Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Dogmatism and Creationism

The Bible tells us that God created the heavens and earth and pronounced them Good. Then came the Fall and Creation became corrupted. It is certainly a temptation to pronounce all of creation hopelessly spoiled completely obscuring the Glory of God.. This would at least sanction the hatred of science that many evangelicals have. This same Bible that evangelicals love to quote for other purposes also has its verses about the heavens proclaiming the glory of God. Consider the following:

Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works. (I Chronicles 16:9)

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained. What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. (Psalms 8:3-5)

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. (Psalms 19:1)

And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. (Psalms 50:6)

And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O LORD...(Psalms 89:5)

Evangelicals will contend that a sunset is proof of God’s existence, but will not investigate the natural world. They will argue the evidence with evolutionists (namely to assert that the overwhelming evidence is either worthless or deeply misunderstood but do not engage the evidence) but they do not partake of original work in any scientific field because of their faith. They do seek to worship and know God through His works. They are ignorant of scientific methods and how science actually works. This hatred of the natural world makes me think of certain varieties of gnosticism in which the material world is evil and an obstacle to authentic spirituality. Are creationists gnostics with only a thin veneer of Christianity? Their actions certainly suggest so.

Of course, partaking of the spirit of inquiry results in a crisis of faith. Choosing their God over truth means hatred of anything or anyone who would unsettle their faith which in turn means fear has a major role in their brand of Christianity. Christians assert their religion is one of love. They fear the new: popular culture, new trends, new technology, new ideas, and the list goes on and on. The Bible can be twisted to support or condemn anything and has at one time or another. Creationism belongs to modern culture as much as iPods or central air conditioning. It is not a throwback to an earlier time, no matter how much creationists might think that they are.

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