The folly of theologians favouring the 'science of the day' over biblical foundations
Dear Dr Wieland In a recent Systematic Theology class discussion on Chapter 4 (creation) of the Westminster Confession of Faith my professor said that “a 6-day creation was regarded as an impossibility by mainstream scientists, no more credible than a flat earth.” I subsequently met with him today and asked that he would acknowledge before the class that highly-respected, highly-qualified scientists examining the same data could conclude that it was possible to hold to a literal 6-day creation.
Perhaps the best-known and most vocal opponent of all forms of theistic religion (but especially biblical Christianity) is Dr Richard Dawkins. Probably hundreds of thousands of people have been turned away from any vestige of a belief in God through his writings.
Speaking of false prophets, Jesus warned his disciples, “You shall know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:16)
Hence my dismay when certain church leaders say that Charles Darwin’s evolutionary ideas do not challenge Christianity. Are they not aware of the tragic fruits of Darwin’s writings?
University of Chicago evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne observed that the impact of Origin of Species was such that Darwin “in the end so convinced his readers that they not only bought his ideas, but in the process jettisoned three thousand years [sic] of religious explanation for life and its apparent design.”1
Creation Ministries International offers a public challenge:
This week’s correspondence illustrates some of the reasons why CMI exists: to give aid to believers in the war of ideas where they are, and to stand as a public challenge to scoffers. CMI’s Dr Don Batten and Dr Tas Walker respond.
Neville L. from Australia writes:
I am writing for your assistance, please. Maybe Don Batten or someone else (if Don is away) might be able to help.
Sometimes God wants us to get out of our comfort zone. Well, let me tell you, getting up to speak to any kind of group is not what I would call being in my comfort zone. But I do believe that the Living God is calling me to share these things with you.
What I want to share with you involves what God has done in my heart during the last 10 years. When I was trying to put this talk together, I kept asking myself “How am I going to fit the last two and a half years of study into 25 minutes?”
Nicholas J. from the USA disputes our solution for Mrs Cain because of the Mosaic Law against brother-sister intermarriage, and proposes an alternative. Dr Jonathan Sarfati of CMI–US (formerly CMI–Australia) defends our solution, explains the reason for the Jewish law, and why it didn't apply to Cain.
Both are vital to the Gospel ... but exactly how?
The Bible presents Adam as the first man, and gives the Lord Jesus Christ the curious title of 'the last Adam' (1 Corinthians 15:45). What does this term mean, and why is it given? What are the similarities between Adam and Jesus that warrant Jesus having this title? What are the differences?
Smithsonian blunders again!
When as venerable an institution as the Smithsonian puts out an article, one would expect it to have sound scientific information, even if we would disagree with the evolutionary interpretation of that information. Yet it gained infamy when it booted out researcher Dr Richard Sternberg merely for publishing a pro—intelligent-design article in the journal Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington which he edited (see the documentary Expelled).
Never before had the fossil of a flying insect been discovered in Carboniferous rocks, which are said to be over 300 million years old. But now, amazing impressions have been found in "sandstone with thin mudstone drapes," according to a technical report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.1 This fossil shows that fully developed flight features appeared suddenly in the fossil record, with no trace of gradual evolution.
Evolutionists claim all things evolved from some cosmic soup, but we know that God created all things, and all things procreate after their kind. So, a horse is a horse, of course, and was never a fish.
The picture left shows the world’s tallest living horse and the world’s smallest. At 202 cm (6 ft 7½ inches) from hoof to shoulder, the Belgian draught horse “Radar” towers over the 44.5 cm (17½ inch) high miniature brown mare “Thumbelina”.1 (see photo)
Imagine a colony of fleas living inside a motor car, the only home they have ever known. Two of them—let’s call them C and E—begin to scientifically investigate this world of theirs. By studying the processes going on in the car, they discover all the basic laws of chemistry and physics—motion, gravity, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, and so on.
Everything they have learned can be proved by repeatable experiments, so they eventually agree on every conclusion. Finally a young flea asks them a fateful question: ‘How did this car come about in the first place?’
What’s wrong with the picture below? More blatantly than most, it typifies the racism inherent in a lot of human evolutionary progressions. Did you notice that the transitional hominid just before the end (second from right) looks like a modern-day African (albeit a bit scruffier), while the pinnacle of human evolution is a ‘white’ European-looking man? Why is a white person as a representative of modern humans, when a majority of the world’s population has medium-brown skin, eyes, and hair coloration? The subtle message here is that lighter skin means that the individual is more evolved. (also see related Creationism articles)
“Brian McLaren: Christians in denial over evolution of faith,” screamed one headline.1 Another reprint of the same article quoted him as saying, “Evolutionary Christianity has freed me.”2 When we wrote about the Evolutionary Christianity teleseminar series, we said it was unclear what exactly the ‘rockstar of the emergent church’ (not our moniker for him) had to add to a discussion about evolutionary Christianity. Given the favorable press his teleseminar session received, it seemed worth revisiting it.3