“Believing in a relatively ‘young Earth’ (i.e., only a few thousands of years old, which we accept) is a consequence of accepting the authority of the Word of God as an infallible revelation from our omniscient Creator.” answersingenesis
“If you were a true follower of science and religion, you would realize the unmistakable, wide-ranging implications of Darwinism not only because it’s bad science, but because it essentially debases any claim to ultimate morality.” Dr. Dakota, amazon message boards.
Ben Stein has stirred the pot with his new movie “Expelled”. There are plenty of blogs about Intelligent Design and Mr. Stein’s documentary, so I’m going to talk about Creationism instead, and about Young Earth Creationism.
In the context of a pre-scientific age, it’s difficult to call “Creationism” a religious belief, it was more like believing in death or taxes, or that the earth stood still. People just assumed that if you had a watch you also had a watchmaker, and they assumed their god(s) were that Creator.
Plato and Aristotle were creationist. Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed were Creationists. Newton and John Locke were creationists. In the very definition of irony, Galileo affirmed the literal truth of Genesis while at the same time defending the Copernican Model. (Nova – Galileo’s Battle For The Heavens).
In the Christian West, it was assumed by most that the Jewish account in Genesis was historically as well as metaphorically true. There really was a literal Garden of Eden, as revealed directly to Moses by God. A literal reading was central to the dogma of original sin. Another interesting consequence of these beliefs was that one could use the genealogies to figure out the rough age of the earth, on or around October 23rd, 4004 B.C, at 9:00 in the morning.
As the quotes at the beginning of this blog indicate, this is not a war between competing scientific theories. At the core, the traditional values of Christian theology has come into direct conflict with the values of the secular humanist/democratic worldview incubated during the Enlightenment.
How this became the Science vs Creationism debate is rather lengthy, so I’m breaking it up into sections.
I will explain the traditional concept of biblical infallibility and how this relates to an Evangelical’s moral certainty. Exposing “factual” errors in literal scripture readings is considered a direct attack on Christian moral values.
I will explain the modern conservative Protestant manifestation of Creationism called “Young Earth”, and show how this movement directly led to current debates on Intelligent Design. ID has simply dropped all Bible specific aspects of YEC and substituted the Standard Model of Evolution in its place, only changing “natural selection” to “intelligent designer”
I will highlight the current state of evolutionary theory, its big gaping holes, and how we are using the Scientific Method to fix those holes.
I will discuss the difference sources of moral behavior, and emphasize the importance of parable and myth, story and creed. Without the creative and interpretive spirit we would not even have science. But while personal morality is governed by philosophical beliefs, civil morality is best served by a democracy and not a theocracy.