Genesis and the big bang
Young Earth - Old Earth, what does it matter?
Science and the Bible can be harmonized
The Bible and Science in Conflict
Understanding Genesis Chapter 1
Scriptural Evidence for Long Days
The Origin of the Universe
The Creation / Evolution Controversy Part 1
The Creation / Evolution Controversy Part 2
The Creation / Evolution Controversy Part 3
The Creation / Evolution Controversy Part 4
Entropy, the Fall, and Adam
The Tree Of Life
What I learned at an Answers in Genesis Conference
What's Wrong With This Picture?
Science finds a purpose for the appendix
Flat Earth - A lesson to all of us
Why are young people leaving the church?
Why Does God Hate Me?
Links to the World and Beyond
This is the first of four pages. On this opening page I will attempt to explain the controversy and examine some of the terms used in the debate.
Page two concentrates mainly on the first chapter of Genesis examining what the Bible has to say about or against evolution. You may be surprised.
Page three looks at the physical evidence where scientific theory has been thought to be in disagreement with the Bible. God's word and His works agree - Really!
Page four examines further the physical evidence and how it relates to the events of each creation day.
A typical conversation between Susie Sunshine fresh out of Sunday School and Brian Brain, college student, might go something like this - Susie starts.
The argument has no end and both sides walk away feeling frustrated convinced their opponent is an idiot. The debate is usually emotionally driven with both sides making grandiose claims. Neither side sees any reason to compromise. The young-earth creationist has religious tradition on her side. She is convinced the evolutionist is an atheist so God must be on her side. The evolutionist, knowing the earth is old, sees no reason to accept the Bible as literal truth. He therefore believes there must be a natural explanation for life on earth. This is an oversimplified example of the two extremes being voiced, but it does allow us a starting point to examine the issue.
Recent Gallup polls show-10% of the U.S. population believe all life evolved by purely natural means. 47% believe the Earth is 6,000 years old and was created by God in 6 days. 43% are convinced the Earth is much older but was created by God. They differ widely in their view of what part evolution had in creation from no evolution to God using evolution to create all life.
The 10% who are naturalists are not just the educated elite as most people picture them to be. Studies show that the number of PhD’s in church on any given Sunday is the same as it is for the population in general, around 46 - 47%. Education is not the deciding factor in matters of faith.
The 47% are not the ignorant masses the media often plays them up to be. Many of them are highly educated, influential people. Their interpretation of the Bible forces them to reject all evolutionist ideas. Scientific evidence is often viewed as flawed and in need of alternate explanations in light of Scripture..
Since we all take our personal beliefs into this debate, I will tell you my starting point. I believe the Bible to be the inspired word of God, inerrant in its original form. I believe it should be taken literally whenever possible - but all related Scripture must be considered before deciding on an interpretation of a passage. I do not consider science to be on the same level as Scripture. The Bible is God's book of words. The universe is God's book of works. Since the Bible and the creation are both from God, neither is more true than the other. They are but different witnesses of the same God, and of His power and glory. Theology is man's attempt to understand the Bible. Science is man's attempt to understand the universe. Theology and science can both be flawed since they are interpreted by fallen man. When the truth is fully revealed the Bible and the creation record will agree.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Cor 13:12
Which ever side of the controversy you are on, I hope you find yourself rethinking your position.
Explaining The Terms
The following terms are thrown around in nearly every creation/evolution debate. Clear definitions are essential to insure common understanding of a position. My comments are in Magenta.
Abiogenesis - The supposed development of living organisms from nonliving matter. Also called autogenesis, spontaneous generation. Spontaneous generation is a deceptive definition, as naturalists generally believe the first life developed over a great period of time by unguided chemical reactions.
Creationism - The position that the account of the creation of the universe given at the beginning of the Bible is literally true. Usually thought of as a belief in a young-earth creation, but applies equally to an old-earth view.
Evolution - The theory that groups of organisms change with passage of time, mainly as a result of natural selection, so that descendants differ morphologically and physiologically from their ancestors. While this is a literal definition, this term is seldom thought to stop with "change with time". It usually is believed to involve origins from a common ancestor and is often associated with the atheistic view of naturalism. Many Bible believing Christians, however, see no conflict between a belief in evolution and a belief in the God of the Bible.
Microevolution - Evolution resulting from a succession of relatively small genetic variations that often cause the formation of new subspecies.
Macroevolution - Large-scale evolution occurring over geologic time that results in the formation of new taxonomic groups.
Naturalism - A theory denying that an event or object has a supernatural significance; spec: the doctrine that scientific laws are adequate to account for all phenomena. This is atheism.
Species - A fundamental category of taxonomic classification, ranking below a genus or subgenus and consisting of related organisms capable of interbreeding.
Definitions are from The American
Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition
copyright © 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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