Scientists and Evolutionism
We are sometimes left with the impression that there are scarcely any scientists in this country or abroad who do not accept the evolutionistic view of the origin of the creation as the correct interpretation. In fact, scientists and scientific periodicals and science textbooks deliberately try to leave this impression. The idea is apparently to try to persuade the public that no one any more believes in creationism according to the Scriptures.
A periodical published by the Institute for Creation Research, entitled “ICR – Acts and Facts” recently included an article in which twenty-one scientists, from all over the country, were quoted on their views of evolutionism vs. creationism. We give some excerpts below.
Dr. Thomas G. Barnes is Professor of Physics at the University of Texas. He is quoted as saying:
As a scientist my concern about evolution is that it is a barrier to scientific progress . . . When (the rapid decay in the earth’s magnet is) examined in the light of electromagnetic theory and the time factor involved, this is excellent support for Special Creation. I have never seen an evolutionist who was willing to face up to this fact.
Dr. Edward Blick, Professor of Aerospace, Mechanical, and Nuclear Engineering at the University of Oklahoma writes:
Evolution is a scientific fairytale just as the ‘flat-earth theory’ was in the 12th century. Evolution directly contradicts the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which states.that unless an intelligent planner is directing a system, it will always go in the direction of disorder and deterioration . . . Evolution requires a faith that is incomprehensible! Biblical Creation is the only sensible alternative.
Dr. Larry Butler is professor of Biochemistry at Purdue University.
I am a creationist rather than an evolutionist because, while neither of these interpretations of the origin of living things is truly scientific in the sense of being provable by experiment, only the Creationist position is true to the Scriptures. Despite theoretical claims, no organism has been experimentally demonstrated to evolve to a ‘higher’, biochemically more complex form. The evidence is more consistent with a pattern of degradation to ‘lower’, biochemically simpler forms, in agreement with the Biblical record and with the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
Dr. Donald Hamann is Professor of Food Technology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
I believe in special creation by the God of Scripture because the mass of scientific evidence corroborates Scripture and speaks of laws initiated by God . . . The tendency of the universe to die an energy death opposes evolution. A later cataclysmic act of God (evidence of the universal flood) is indicated by frozen extinct animals accompanied by tropical food where freezing occurred so rapidly that internal decomposition did not take place. Such evidence, along with the clear literal statements of Genesis, make it illogical for me to accept anything but the Genesis record of creation and the flood.
Dr. Duane T. Gish is Professor of Natural Science at Christian Heritage College.
My university training and research experience has tremendously supported (faith in creation), as the incredible complexity, the vast organization, the obvious plan, and evident purposefulness of every detail of the structure and function of the living cell was revealed through my biochemical studies.
While our faith in the work of creation rests in the Scriptures, these men give powerful witness to the fact that the evidence in the creation itself points to the truth that the worlds were framed by the Word of God so that things which are seen were not made from things which appear. Heb. 11:3.
Evangelicals and the Social Gospel
More and more, modern day evangelicalism goes in the direction of the social gospel. Recent evidence of this is to be found in a Declaration of Evangelical Concern drawn up by a group of fifty leaders who are committed to evangelicalism and who include a broad spectrum of men ranging from the editor of Right On, a paper published by the Christian World Liberation Front of Berkeley, through Carl F. H. Henry, to two representatives of the Christian Reformed Church.
The document reads
As evangelical Christians committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and the full authority of the Word of God, we affirm that God lays total claim upon the lives of his people. We cannot, therefore, separate our lives in Christ from the situation in which. God has placed us in the United States and the world.
We confess that we have not acknowledged the complete claims of God on our lives. We acknowledge that God requires love. But we have not demonstrated the love of God to those suffering social abuses.
We acknowledge that God requires justice. But we have not proclaimed or demonstrated his justice to an unjust American society. Although the Lord calls us to defend the social and economic rights of the poor and the oppressed, we have mostly remained silent. We deplore the historic involvement of the church in America with racism and the conspicuous responsibility of the evangelical community for perpetuating the personal attitudes and institutional structures that have divided the body of Christ along color lines. Further, we have failed to condemn the exploitation of racism at home and abroad by our economic system.
We affirm that God abounds in mercy and that he forgives all who repent and turn from their sins. So we call our fellow evangelical Christians to demonstrate repentance in a Christian discipleship that confronts the social and political injustice of our nation.
We must attack the materialism of our culture and the maldistribution of the nation’s wealth and services. We recognize that as a nation we play a crucial role in the imbalance and injustice of international trade and development. Before God and a billion hungry neighbors, we must rethink our values regarding our present standard of living and promote more just acquisition and distribution of the world’s resources.
We acknowledge our Christian responsibilities of citizenship. Therefore, we must challenge the misplaced trust of the nation in economic and military might – a proud trust that promotes a national pathology of war and violence which victimizes our neighbors at home and abroad. We must resist the temptation to make the nation and its institutions objects of near-religious loyalty.
We acknowledge that we have encouraged men to prideful domination and women to irresponsible passivity. So we call both men and women to mutual submission and active discipleship.
We proclaim no new gospel, but the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ who, through the power of the Holy Spirit, frees people from sin so that they might praise God through works of righteousness.
By this declaration, we endorse no political ideology or party, but call our nation’s leaders and people to that righteousness which exalts a nation.
We make this declaration in the biblical hope that Christ is coming to consummate the Kingdom and we accept his claim on our total discipleship till He comes.
Where in all this is the Word of God?