Religious commentary: Creation versus Evolution

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By Ian Kurylyk,  

The creation vs. evolution dispute as to the origins of the universe and life has been revisited recently by an online debate. Evolutionists frequently try to muddy the waters by changing the labels to religion vs. science.
We know this cannot be the real issue because a great many people, they themselves would call religious, have made enormous contributions to science.

A moment's thought tells us evolution is not a scientific laboratory finding but a hypothesis a theory that the Creator-God of the Bible does not exist. It is important to understand the real question under consideration. Does God exist?

As it turns out this question and has been deeply considered by thinkers and philosophers of the past. On the basis of logic and intuitive first principles of cause-and-effect a number of compelling arguments have been given that demonstrate God must exist.

There must be a First Cause of everything else that exists, sufficient to create a universe of such magnitude, complexity, beauty, and moral order, and containing life and personal beings.

More than that, the Bible supports this rationale as valid. Since God has told us beforehand that these arguments are regarded by Him as compelling in His courtroom, we should consider them before we stand before Him in judgment.

The Book of Romans outlines three facts:

1. God has shown us. The universe is a body of evidence demonstrating His creative power in the same sense a painter's art work demonstrates his artistic ability.

Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. (Romans 1:19)

2. You can't miss it. Everybody lives in the universe He created and has been given firsthand insight into the invisible Creator who brought it into existence.

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen. (Romans 1:20a)

3. You can't misunderstand it. You are so constituted with a rational nature that you can't miss the intuitive and logical conclusion to be reached from God's Creation.

Being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. (Romans 1:20b)

This means we can reject the atheistic evolutionary theory out of hand and go about the business of finding out the things revealed further of God in the Bible.

 

Ian Kurylyk is pastor at Summerside Fundamental Baptist Church.

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  • Dorian Smallman
    February 25, 2014 - 12:21

    I see I am a little late commenting. Everyone so far who commented on on this so far is opposed to Pastor Ian's perspective. Also, a common theme echo through your complaints, which is that Pastor Ian is attacking science. You should read again where he says, "many people, they themselves would call religious, have made enormous contributions to science." In understanding Science I think many people would agree that there is two types of science. 1. Observational Science: These are experiments that can be documented and observed, hence the name observational science. 2. Historical Science: This is a conjecture about the past that is unobservable and wherein the debate lies. No doubt, pastor Ian would whole heartedly agree with and support the first form of science (and this is what everyone is accusing him of and wrongfully so). However, it is the evolutionary theory's interpretation of the evidence that the pastor has a problem with. He believes that creation is a better representation of what happened in the beginning rather than evolutionary claims. So, don't say that he is opposed to observational science, rather attack him for not believing in evolutions theory of the past. There is a difference. Best Regards, Dorian Smallman

  • paul
    February 16, 2014 - 23:12

    I see the US is not the only country in the world where this sort of mystical iron-age twaddle is still taken so seriously. That is both strangely consoling & extremely unsettling.

  • Jim
    February 16, 2014 - 04:59

    How can anyone advocate superstition over knowledge and discovery.

  • GGriselda
    February 16, 2014 - 03:41

    Dear Reverend, Thank you for sharing your latest assault on science and the scientific method with everyone. I am sure many of the scientists in the world will be amazed to discover they are atheists and that the most powerful, heavily documented and tested theory in the biological and earth sciences, evolution is not only anti God, but bad science! However, since most mainstream Christian National church councils have specifically stated that they support science and evolution in particular, it would appear your attacks on knowledge and science have some pretty big denominational problems! (NCSE web site, church statements). Have you considered that you've written your letter on a computer designed by scientists, burn gasoline refined from oil discovered by geologists and that YOU will not find a single piece of valid scientific work that has survived scientific scrutiny, that contains any magic, miracles, or God references? Why? Because science is the study of the natural world and says nothing about your religious beliefs whatsoever. Many university professors, scientists and people who understand the scientific method(and, ahem, you do not), are people of faith (one of the worlds 5600 religions). As it turns out, the Christian church in North America is the source of most of the hatred of science and knowledge you have expressed with your letter. We ALL know our world is a marvelous creation and many of us believe in God. That is a wonderful thing. However, faith has nothing whatsoever to do with the scientific method, and if you feel otherwise you have been badly misinformed and miseducated by someone or some group. Science has nothing to do with your beliefs in God. HOWEVER, sir, if you have data or research disproving evolution or any of the myriad other sciences you've attacked with your letter, you ought to write all that down, submit it to a peer reviewed science journal(may I suggest Scientific American?) , get it published and collect your Nobel Prize. Unless of course all those Nobel laureates are atheists as well because they've learned how to think and use the scientific method. It would be helpful to you, and anyone under your sway, sir, if you looked up "scientific theory" and carefully read and understood what that is, instead of launching ridiculous attacks on education and knowledge in the name of your faith. Thats not the Christianity I learned about, nor is it what most mainstream Christians in N America learned about. But hey, if this is really important to you, perhaps its time to rename your church the "Dark Ages chapel against knowledge and learning because , well it scares me". School, don't sleep through your science classes next time pastor. If you hadn't you would have discovered there is no magic, miraculous events, or supernatural entities in geology, paleontology, physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, microbiology, nuclear physics, radiometric age dating, Isaac Newton's scientific work, Galileo's work or any of the work's great scientists work. Teaching people otherwise is a propagation of your own lack of education or intellect. Not a great thing for a man of the cloth? Write a retraction, ask for forgiveness and put your bearing of false witness aside. Or, just accept that you're a force for ignorance and intolerance in the world. Meanwhile, I'll tell all these atheist scientists, university professors, geologists, biologists, paleontologists, physicists, chemists and astronomers not to worry. You're reconsidering your insults and threats in the name of God.

