"America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within."
--Joseph Stalin

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

“Scientific” Creationism is Neither Scientific Nor Christian.


Will Malven
3/08/2006

[Note:  This is one of my reposts.  The date is approximate.]

I really hate to get into this discussion, because I will be slammed from both sides. One side (the pro Separation side) will say “See I told you so.” The other side will accuse me of being a heretic (which I am) or anti-Christian or some such nonsense. But…Here I go.

Today I heard one of our self appointed “Guardians of American’s Souls” arguing for the teaching of the so-called “Scientific Creationism” in concert with the scientifically accepted theory of evolution. Puhleeez! Will somebody get a net?

Let me say right here and right now, there is nothing-I repeat-NOTHING scientific about “Scientific Creationism” beyond the name. It is a pseudo-science just like the astrology, or alchemy of Leonardo daVinci’s time. I’m sorry folks, but those are the cold hard facts.

“Scientific Creationism” is a vain attempt to reconcile the extensive scientific evidence that supports evolution with the verbatim account of Genesis in the Bible. The two have nothing in common. If your faith in God is so weak, that you require a trumped-up, pseudo-scientific, explanation of how life got here; if your faith is so shallow that the mere probability is a parable (remember, Jesus used many of them in his teachings), rather than a day-by-day, step-by-step account of how God made the world, then I suggest that you have a whole lot of praying to do.

John Calvin defines faith as, “a firm and sure knowledge of the divine favor to us, founded on the truth of a free promise in Christ, and revealed to our minds and sealed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit...That assent itself is more a matter of the heart than the head, of the affection than the intellect.” [My emphasis]

The Bible, in Hebrews 11:1-3 defines faith as, “…the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

In other words, don’t look for evidence to support your faith outside of yourself; it comes from God, directly to you.

True spirituality requires faith, not proof. There is a reason that all proofs of God’s existence require the lens of faith. Spirituality requires work. God does not spoon feed us. He will help us accomplish great things if we are willing to work for them. Our degree of spirituality is in direct proportion to our faith. Faith, true deep in your soul, to the tips of your toes faith, requires work and encompasses doubts. Without doubts, we would not be human, because as humans, we are not perfect. We may only aspire toward perfection. For me, if I make a little progress in that direction each day, that is enough. Afterall, as far as I know, only one presence, here on earth, has ever known Perfection.

Biblical teachings like Genesis do not belong in public school science classes; they belong in the home and in church. Failure to recognize this is tantamount to attempting to do the one thing in the interaction of religion and government that our Founding Fathers forbade. I quote, “Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion or the free exercise thereof…” By attempting to force a government entity to introduce patently Christian doctrine into a taxpayer supported organization (i.e. school), these “guardians of our souls” are attempting to do just that, establish a state religion.

Most of those reading this have gone all of the way through school without having been taught this pseudo-scientific garbage and managed to hang on to their beliefs and faith, including, I might add, these panhandlers of creationism. As far as I am concerned, these guys are just con-artist looking to put a donated buck in their own pockets, that might be better spent supporting a minister in Africa or Asia.

Folks, if someone tries to sell you proof that God exists, while claiming to be speaking from the in-dwelling Holy Spirit, better check your wallet.
2 Comments:
Anonymous said...
It's unbelievable that this even has to be discussed in 2005, but you're right on. Some may think this a matter of trivial importance, and a harmless way to indoctrinate children, but it's far from it. Teaching both scientific fact and the kind of reasoning that is valid in science is crucial for the long term competitive advantage of America in an increasingly technical world. Teaching creationist nonsense like "ID" and the like is ultimately self-defeating, as you end up with a populace that can't distinguish science from ad hoc wishful thinking; not only are these people unfit to work in scientific fields, they are susceptible to falling for every snake oil scam that comes down the pike (the comparison to astrology is quite apt.) The (re-)rise of creationism is a disaster for America.

-your friendly neighborhood biologist
Herman Cummings said...
Both Creationism and Evolutin are in error!!

School boards neglect to consult the leading expert on the book of
Genesis. The Cobb County School Board in Georgia needlessly lost
their "sticker" case because they chose to bury their heads in ignorance,
rejecting the opportunity to successfully defend their position. Their
attorney, Linwood Gunn, chose not to listen to the line of questioning
that would have proven that the exclusive teaching of evolution is
unconstitutional.

The Dover Area (York County, PA) school board and the law firm they
hired both failed to respond to the letters sent to them offering help
concerning the upcoming law suit. They refused to accept that "ID"
is an inferior concept, and the board does not want to teach
historical reality.

The Kansas State Board refuses to invite that same Genesis expert to
correct their misguided attempt to offer an alternative to evolution.
Intelligent Design does not teach the students about the life and death
of past life forms on Earth. Yet the Kansas State Board invites those
that do not understand the Genesis text to speak, and plans false
"hearings" which are really a charade of "fact finding" inquiry.

The fact is, Genesis is not about "Creation Week" as creationism and
theology have taught mankind. God revealed a certain concept to
Israel (Moses) in 1598 BC, that modern science did not discover for
another 3000 years. However, the world of creationism has incorrectly
interpreted Genesis as giving a description of how God created the
Earth, and that is not what early Genesis is about.

On the other hand, Charles Darwin examined physical data around the
world, and came to the wrong conclusion. In an effort to explain the
appearance, disappearance, and reappearance of life forms over the
course of the 4.6 billion year history of Earth, the false doctrine of
evolution has been zealously embraced by secular science.

Various school boards (GA, KS, PA, AL, TX, etc.) across the USA
have repeatedly refused to learn the facts about the observations of
Moses. Some boards want to teach the inept doctrine of "Intelligent
Design", thinking that is their best chance of having creation introduced
into the curriculum. Others only want to teach evolution, thinking that
it is the only possible answer, and that Genesis is just "religious junk".

The present track record of school boards in courts of law that
try to question evolution, is very poor. You'd think that they would
soon learn to obtain all available factual information before confronting
the secular world of science. The school board members that favor the
exclusive teaching of evolution fail to understand that they are promoting
the religion of atheism. Doesn't that fail the so called "Lemon Test"?

Both sides are in ignorance, and seem not to have the desire to teach
students all available truth, giving the students closure on the
origins of life on this planet. Avoiding the truth is denying reality, and
those who deny reality are generally called "insane".

Herman Cummings
PO Box 1745
Fortson GA, 31808
(706) 662-2893
Ephraim7@aol.com

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