The Creation Explanation
|Beliefs and Interpretations of Evidence|
In this book we have attempted consistently to draw the line between reproducible science and philosophical speculation. Both secular evolutionists and Christian creationists can fall into the error of obscuring this distinction. The present chapter has been devoted to an examination of several types of evidence commonly adduced in support of evolutionary theories. Evolutionary interpretations of the data are in part a consequence of the materialistic philosophy of the interpreters, just as the creation-oriented interpretations of Christians are in part a consequence of their biblical philosophy. Thus we have shown that the evidence can also be interpreted within the framework of the biblical concept of divine creation.
Neither the evolution model nor the creation model of origins is a scientific theory, in the sense that neither can be demonstrated or proved by the experimental methods of science. Adapting the words of Sir Karl Popper, evolution and creation are metaphysical research programs, possible frameworks for testable scientific theories.42 There is no question that much data can be adduced as evidence in support of evolution. On the other hand, a strong case for special creation can be developed on the basis of the fact that if evolutionary theory fails satisfactorily to explain the data, creation is the only alternative. In law, just one negative fact can destroy an otherwise unchallenged legal case. But mountains of facts have been marshaled from all of the sciences which refuse to fit rationally or easily into the evolutionary scheme of things--apart from the enthusiastic exercise of faith, that is. Evolution is monumental faith in the total competence of dumb atoms, time and chance to create anything that ever existed. But the secular faith has thus far failed to prove the case for evolution. Therefore, so long as this secular failure persists, special creation remains as the only alternative, and design and purpose in the universe become powerful supports for the validity of biblical creation.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness
and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be
known of God is manifest in them for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of
the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that
are made, even His eternal power and godhead, so that they are without excuse...