry; creationists have not been given an equal opportunity to respond. “The media is overwhelmingly liberal,” said Sarfati. He went on to state that very few of the people who support evolution go to church.
He felt the need to specifically refute Dawkins, because of his notoriety as the world’s leading Darwinist and one of the key proponents of a militant new form of atheism. At a conference in Melbourne, Sarfati invited Dawkins to join him in a debate. Dawkins, however, declined.
According to Sarfati, people need to hear the truth of biblical accounts. “Along the way, we abandoned Genesis as real history.” He hastened to add that, although he does believe Genesis is a true account of the world’s creation, he said that “literal” was not quite the right word to use. But he maintained that it was written in a style which the original readers of Hebrew would have interpreted as real history.
While many creationists have not been able to accept the evolutionist concept of natural selection, Sarfati believes this theory fits with God’s plan. “Creationists have worked out natural selection,” he said. Sarfati likened natural selection to the process of a “sculptor sculpting” — as opposed to something evolving on its own.
Regarding the origin of the human race, Sarfati said he believes “Adam was a special creation — and from him Eve” was made from dust — but filled with the breath of life from God. Salvation, he contended, is linked to the historical reality of the first couple. “Luke 3 traces the ancestry of Jesus directly back to Adam,” he said.
Dawkins is on record as a scornful opponent of organized religion. In his 1997 essay, ‘Is Science a Religion?’ he presented the view that parents who teach their children about religion are inflicting “mental child abuse” upon them.
Sarfati’s response to this comment was equally blunt: “It shows the inflamatory and paranoid language that atheists use.” He also stated that the use of such irresponsible rhetoric undermines the seriousness of actual mental child abuse.
“In North America, evolutionists bamboozle [people] in the science,” said Sarfati. “Atheism has prospered by stealth, by making God irrelevant for the real world.” He said he sees his job as encouraging others to challenge evolution, and demonstrating how biblical assumptions are necessary in understanding the history of the world. He cited archaeology as one effective means, maintaining that there is a lot of archaeological evidence to support what the Bible says.
In addition to his latest book, Sarfati battles the ‘evolution establishment’ as an editorial consultant for Creation Magazine, a quarterly publication with a wide variety of articles featuring scientists who do believe in biblical facts.