Creationists: can they be scientists? You bet!
War of the Worldviews sneak preview series: part 9
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by Pam S. Sheppard, staff writer, AiG–USA
February 11, 2006
As an astrophysicist, Dr. Jason Lisle (author of chapters 5, 6, and 10 of War of the Worldviews) knows that a belief in molecules-to-man evolution is not needed to understand how planets orbit the sun or how telescopes operate. While some evolutionists are spreading the false idea that creationists can’t be real scientists, Lisle is busy doing real science.
In fact, he (along with hundreds of other scientists) knows that science works perfectly well without any connection to evolution. Dr. David Menton, cell biologist and popular AiG speaker and writer, has often said that although it is widely believed, “evolution contributes nothing to our understanding of empirical science and thus plays no essential role in biomedical research or education.”
As Lisle points out in this chapter, even the rise of technology is not due to a belief in evolution. He writes, “Computers, cellular phones and DVD players all operate based on the laws of physics, which God created. It is because God created a logical, orderly universe and gave us the ability to reason and to be creative that technology is possible.”
So, why are there such differences between evolutionary scientists and creation scientists if both groups have the same evidence? Lisle addresses these differing conclusions by explaining that each group starts with different assumptions when interpreting evidence. Creationists and evolutionists have a different view of history, but the way they do science in the present is the same.
Lisle writes that both creationists and evolutionists use observation and experimentation to draw conclusions about nature. Since observational scientific theories are capable of being tested in the present, creationists and evolutionists generally agree on these models. For instance, they agree on the nature of gravity, the composition of stars, the speed of light in a vacuum, the size of the solar system, etc.
On the other hand, historical events cannot be checked scientifically in the present. We don’t have access to the past. As Lisle points out, we can make educated guesses about the past and can make inferences from fossils and rocks, but we cannot directly test our conclusions because past events cannot be repeated.
With evolutionists and creationists having such different views of history, is it any wonder that each group arrives at such varying interpretations? Biblical creationists accept the recorded history of the Bible as their starting point while evolutionists reject this recorded history and have made up their own pseudo-history from which to interpret evidence, Lisle explains.
The fact that there are scientists who believe in biblical creation is nothing new. In this chapter, Lisle discusses several “real” scientists who believe in the Genesis account of creation, including Isaac Newton (1642–1727), who co-discovered calculus, formulated the laws of motion and gravity, and computed the nature of planetary orbits, among other things.
Today, there are many Ph.D. scientists who reject evolution and believe that God created in six days, a few thousand years ago, as recorded in Scripture. As Lisle points out, his Ph.D. research (which was completed at a secular university) was not hindered by the conviction that the early chapters of Genesis are literally true. In fact, it’s just the reverse, he writes.
“It is because a logical God created and ordered the universe that I, and other creationists, expect to be able to understand aspects of that universe through logic, careful observation and experimentation,” Lisle explains.
Lisle concludes the chapter by posing the question, “Why should there be laws of nature if there is no lawgiver?”
“If our minds have been designed, and if the universe has been constructed by God, as the Bible teaches, then of course we should be able to study nature. Science is possible because the Bible is true,” says Lisle.
AiG–USA goes worldwide
An expanded translation outreach going around the globe
by Ken Ham, president, AiG–USA
February 13, 2006
You sure have to be flexible in this kind of ever-changing ministry! It reminds me that there’s really no doubt: God’s ways are not our ways!
Our leadership team had already put our strategic plan together for 2006, and then the Lord did something that was so unexpected, it “blew us out of the water!”
After visiting AiG a few weeks ago, Dr. David Crandall, a long-time friend (we’ve worked with him closely in translating and distributing creation/gospel literature around the world) called us with a proposal—one that we could never have even dreamed of.
Dr. Crandall was close to retirement at his ministry (although for those who know him, he’s not one who will ever fully retire—he seems to have unlimited energy). For years, he led a ministry involved in gospel literature distribution. He has thousands of global contacts!
He called me late last year and said, “Ken, this horse has one last run! My wife and I are burdened to help AiG–USA set up a worldwide ministry to proclaim biblical truths.”
He shared his tremendous vision: to bring Christian leaders from around the world right here to AiG to be trained, and to go back home to present the creation/gospel message.
I asked him to share his vision with you for a new exciting phase of AiG outreach. He calls what he has written for you, “The anatomy of a vision,” based on 1 Cor. 15:34: “Awake to righteousness and sin not, for some have not the knowledge of God.” Here are excerpts:
Dear Ken and AiG supporters,
Paul, in this passage, speaks to us of what could be called a “global knowledge gap.” The knowledge gap is the lack of understanding the truths of the Living Word of God.
As we attach this thought with the Matthew 28 mandate (to take the gospel to the entire world), it presents to each of us as believers an awesome task and assignment.
One of the most effective ways of reaching the masses and fulfilling the Matthew 28 mandate is through gospel literature. For the last twelve years, I have had the joy of ministering at Gospel Literature Services in 117 countries [including closed nations] and in over 100 languages.
As we meet so many international pastors, it’s always my joy to put my arm around their shoulder and ask, “How can I help you? How can I help make ministry happen?” Their response is always: “We need books to study to learn God’s Word.”
So, we will begin a massive ministry of translating AiG materials into several more languages. We will require that each translation work be done by five different “mother-tongue” translators. We will provide a large AiG library (free of charge) for every Bible school/seminary around the world.
I have long felt that we ought to be proactive in the training of national pastors so that they, in turn, can teach biblical truths to their people. These libraries will enable them (millions of pastors have no Bible training at all) to have the best possible tools to prepare them to defend the Bible.
I remember giving AiG books to a pastor in the Ukraine, and he hugged the books to his chest and said, “These books are more valuable to me than gold.”
There is a huge “knowledge gap,” but AiG is poised and prepared to fill that gap.
With the museum opening next year, and AiG preparing to reach many more leaders worldwide (including via the web), my head is spinning with what the Lord is doing!
Please support AiG this month, especially if our website has been a blessing to you. Your gift will be used to spread the gospel not just in the USA, but around the globe.