Response to the Columbus Dispatch Article Titled:
"Denying children the big ideas of science
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That other part of our divided national character, the second America, is displayed in the effort to put the Bible ahead of science in schools.
The wisdom of a God who knows all things versus man-made science? Hardly a fair comparison. It's sort of like trying to take on a nuclear weapon with a sling-shot, only infinitely more difficult. We understand that many of these scientists are legends in their own minds, but please, elevating themselves to the levels of god's? God intended for his revealed Word to be put ahead of all human knowledge, including science. And when science is applied honestly, without the evolutionary bias in the interpretation of the data, it does not contradict the Bible in any way. In fact it fits quite nicely. And speaking of the Bible being ahead of science, look at some of these links concerning Scientific foreknowledge in the Bible. See if the atheistic, humanistic and agnostic scientists who are the ones primarily promoting evolution can explain these things. Science has been playing catch-up to the Bible for thousands of years.
Most of us thought the attempt to stifle the teaching of evolution was a fringe phenomenon. Hadn't it been effectively disabled by the Scopes trial three-quarters of a century ago?
The creationist who was on center-stage during the Scopes trial wrote a paper shortly after the trial was over. That paper is available on the internet at Mr. Bryan on evolution. While he (William Jennings Bryan) was correct about much of what he argued, he was handicapped by the fact he believed in the faulty doctrine of progressive creationism. He was not a young Earth creationist. There are some very significant differences.
Then, in August, the Kansas Board of Education downgraded the teaching of evolution in public schools. It approved a curriculum that removed evolution from state tests that students have to take. The Kansas board also took aim at the science of the cosmos, voting to delete from its standards the Big Bang theory of how the universe originated around 15 billion years ago.
See Ken Ham's letter concerning the Kansas school board decision for more about what actually occurred in Kansas.
Creationists argue that Earth is only a few thousand years old. That calls into question many fundamentals of science,
It only calls into question the evolutionary bias in interpreting the observable data. Many creation scientists have put forth compelling evidence in support of a young earth, and against evolution. But evolutionary scientists aren't interested in anything that could endanger their pet religion of evolution, no matter how compelling the evidence against it is.
such as radiocarbon dating that shows rocks on our planet are millions of years old.
See these links concerning problems with radiocarbon dating.
Indeed, the scientific understanding of the universe would have to be discarded.
No, only the evolutionist's distorted view. Science would be well served to have the "science" of evolution exposed for the false religion that it truly is.
The creationist position is certainly not a fringe belief nowadays. A Gallup poll taken in June for CNN and USA Today found that more than percent of those surveyed favored teaching creationism along with evolution in public schools;
We found this to be VERY interesting. Look closely at the second sentence. Do you notice anything missing? What's missing is the number "68" just prior to the word "percent". It should have read "68 percent surveyed favored teaching creationism..." How convenient that such a high-number was left out. But there's something even more impressive that was left out. Those surveyed were also asked this question: "Please say whether you think each one should be required instruction, could be offered as an elective but should not be required, or should not be taught at all. How about creationism?"
25% said "required"
56% said "offered but not required"
That means that according to this question, 81% think that the teaching of creationism should be allowed in public schools. To see the entire survey results, visit Americans Support Teaching Creationism as Well as Evolution in Public Schools.
Meanwhile, a significant minority favored dropping evolution and teaching children only the biblical version of creation.
The number was actually 40%. And we believe this number would climb far higher if more people got their hands on books like Refuting Evolution and the Lie : Evolution, or magazines like Creation ex nihilo, or videos like A Question of origins creation or evolution.
High-ranking politicians have taken to condemning the idea of evolution. After the killings in Columbine High School in Colorado in April, GOP Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas, the House majority whip, put the blame on the teaching of children "that they are nothing but glorified apes who are evolutionized out of some primordial soup of mud".
We couldn't agree more. We applaud him for his courage to speak the truth!
Of course evolution is a theory. The whole ethos of science is that any explanation for the myriad mysteries in our universe is a theory, subject to challenge and experiment. That is the scientific method.
