The Talk.Origins Archive: Exploring the Creation/Evolution Controversy

Science and Creation
Post of the Month: August 1997
Copyright © 1997 by Robert Weidner

I find constant amusement in the battling between extremists, especially ones involving religion and science. Why is it that even apparently intelligent persons must find the concepts of creationism and scientific explanations mutually exclusive. There can be no doubt that the present universe is governed by certain scientific principles. For God to have created it, it would only have been necessary to develop these principles, and set them in motion. The scientific evidence fairly clearly establishes evolution as one of those principles. It was not necessary for God to use magic and have the Biblical creations appear instantaneously. What is time to an eternal God. By establishing the recipe for life to form, develop and evolve, the end result was as certain as if he had molded living creatures from clay and breathed life into them. However, the early judeo-christian authors could not have know what principles of nature, i.e., science, were at work in the creation of "man" and his environment any more than the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, or druids for that matter. They knew the way that things were and had to create the explanations for them being that way in terms that they could understand. This we call mythology, and it is present in every civilization. The judeo-christian cultures were not somehow more enlightened to be above resorting to such story telling. The story of Creation as it appears in Genesis cannot be taken for more than the mythology that it is. This is not to say the God did not create the universe, but merely that it was not done in the way and over the short time period which its author suggests. God created science, the forces of nature if you will, and through them set in motion the events that would lead to the eventual creation of the heavens and the Earth and all that in them is. This did not happen in 6-plus days, but over the billions of years which the body of scientific evidence establishes. Science merely attempts to discover and apply those universal principles which account for why and how things are. It does not in any way belie the existence of God, but instead sheds light on the manner in which God operates. Science does exist, as does God. It is not necessary to disavow God to believe in it, nor is it necessary to discredit science to have faith in God. They are both inextricably connected.

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Article originally posted August 29, 1997

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