Response to the Columbus Dispatch Article Titled:
"Bridge the evolution-creation gap"
Dispatch article by Andrew J. Oldenquist (a professor emeritus of philosophy at Ohio State University)
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Response from Paul G. McDorman, President of Creation Research, Science Education Foundation (CRSEF) - (in Columbus, OH) Letter to the editor from Robert Brokaw (Published in the Columbus Dispatch 1/7/2000) Biology textbooks worldview development THE NEW STATE RELIGION: ATHEISM
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The theory of evolution and religion are easily reconciled:
The theory of evolution and the Biblical account of creation by God are so contradictory that only a highly "creative" interpretation of the Bible could begin to harmonize them. See Summary of the Differences between Creation and Evolution for several examples of this. A lot of evolutionists who know very little about the Bible, and even less about how to approach interpreting it (hermeneutics), are fond of saying things like what Mr. Oldenquist said above. One should understand that most of the leading evolutionists are atheists or agnostics, so they are hardly qualified to speak on what the Bible has to say on this or any matter. It is also important not to forget that whenever we venture into a discussion of any issue that concerns God's Word, that were are not engaged in merely an intellectual exercise. There are external spiritual influences also at work. For believers, the Holy Spirit dwelling within them leads them to understanding and therefore believing in the truths of the Bible. For non-believers, they are not only blinded to these truths by their own unwillingness to submit to God's authority and repent of their sins, but a) Satan is hard at work trying to deceive them (2 Corinthians 4:3-4) and b) God himself may intentionally be hardening their hearts even further to make an example of them (Romans 9:14-23). To ignore these spiritual influences in this debate could ultimately lead to committing spiritual suicide.
However, I'd be surprised if even 15 percent of Americans take Genesis literally, and certainly only a tiny proportion of Jews, other non-Christians, Catholics, Methodists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians and most other Protestant denominations.
The results of 50 surveys would seem to suggest that the numbers of those who believe in the Biblical account are much higher. They also provide strong evidence that a vast majority of Americans want creationism to be made available in the public schools for those who wish to study it. Given the fact that evolution, atheism and humanism have been the official state religions for a couple decades now, it's amazing the number of people who still believe in creationism is as high as it is. The false religion of evolution has indeed poisoned many churches today, this in spite of the fact that God gave us specific warnings about it becoming a popular, but false belief. But this is somewhat understandable given the fact that most students today are fed a steady dose of evolutionary doctrine, while being given little or no opportunity to hear the opposing views about it. The condition that exists for students in public school today is essentially state sponsored brainwashing of children with the dogmatic teaching of atheistic evolution as if it's a fact, not just a scientific theory. The number of people abandoning evolution would likely skyrocket if the public schools had the courage, and ethics to make books like Refuting Evolution, and videos like A Question of Origins Creation or Evolution available to students.
That 15 percent has driven evolution out of many textbooks
Where is the proof of this? People we've spoken to who are very up-to-date on what's going on with textbooks suggest that overall, just the opposite is occurring. One also has to wonder why Mr. Oldenquist failed to mention that highly misleading illustrations, and obsolete scientific information that even evolutionists don't believe in any more (i.e. Stanley Miller's experiments) still exist in many of these textbooks today.
and persuaded Kansas and Illinois to make teaching evolution optional in public schools.
This may be a mischaracterization of what the Kansas school board actually decided. See Ken Ham's letter concerning the Kansas school board decision for a more accurate perspective on this.
Saying that evolution is controversial within mainstream science and that scientific evidence supports creationism is pure monkey business. Except for a tiny handful of fundamentalists, no scientists doubt evolution.
Again, look at the results of 50 surveys. Mr. Oldenquist is quite mistaken about this. And the scientific community is not as unified on evolution as he would like for us to believe. Evolutionists and their co-conspirators in the liberal news media would prefer that you not see letters like this: Smithsonian Institution speaks out against dinosaur-to-bird hypothesis. The Columbus Dispatch knew about this particular letter, but to-date has not shared it with the public. Why?
This past fall, Harvard scientist Stephen J. Gould lectured for the Columbus' Crickton Club. He wondered why the United States is the only country where "creationists" wield enough political power to challenge the teaching of evolution in public schools, and where something called creation science managed to evolve. Gould said this has to do with American religious freedom and the absence of an established state church. I would add to this the readiness of many Americans to reject the authority of elite's about almost anything.