  • GGriselda
    February 16, 2014 - 03:41

    Dear Reverend, Thank you for sharing your latest assault on science and the scientific method with everyone. I am sure many of the scientists in the world will be amazed to discover they are atheists and that the most powerful, heavily documented and tested theory in the biological and earth sciences, evolution is not only anti God, but bad science! However, since most mainstream Christian National church councils have specifically stated that they support science and evolution in particular, it would appear your attacks on knowledge and science have some pretty big denominational problems! (NCSE web site, church statements). Have you considered that you've written your letter on a computer designed by scientists, burn gasoline refined from oil discovered by geologists and that YOU will not find a single piece of valid scientific work that has survived scientific scrutiny, that contains any magic, miracles, or God references? Why? Because science is the study of the natural world and says nothing about your religious beliefs whatsoever. Many university professors, scientists and people who understand the scientific method(and, ahem, you do not), are people of faith (one of the worlds 5600 religions). As it turns out, the Christian church in North America is the source of most of the hatred of science and knowledge you have expressed with your letter. We ALL know our world is a marvelous creation and many of us believe in God. That is a wonderful thing. However, faith has nothing whatsoever to do with the scientific method, and if you feel otherwise you have been badly misinformed and miseducated by someone or some group. Science has nothing to do with your beliefs in God. HOWEVER, sir, if you have data or research disproving evolution or any of the myriad other sciences you've attacked with your letter, you ought to write all that down, submit it to a peer reviewed science journal(may I suggest Scientific American?) , get it published and collect your Nobel Prize. Unless of course all those Nobel laureates are atheists as well because they've learned how to think and use the scientific method. It would be helpful to you, and anyone under your sway, sir, if you looked up "scientific theory" and carefully read and understood what that is, instead of launching ridiculous attacks on education and knowledge in the name of your faith. Thats not the Christianity I learned about, nor is it what most mainstream Christians in N America learned about. But hey, if this is really important to you, perhaps its time to rename your church the "Dark Ages chapel against knowledge and learning because , well it scares me". School, don't sleep through your science classes next time pastor. If you hadn't you would have discovered there is no magic, miraculous events, or supernatural entities in geology, paleontology, physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, microbiology, nuclear physics, radiometric age dating, Isaac Newton's scientific work, Galileo's work or any of the work's great scientists work. Teaching people otherwise is a propagation of your own lack of education or intellect. Not a great thing for a man of the cloth? Write a retraction, ask for forgiveness and put your bearing of false witness aside. Or, just accept that you're a force for ignorance and intolerance in the world. Meanwhile, I'll tell all these atheist scientists, university professors, geologists, biologists, paleontologists, physicists, chemists and astronomers not to worry. You're reconsidering your insults and threats in the name of God.

  • IanH
    February 15, 2014 - 22:32

    I think that the Rev needs to go back to school and take some science courses. He needs to try to understand what science and the scientific method is. There are no 'proofs' of the existence of any supernatural beings. That's what faith is for. Also, exempting your favorite deity from a cause is a common fallacy of Creationists.

  • IanH
    February 15, 2014 - 22:31

    I think that the Rev needs to go back to school and take some science courses. He needs to try to understand what science and the scientific method is. There are no 'proofs' of the existence of any supernatural beings. That's what faith is for. Also, exempting your favorite deity from a cause is a common fallacy of Creationists.

  • brian
    February 15, 2014 - 19:28

    "Evolutionists frequently try to muddy the waters by changing the labels to religion vs. science." Seeing as many Christians do accept evolution, it seems to be you that is muddying the water. To see the signatures of nearly 13,000 members of the clergy who do accept evolution, look here: http://www.theclergyletterproject.org/ To see someone bloviate on something he is ignorant on, read Ian Kurylyk's article.

  • Wolffe
    February 14, 2014 - 11:50

    Amen

  • RickK
    February 14, 2014 - 10:54

    "There must be a First Cause of everything else that exists, sufficient to create a universe of such magnitude, complexity, beauty, and moral order, and containing life and personal beings." Isaac Newton was certain that the direct hand of God put the planets in motion - there was no other possible explanation. He was wrong, as we later learned. It is safe to say that nobody can say anything definitive about what came before the Big Bang or what started it. Any certainty about a "First Cause" is purely based on faith. And faith-based assertions about the causes of natural phenomena have a very disappointing track record. Also, when I look at the workings of the natural world, the heavens and Earth, non-human life, and humanity, I struggle to perceive the "moral order" you mention. Finally - considering the fact that 99.9999999999999999999999+% of this incomprehensibly vast universe is instantly hostile to any form of life as we know it, it seems more than a little presumptuous to believe the universe was created with us as the goal.