No Evolution Controversy?

 

No Evolution Controversy?

Your November 18, 2008 article, “Biology Professors See No Evolution Controversy,” reveals how serious is the creation-evolution controversy in Texas and the entire United States.  The article reports on the findings of a survey by the Texas Freedom Network of Austin, that revealed the beliefs of 450 biologists among the 1,019 biologists contacted.  The report states that 98% of these 450 reject the idea of “intelligent design” as the origin of the universe and life.  94% of them say that objections to evolution are not valid, and 80% of them do not want the “weaknesses” of evolution to be taught to Texas students.

First, this is the result of fewer than half of the biologists in the Texas universities contacted.  Second, to refuse to show the weaknesses of evolution definitely is not “freedom” of inquiry but biased monopoly.  Third, it is well-known that evolutionary biology refuses to examine the evidence of creation.

Perhaps one of the most shocking findings of this survey is that 91% of these 450 biologists “believe that support for evolution is compatible with religious faith.”  We are not told what kind of “religious faith” is under consideration.  However, the theory of evolution definitely is not compatible with Christian faith, the truth revealed in the Bible.

Why do I say this?  Consider the contrasts: (1) Evolution says that life came from non-life, but the Christian who follows the Bible knows that the beginning of life came from God (Acts 17:24-25). (2) Evolution promotes a system that is ruled by chemical reactions and blind chance, whereas the Bible shows that God is the Creator, ruler, and sustainer of the universe (Acts 17:26-28). (3) Evolution cannot explain what caused the beginning of matter, whereas the Bible says that the uncaused “cause” is God Himself (Genesis 1:1). (4) Evolution says that the universe is about 13 billion years old, but the Bible would say that creation took place in the relatively recent past—about 6,000 but not more than 8,000 or 10,000 years ago (Mark 10:6; Genesis 5). (5) Evolution tells students that humans are merely advanced animals, not qualitatively different from “lower” forms of life, but the Bible says that man is a special creation of God, made in God’s own moral likeness (Genesis 1:26-27). (5) Evolution gives no objective basis for moral behavior, whereas the Bible says that we are accountable to God our Creator and must live according to His moral law (Romans 1:16-32).

Proponents of “Intelligent Design” don’t go far enough.  While it is true that the universe and all creation had an “intelligent Designer,” who is that Designer?  The Bible, our own conscience, and all creation testify that this supernatural being who designed and created all things is God Himself, the one revealed in the Bible and in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

I hope that the citizens of Texas will not be deceived by the ignorant, biased, and closed opinions of atheistic university professors.  There are massive amounts of evidence for creation in all fields of learning. Let all people examine the evidence and see that God did create all things in the universe—including us!

Richard Hollerman

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