Designed To Inspire!

Proverbs 6:6
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.

One of the quirkier habits of hard-core materialists is to attribute to mindless creatures a sort of temporary godlike creativity.  In evolutionary scenarios, we are frequently told that such-and-such an environmental challenge arose “and so” various creatures developed tusks, or gills, or whatever it was — as though it was the result of a burst of ingenuity and not the dumb luck the materialist insists rules evolution.  Speaking of creatures this way is not terribly different from speaking in the way today’s verse speaks of the ant.  Strictly speaking, ants are dumb as rocks.  They are not “industrious” in the way a human being is.  They don’t get up in the morning, bursting with enthusiasm to go out and take on the day, eager to make their mark on antdom.  They choose nothing, decide nothing, hope for nothing.  They’re ants after all.  But their Maker has invested them with a certain amount of His energy so that we might see in them something to imitate, just as He has invested other life with a certain amount of His creativity to manifest the ingenuity of the Creator.  So if Proverbs and the materialist both speak of living things as though they are clever when they aren’t, what’s the difference between them?  Well, just as we don’t compliment our stereo system for its compositional abilities when it plays Beethoven’s Ninth, so the author of Proverbs doesn’t credit the ant for the lessons he teaches.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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  • momof11

    Great food for thought! I never considered that materialistic view of evolution before, but it sure doesn’t make sense without God behind the evolution does it?