We thought you might find these additional quotes from Mr. Gould to be somewhat interesting:
"The extreme rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology. The evolutionary trees that adorn our textbooks have data only at the tips and nodes of their branches; the rest is inference, however reasonable, not the evidence of fossils." (1)
"Paleontologists have paid an exorbitant price for Darwins argument. We fancy ourselves as the only true students of lifes history, yet to preserve our favored account of evolution by natural selection we view our data as so bad that we never see the very process we profess to study." (1)
"But our ways of learning about the world are strongly influenced by the social preconceptions and biased modes of thinking that each scientist must apply to any problem. The stereotype of a fully rational and objective scientific method, with individual scientists as logical (and interchangeable) robots, is self-serving mythology." (2)
"Like Kamin, I am, myself rather more harsh in my view. Scientists, like others, sometimes tell deliberate lies because they believe that small lies can serve big truths." (3)
The honest and honorable position for biblical literalists is simply to assert their faith: "This is what I believe." It is not to invent fake science such as "creation science," and claim, without any real knowledge of evolutionary biology, that the evidence is against evolution.
Many of the biologists who are creationists today started off as ardent evolutionists, who were teaching evolution at the college or high school levels. One good example of this is Dr. Gary Parker. To suggest that he has no real understanding of biology, and that the science he practices is "fake", is absurd. Many leading creation scientists see these kinds of attacks on their character on a regular basis. Since evolutionists usually lose in a head-to-head debate with creationists, they often resort to name-calling, personal attacks, and arguing from positions of authority in desperate attempts to hold back gains that creationists are making against them. It is sad to see someone in Mr. Oldenquist's position showing such a lack of professionalism towards men like Dr. Parker. But this same lack of professionalism is evident in many evolutionists today.
If they let themselves think their faith depends on science, their position becomes ridiculous because all of science supports evolution.
Creationists have compiled mountains of evidence against the hypothesis of evolution. Many evolutionists turn a blind eye to it because evolution has become their pet religion, and in many cases, no amount of evidence will cause them to release their grip on a religion that gives them freedom from being responsible and submissive to their Creator. The fact that many scientists don't believe this evidence is something that Christians should quite naturally expect, especially when one considers that most scientists who believe in evolution are agnostics or atheists. Look at these interesting things God had to say on this issue:
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where [is] the wise? where [is] the scribe? where [is] the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
1 Corinthians 1:18-21
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait [is] the gate, and narrow [is] the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
1 Corinthians 3:19-20
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, [are called]: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
1 Corinthians 1:25-27
Disbelief in evolution based on personal faith need not intrude upon the larger society.
Disbelief in evolution isn't based soley on the Bible. The scientific evidence, and mathematical improbabilities of evolution occurring is overwhelming to anyone who is willing to examine it with an open mind.
We have no right to ask people to give up their religious faith but we do have a right to ask them to stop pushing nutty and harmful "science" on other people's children.
Evolution has its roots in the religions of atheism and humanism. We have the right to insist that the state quit brainwashing our children with the spiritual poison that the false religion of evolution promotes. People need to see past these kinds of statements by evolutionists. Evolutionists try to convince us that evolution is "science", and creationism is "religion". In reality, they are both science; they are both religion. If one wanted to see truly unbelievable examples of science at its worst, ask an evolutionists to explain the answers to these thorny questions, especially:
1. Where did matter come from?
2. How did life arise from dead chemicals?
3. How did sexual reproduction come about?
Evolution is like other major scientific theories.
Other scientific "theories" have not elevated themselves to the level of being a false religion.
Mr. Oldenquist's article demonstrates so clearly the need for Christians to recognize the major spiritual threat that the dogmatic teaching of evolution presents to our local communities, and to our country as a whole. Let us never tire in our efforts to work against this tide of apostasy that now exists in our public schools, and that is poisoning the minds of so many young people today. With the help of Almighty God, we will be successful at helping some of them see the truth about evolution. But sadly, in many cases we will not. And for those who go to their graves still unwilling to submit themselves to their Creator, to repent before Him, and accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior, it will be too late. It will only be when they find themselves trembling in a fear before they God whose Word they chose to disbelieve, that they'll realize that the Christians who they fought so hard against in this life were the best friends they ever had.
1. Gould, Stephen Jay, "Evolution's Erratic Pace," Natural History, vol. 86 (May 1977), page 14 2. Gould, Stephen Jay, "In the Mind of the Beholder," Natural History, vol. 103 (February 1994), page 14 3. Lewontin, Richard C., "The Inferiority Complex," review of The Mismeasure of Man, by Stephen J. Gould, New York Review of Books (October 22, 1981), in which Gould argued that the sociopolitical bias of a scientist might have an unconscious effect on his scientific results.
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