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Recently I enjoyed the debate, online, between Bill Nye and Ken Ham held at Mr. Ham’s Creation Museum. It was intended to be a debate about whether creationism, which Mr. Ham supports, is a viable scientific model. In fact, the debate was more about evolution versus creationism.
I suspect a lot of folks had strong feelings towards one side or the other. I do not believe that God created the world in six days only six thousand years ago. In fact, I cannot stress enough how preposterous that viewpoint truly is. Just as many are amazed that Mr. Ham believes that man coexisted with dinosaurs, I likely amaze religious fanatics when I say believe in both God and in evolution.
There really are quite a few of us “intelligent design” folks out here but you wouldn't know it from all the discussion lately. The folks that interpret Genesis literally in spite of geological and biological evidence to the contrary seem to be multiplying and giving faith in God a really bad name.
Throughout history, it seems mankind has been compelled by institutional forces and dogmas to embrace either faith or science but not both. Charles Darwin, who once considered becoming a priest, was attacked in life and in death for his work by religious fanatics. The fact is that so long as you are faithful to the scientific method and remain objective, you can be a good Christian, Agnostic, Atheist, or Muslim scientist. In fact it was Muslim scholars who brought us the amazing advancements in science and mathematics that without which, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and later the Industrial Revolution might have never happened.
I think one of the most powerful quotes that illustrates how people can have a belief in both God and science is from the father of evolution himself.
“In my most extreme fluctuations, I have never been an atheist in the sense of denying the existence of God. I feel most deeply that the entire subject is too profound for the human intellect. A dog may just as well speculate on the mind of Newton.” ~Charles Darwin
Darwin hit the nail on the head. I once heard a priest-can’t remember his name-say that if you think you’re starting to understand God or presume to know his will, then you know very little about him. Understanding the world around us is complicated enough and we are still learning more about it every day. In my opinion, we are a long way from being ready, if ever, to debate the role of God in the nuts and bolts of the universe. In reality, we should probably keep our relationship with God on a deeply personal level and leave our presumptions about him out of the overall scientific debate of predictable and observable facts.