Posted by: Tim | November 30, 2009

That’s a Good Question #8: Is Creation Consistent with Science?

The 8th Article in the “That’s a Good Question” Series is called “Is Creation Consistent with Science?”  Of all the articles I wrote for the Three Hills Capital, this one seemed to “create” the  most controversy.  I find this subject to be fascinating and the more I study it, the more I find the evolutionist’s case to be very weak.  If you are interested in more information, there are a wealth of resources at Creation Ministries International. Anyways, here is the article, and as always, feel free to leave your comments below.

That’s a Good Question #8

Is Creation Consistent with Science?

In March of 2009, it was reported by the Globe and Mail that Canada’s Federal Minister of Science and Technology, Gary Goodyear, would not confirm if he believed in evolution (he later did). Much of the media went into a frenzy, shocked that a Science Minister might not believe in evolution, suggesting that he could not possibly serve effectively in his role if he were…(cue scary music)…a creationist.

Today, it is often assumed that creation and science are in contradiction with one another. But is this really true? Some of the great scientists of the past such as Galileo, Newton, and Kepler were young earth creationists. Faith in God has historically provided a solid foundation for doing good science, not a barrier.

In dealing with this subject, it is important to recognize the difference between operational science and historical science.

Operational science deals with repeatable observations in the present, and gives us wonderful things like computers, cars, medical advances and satellites. We see this type of science on display in a science center.  Does it really matter what a scientist, who developed the technology in your car, your computer or your iPhone, believes about origin of the universe?

Historical science, on the other hand, deals with unrepeatable events in the past. It is the kind of science we use when talk about the study of origins and it is often on display at a museum, such as the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller. Historical science uses the same field data whether you are a creationist or an evolutionist, but the data is interpreted differently by each. Evolutionists see random natural processes at work, while creationists see divine purpose and design.

Evolutionists often say that the theory of evolution is a proven fact, and that creation should be dismissed out of hand. However there are major problems with the theory of evolution today that need to be considered.

First, evolution does not answer the question of how the universe began. The popular Big Bang theory teaches that the universe began out of nothing and continues to expand today. Note the phrase “began out of nothing”. Now that is a step of faith! For apart from an act of God, nothing produces nothing, every time.

Second, evolution has big problems with the fossil record. A century and a half has passed since Darwin, and despite the discovery of hundreds of millions of fossils, the transitional fossils required by evolution are virtually non-existent, and those few that do exist are often hotly disputed. Fossils consistently reveal fully formed plants and animals. To a creationist this is no surprise, for the Bible states that God’s creation reproduces after its own kind.

Third, evolution is faced with staggering mathematical impossibilities. For example, the odds of the correct ordering by chance of the DNA code required for life to begin are significantly less than 1 in 1010,000. To put this in perspective, scientists consider any odds below 1 in 1050 to be impossible. And it is estimated that there are 1084 subatomic particles (incredibly small particles that make up the particles that make up atoms) in the entire universe. You would have a far better (albeit statistically impossible) chance of correctly picking a randomly selected subatomic particle from anywhere in the universe than of having the DNA code necessary for life to begin ordered correctly by chance. Creationists do not have these mathematical problems, for creationists believe that God designed the universe and created it.

So what do you think? Does Christianity contradict science? It seems to me that the contradictions are found in the theory of evolution, not in creation.

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