Cajun Huguenot's ramblings on theology and other things.
Wednesday, March 03, 2004
Evolution, Science and Religion
One of the most gifted Christian thinkers of the 20th century was Dr. Greg Bahnsen. Bahnsen is probably best known as an “apologist” or defender of the Christian faith. He has debated and crushed a number of prominent academic atheists. Greg Bahnsen, was (he passed away in late 1995) a man of great learning and simple faith.
He said this in a paper he wrote about biblical revelation and modern science:
Despite the enthusiasm of modern science in pursuing study and research on the "origin of life," it must be recognized that all questions of origins fall outside the realm of empirical science! ... In the matter of origins, where the scientist can neither observe nor experiment, one is left to depend either on guesswork speculation or infallible revelation.
Bahnsen makes a very important point here that is missed by most Christians and non-Christians alike. The study of origins can not, by its very nature, be "science," as it is defined and understood in the modern world. The study of origins is actually philosophical and theological and it can never be truly “empirical” science. When scientists speak of origins in scientific terms, they are promoting their own philosophy, religion and worldview not empirical science.
Observation, experimentation and verification are the methods used in empirical science. None of these are possible for the creation, because it is the study of event which took place before man ever came on to the scene. The evolutionist is an evolutionist by FAITH and not by science. He believes as he does, not because it is proven scientifically, but because he chooses to. It is his leap of faith, and it is a great leap.
For the Christian to bow to so called modern evolutionary science, and attempt to make the Christian faith fit with the evolutionist faith; is to compromise with a false religion. Evolution is faith that is always changing. Evolution is atheistic religion and not science.
My wife and I have four children. We're Cajuns and Live in SW Louisiana. We're conservative Christians and hold to the Reformed Faith. -- I'm a first generation Protestant, and my wife is second generation protestant.