Creation v Evolution


I was at at a science teacher training day recently (new curriculum = erm….its time for a change = reinventing the wheel = increased workload) and I put the question to a science supervisor for our education board that it was a shame that the idea of creation or even its less religious brother ‘intelligent design’ was not even considered or discussed in science curriculums in Northern Ireland.

I did not throw verses from Genesis at him; I simply pointed out that surely it was not conducive to learning that we should be taught a theory as if it was fact, when there are people (respected present day scientists included) who did not believe that theory. Indeed there are well established scientists (who would not have the scriptural bias that I have) who have come to the conclusion that the complexity of life at a molecular level does more than point us to intelligent design, it leaves evolutionary theory without an answer to the conundrum that is called ‘irreducible complexity’ (I will explain that in a later post – yes, this is a series).  

His answer……… “most Scientists in Britain accept an evolutionary understanding of life on this Earth, so therefore we must teach it as fact”. 

This is the same guy (and he is a really nice guy by the way, just lost in his sin and blinded in his understanding like I used to be) who quoted:

“If we don’t teach students to think, then we only think we are teaching”

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I am a creationist, and a scientist and a thinker (I hope), and it makes me very sad when a mindset that has no foundation in God’s word is blindly taught to pupils. Pupils, who on the most part do not have the knowledge to argue against what many of them find very strange – the idea that life is a meaningless drift of biological progression, when their souls (even when they have little or no interest in the bible) tell them otherwise. I am in my tenth year of teaching and I could probably count on one hand the number of pupils who preferred the idea of having evolved out of a pool of slime to the idea that they were wonderfully made.

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How, ironic it was , on the same day, to ‘try out’ science games that contained the names of two revered scientists who were both creationists – who believed that the laws of nature that they studied and proved experimentally, had been established by the one true God and Creator of the Universe – Lord Kelvin (I passed his statue most days when I studied at Glasgow University), a brilliant physicist, inventor and engineer who throughout his life was an outspoken opponent of Darwin’s evolutionary theories.

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There was also Isaac Newton, who I am hesitant to include because he held to certain heretical teachings, but who nonetheless is important to mention because behind all his science (mainly known for discovering the law of gravitation and formulating the basic laws of motion) was the conviction that God made the universe with a mathematical structure.

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wadingr_204x166.jpgI read in the newspaper the other day a short, tucked away filler article about a scientific rethinking about how the English Channel was formed. I don’t agree with all the details as I choose to interpret time scales from a creationist biblical point of view. However, it is another example of how scientists will uncover evidence that points to the biblical account of how this planet was formed and shaped into the world we see today. I am of course referring in my understanding to a worldwide flood that is recorded for us in scripture.

The point when Britain became an island is a defining moment in our history. Scientists have, however, always been puzzled as to exactly how we lost our land link with the Continent.

Now researchers say they had found the answer in the shape of a massive flood which breached the ridge joining Kent and France. They said it would have taken only days for what we now know as the English Channel to have filled with water…..The event is thought to have taken place between 200,000 and 400,000 years ago…..(a) team took high-resolution sonar images of the valley formed by the first flood showing it was unusually straight and wide with erosion marks. They said this evidence suggested the valley – now under the Channel – was the result of a sudden flood, delivering one million cubic metres of water every second…..The so- called ‘megaflood’ may have lasted several months and by the time it subsided, a vast, uncrossable waterway separated Britain from the rest of Europe. around a ridge of rock north of Dover…..Professor Chris Stringer, an expert in early humans at the Natural History Museum in London, said: ‘The timing and method of formation of the Channel has been a long-running argument….

Check out these links to the ‘Answers in Genesis’ website to see some other evidence for the biblical flood:

http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v25/i1/catastrophic.asp
http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v21/i3/iceland.asp
http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v22/i1/catastrophe.asp
http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v15/i3/mtsthelens.asp

There will never again be a catastropic flood, God never breaks His promises. Let us go forth with the gospel.

Genesis 9 v 11-16

“Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: “I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. “It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; “and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. “The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”

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