Evolution should never have been elevated to the level of a scientific "theory" in the first place. It does not have enough supporting evidence to go beyond a hypothesis. Too many of the most basic foundational beliefs evolution are built upon can't be scientifically tested.
Those who take the biblical account of creation literally reject the scientific method, offering instead a doctrine of faith.
Creationists do not reject the scientific method. We start of with the bias that God's Word is without error on all matters. Our understanding of His Word impacts every aspect of our thinking, including science. God made it clear that his Word is suitable for rebuking any false beliefs, including evolution in this Bible verse. Evolutionists also start off with the up-front bias that God didn't create the universe in 6-days. They can't prove it. They just believe it. Their beliefs are rooted in the religions of humanism and atheism. Both creationists and evolutionists start with biases. Christians are honest enough to admit it. Many evolutionists are not.
There are "creation scientists" who argue that the Bible can be squared with scientific observations of, for example, the age of the universe. But they are not taken seriously by most scientists.
See the link at Do real scientists believe in creation?. Just because so many evolutionary scientists are so misguided on this issue today doesn't make the creation scientists who oppose them any less "serious". We encourage the readers of this highly arrogant and misguided statement to see for yourselves what the creation scientists have to offer. We think you'll be amazed by, and angry about what's been held back from you in your public school education on this issue. There are several good materials at the Columbus Metropolitan Libraries. Also see our programs that air on Community 21.
The interesting question is why a large body of opinion in the United States supports a view at such odds with contemporary scientific understanding. No other Western nation has anything like it.
Perhaps it's because we are the last great Christian nation. We are falling away from our Christian roots, but there are still a lot of us who know the truth on this issue. Additionally, liberals editors like those at the Columbus Dispatch and others have only mere ink an paper to promote their evolutionary propaganda. Creationists have the power of the Holy Spirit and the truth on their side. It's really quite a mismatch. It looks sometimes like evolutionists are winning. But we know who wins and loses in the end. We just hope that more evolutionists see the truth about this before their own "ends" come. We'd like to have them rejoicing in Heaven with us before our Creator.
Religious fundamentalists have played an important part in this nation from the earliest settlements. And religious belief is much stronger today than in other Western societies. But belief does not usually, elsewhere, lead to opposing the teaching of evolution.
Thank our Creator that he has seen fit to preserve this nation from falling as far away from the truth as so many other nations have. Again, this is due primarily to the work of the Holy Spirit. But there is still a tremendous amount of work to do in this nation. While many Christians do believe in creation, many have gone astray from the truth by believing in compromises like progressive creationism, theistic evolution and the "gap" theory, and they often do not understand the dangers associated with doing so.
Perhaps the rejection of the scientific method reflects a turning away from unhappy aspects of our contemporary society: greed, vulgarity and the like. Some people think we are, as the title of Robert Bore's book puts it, Slouching Towards Gomorrah.
This is setting up a straw man. We do not reject scientific methods. We reject evolutionary bias in interpreting the observable evidence.
Concern about aspects of American life is fair enough. But depriving children of the great ideas of science cannot make things better.
Evolution is one of the greatest hoaxes ever perpetrated against mankind. It is a lie from beginning to end. We are not supposed to lie to our children. Shielding them from the harmful effects of this kind of bad science and the influence of atheism and humanism are a very loving things for a parent to do for their children. This is a major reason why home-schooling is growing as fast as it is in the US.
We thought we had advanced from the days when Galileo was silenced for theorizing that Earth revolves around the sun.
Anthony Lewis writes for the New York Times
1. Galileo was a creationist.
2. The first to attack Galileo for his beliefs were scientists, not the church.
3. The church originally accepted Galileo's findings. It wasn't until after the influence of scientists that they were swayed away from this initial acceptance.
See more about this on our Galileo page.
Summary: Overall, this article contained many of the same tired arguments evolutionists make to prop up their failed hypothesis. It also had the Columbus Dispatch's usual lack of balance when reporting on this matter. Again, the Columbus Dispatch has done a real disservice to the community by it's one-sided propaganda campaign on behalf of the religion of evolution.
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