Saturday, April 23, 2005


Spring flower
The IDolatrous In the News is shocked (shocked!) that Eugenie Scott says Evolution and God can co-exist:
Scott's claim that Darwinism and belief in God can co-exist is simply false. She said several times that evolution scientists aren't in the business of discounting God, but rather proving how things were created. Darwinism claims that descent through modification is solely accomplished by random mutation and natural selection.
ARN is saying all you religious scientists are living a lie, you just have to pick sides. You can be scientists or you can be religious, and there's no middle ground.

Oddly enough, actual scientists have no problem integrating religion and science into their lives. Things get awkward when you start sticking religion into science and vice versa.

Here's how I see it. If you are committed to some form of Biblical literalism (or even just a belief that the Bible gets things right) you pretty much have to believe that the world is, in some sense, a product of God, as is the Bible.

So when scientists look at the world and all the evidence says it's 5 billion years old, you have a choice. You can read the Bible so literally that you find a conflict, at which point you have to choose between the evidence of God's word or God's work. Or you can believe that both are true, and there is a flaw in any interpretation which puts the evidence of the world in conflict with the Word.

If you insist on seeing a conflict, why choose the word over the world? The Bible has been translated, retranslated, damaged, rearranged, reinterpreted, etc. The world is what it is. Our understanding of it may be flawed, but if you believe it is God's work, it has passed through no human intermediaries. So maybe you should consider the strength of the evidence from the world.

Every piece of evidence says that all terrestrial life shares a common origin, and that mutation, selection, and drift are the processes which have lead to its current diversity. The challenge is not to undermine that evidence, but to find a way to integrate that understanding into your personal religious framework.

To do otherwise is to deny God's handiwork. Think about that.

This World Can't Stand Long” by Benton Flippen from the album Old Time, New Times (1994, 2:33).