Isn’t Creation just a religious belief?
I. What is Evolution?
A gradual emergence of present life kinds over aeons of time, with emergence of complex and diversified kinds of life from simpler kinds and ultimately from nonliving matter, all through natural processes.
II. What is Creationism?
Creationism says that all basic animal and plant types (the created kinds) were brought into existence by acts of a supernatural Creator using special processes which are not in operation today.
III. What is Science?
Science comes form the Latin word scire meaning to know. Science has to do with investigation and substantiation.
“The basic steps in the scientific method are:
1. Stating or defining the problem.
2. Gathering information on the problem.
3. Forming a hypothesis (or trial answer).
4. Performing experiments to test the hypothesis.
5. Recording and analyzing data.
6. Stating a conclusion.
7. Repeating the work.”
(The Nature of Science – Prentice Hall – 1993)
SCIENCE can be observed, tested, and reproduced in the laboratory, or else it is not true science.
IV. Science has to do with the present.
We can only observe what exists right now. No living scientist was alive to see evolution taking place in the past, no have they observed it taking place today. They can BELIEVE that it did, but they cannot prove it. It takes an act of faith.
We cannot prove that divine Creation took place. We weren’t there. There was someone else there however, and He gave us a written record of how it happened. But we cannot prove it. It takes an act of faith.
V. Is evolution science?
1. Can evolution be observed?
“Evolution, at least in the sense that Darwin speaks of it, cannot be detected within thelifetime of a single observer.” (nor in the lifetime of many observers).
. David B. Kitts, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma “Paleontology and evolutionary theroy”. Evolution, vol. 28, Sep 1994, p. 466
2. Can evolution be tested in the laboratory?
“It is easy enough to make up stories of how one gave rise to another, and to find reasons why the stages should be favored by natural selection. But such stories are not part of science, for there is no way of putting them to the test.”
. Personal letter (written 4-10-79) from Dr. Colin Patterson, British Museum of Natural History, to Luther D. Sunderland
3. Does evidence support Evolution?
a. “I know that, at least in paleoanthropology, data are still so sparse that theory heavily influences interpretations. Theories have, in the past, clearly reflected out current ideologies instead of the actual data.”
. Dr. David Pilbeam (Anthropologist, Yale), “Rearranging our family tree”. Human Nature, June 1978, p.45
b. “Facts do not speak for themselves”; they are read in the light of theory. Creative thought, in science as much as in the arts, is the motor of changing opinion. Science is a quintessentially human activity, not a mechanized, robot-like accumulation of objective information, leading by laws of logic to inescapable interpretation.”
. Stephen J Gould (Professor of Geology and Paleontology, Harvard University), ‘The validation of continental drift’ in his book “EVER SINCE DARWIN” Burnett Books, 1978 pp.161-162
VI. Is Evolution Religious?
1. “In fact, evolution became in a sense a scientific religion; almost all scientists have accepted it and many are prepared to bend their observation to fit in with it.”
. H.S.Lipson, FRS (Professor of Physics, University of Manchester, UK), ‘A physicist looks at evolution’. Physics Bulletin, vol. 31, 1980, p. 136
2. “The fact of evolution is the backbone of biology, and biology is thus in the peculiar position of being a science founded on an unproved theory – is it then a science or a faith? Belief in the theory of evolution is thus exactly parallel to belief in special creation – both are concepts which believers know to be true but neither, up the present, has been capable of proof.”
. L. Harrison Matthews, FRS, Introduction to Darwin’s The Origin of Species, J.M.Dent & Sons Ltd, London, 1971, p.xi
3. “One must conclude that, contrary to the established and current wisdom a scenario describing the genesis of life on earth by chance and natural causes which can be accepted on the basis of fact and not faith has not yet been written.”
. Hubert P. Yockey (Army Pulse Radiation Facility, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, USA), ‘A calculation of the probability of spontaneous biogenesis by information theory’. Journal of Theoretical Biology, vol. 67, 1977, p. 396
Fossils exist in the present. However, they do not come with dates stamped on them to tell us how old they are. Evolution is a belief system about the past based on the words of men who were not there, but are trying to explain the existence of the world we live in, without the existence of God or any divine acts of His part.
VII. But is Special Creation Scientific?
Creation is, of course, unproven and unprovable by scientific method. Creation therefore, as evolution, can only serve as a hypothesis, or, trial answer as to how and why life came into existence. Creation, therefore, would be no more religious, nor and less scientific than evolution. However, to many well informed scientists, the creation model seems to be far superior to the evolution model as an explanation for origins.
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