Darwin, Creation and Miracles

DarwinWith all the fuss about Darwin these days i found it funny to read that the top book in the Amazon (US) charts over the past few weeks in the category of ‘Atheism’ was not any of Richard Dawkins books but rather a book written by a Christian offering some sort of critique of Atheism. The book was You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence but You Can’t Make Him Think (WND Books) by TV personality Ray Comfort. I know nothing of Ray Comfort and have not read his book so I can’t commend and neither will I condemn it but it’s popularity at least goes to show that atheism is not the self-proclaimed victor it’s adherents over the past few weeks claim it is.

I’d better give a word about my stance towards Darwinism, Creationism and all that stuff since it’s deemed to be newsworthy these days. On the whole I tend to avoid the issue, not because I’m afraid of it but rather because I don’t think it’s of eternal importance. I tend to agree with the emphasis Rob Bell put forward in his book Velvet Elvis. Here’s a quote for you:

Somebody recently gave me a videotape of a lecture given by a man who travels around speaking about the creation of the world. At one point in his lecture, he said if you deny that God created the world in six literal twenty-four-hour days, then you are denying that Jesus ever died on the cross. It’s a bizarre leap of logic to make, I would say… no six-day creation equals no cross. Remove one, and the whole wall wobbles… if the whole faith falls apart when we reexamine and rethink one spring, then it wasn’t that strong in the first place, was it?

John Houghton speaking at a recent Tearfund conference on Climate Change

John Houghton speaking at a recent Tearfund conference on Climate Change

What Atheists fail to understand is that Darwin only challenged the literal belief of the story of Genesis, Darwin didn’t put forward any convincing theory to disprove the divine completely. This is the reason why leading scientist Sir John Houghton, who is an evangelical man of integrity, could say: ‘Creationism is an incredible pain in the neck, neither honest nor useful, and the people who advocate it have no idea how much damage they are doing to the credibility of belief.’

Personally I have no problem in believing in miracles. If God created the world in six literal twenty-four-hour days then it was a miracle. The problem with creationists like Ken Ham and the people over at Answers in Genesis is that they try and use the laws of science to “prove” the literal story of Genesis. But if they ever succeed (which they won’t) the only thing they’ll accomplish is not prove God but rather to disprove God’s miracle!

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