Thursday, April 10, 2008

Expelled: Movie about Darvinism Overpowering Creation in Schools

I remember arguing with my geometry teacher about creation vs. evolution. Interestingly, he'd made a comment about evolution being wrong and creation was Truth, and I had asked why we couldn't have both? He got very uncomfortable and changed the subject.

Now, there's a new movie coming out about how teachers and scientists are being ostracized by their peers for even suggesting that maybe evolution isn't the key to our world, but that there might be something to this idea of "creation." Check it out here: http://www.expelledthemovie.com/playground.php

As a Catholic, I believe that the Bible was written for the purpose of saving our souls and telling us how to live our lives, and not as a scientific text, so I can't subscribe to Biblical Creationism. After all, Genesis was written by scientifically primitive men (possible Moses himself) for scientifically primitive men. It's not like God could say, "In the beginning, I (complex problem in physics involving quantum mechanics and unification theory) and created light." Even if he gave Moses the divine ability to understand that--which puts him ahead of our current scientists--what's Moses going to tell the people? "God said, 'Let there be light. And there was.'"

QED

What's more important is that God did create everything, that He did it in an orderly fashion, and that It Was Good. Whether his day is 24 hours or if (like in the movie O God), when God had breakfast, Hitler was overrunning Poland, is not important to me. And whether or not he used evolution, fiat-creation, or something in between doesn't matter to me. In fact, I think evolution is a fine model for helping us understand the biological world, even though it is imperfect and needs to be explored, debated, tweaked or simply tossed out in favor of something better. Regardless, it does not have to exclude a loving God.

And, of course, that's where my beef is. Evolution is a theory, but it's being treated like something factual and sure as the Law of Gravity. What's more, those who dare speak against it on religious (or frankly, academic) grounds are persecuted for blaspheming against the 'science' of evolution.

Blaspheming. There's a good word.

Seems to me, God mentioned something about that, too. Something about having no other Gods before him?

Ideas can be worshiped, too.

2 comments:

Gray Rinehart said...

I love this:

"It's not like God could say, 'In the beginning, I (complex problem in physics involving quantum mechanics and unification theory) and created light.' Even if he gave Moses the divine ability to understand that--which puts him ahead of our current scientists--what's Moses going to tell the people? 'God said, "Let there be light. And there was."'"

That's terrific!

Anonymous said...

Problem is among a lot of Christians, Young Earth Creationism (TM) has replaced Christ.

How did a gospel of (1) Young Earth Creationism Uber Alles, (2) Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Antichrist, and (3) scolding and denouncing everything between (1) and (2) ever spread across the Roman Empire?