Tuesday, February 07, 2006


Honest Christians and Double-Minded Delusions

" ... [H]onest Christians, intelligent design proponents, and believers in creation understand that the Bible says that creation is a matter of faith (Hebrews 11:3). However, we observe evidence, not proof, that creation is logically probable, writes pastor Tim Kuske.

"The overwhelming science, facts, and knowledge that scientists have uncovered show, for example: that animals do not change. Created life does divide into breeds, but not one animal has evolved.

"A god who could create the complexities of evolution could certainly create the world in the time that he designated in the Bible. A god who could communicate amazing amounts of information in DNA should also be able to communicate clearly and accurately through words in the Bible. Quit being so illogical. Believe God or choose evolution.

"Logical evolutionary scientists laugh at your double-minded delusions, 'evolutionary Christians.'"

Guess those 10,000 religious leaders who signed the Clergy Letter Project are deluded. Here's their statement:

Within the community of Christian believers there are areas of dispute and disagreement, including the proper way to interpret Holy Scripture. While virtually all Christians take the Bible seriously and hold it to be authoritative in matters of faith and practice, the overwhelming majority do not read the Bible literally, as they would a science textbook. Many of the beloved stories found in the Bible – the Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah and the ark – convey timeless truths about God, human beings, and the proper relationship between Creator and creation expressed in the only form capable of transmitting these truths from generation to generation. Religious truth is of a different order from scientific truth. Its purpose is not to convey scientific information but to transform hearts.

We the undersigned, Christian clergy from many different traditions, believe that the timeless truths of the Bible and the discoveries of modern science may comfortably coexist. We believe that the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth, one that has stood up to rigorous scrutiny and upon which much of human knowledge and achievement rests. To reject this truth or to treat it as “one theory among others” is to deliberately embrace scientific ignorance and transmit such ignorance to our children. We believe that among God’s good gifts are human minds capable of critical thought and that the failure to fully employ this gift is a rejection of the will of our Creator. To argue that God’s loving plan of salvation for humanity precludes the full employment of the God-given faculty of reason is to attempt to limit God, an act of hubris. We urge school board members to preserve the integrity of the science curriculum by affirming the teaching of the theory of evolution as a core component of human knowledge. We ask that science remain science and that religion remain religion, two very different, but complementary, forms of truth.


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