CNN’s piece ‘Darwin still making waves 200 years later’ starts like this:
Before there was an extensive fossil record, DNA sequencing or even a basic understanding of genetics, there was Charles Darwin.
This has been the problem, hasn’t it? For the last 200 years, fossils have been studied with Darwin’s theory and geological time frame in mind. Why, the Tree of Life, the sole diagram in his book ‘On the Origin of Species’ has cast its shadow on all of science. I wonder if the larger scientific community has completely lost its ability to think outside the shade of this tree. Will children ever bask in the sunshine of free reason? How much has its influence rendered the inferences of many a good scientist’s work inaccurate?
Theories are fine as long as they do not intimidate and supress truth and thought. Scientific truth should only include what can be observed and experimented. Amazing design is clearly observed by studying any one aspect of nature whether it is a microbe or a galaxy. Intelligent design (God) or evolution could be inferred from such an observation.
As for me, I have nothing better than the Bible to rely on, and this book introduces me to an Almighty God who created all things seen and unseen. This book tells me about life and it tells me about what will happen to me after I die. In the things that can be proved (from science, archeology, and reason) the Bible has been spot on. So I trust it to be true for the other things as well. If someone has something surer to rely on, please do write and tell me.
The Bible tells me that to take God, the Author of Life, out from the understanding of life is folly.
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God (Psalm 14:1)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (Prov 1:7)
This Bible also tells us that those who acknowledge God,
whose handiwork we see in nature,
and whose existence we know innately (unless one effectively supresses it)
and seek after Him–
will be welcomed into God’s family through Jesus Name.
I’ll close this post with a quote from the last pages of the Bible that record a prophetic vision containing many symbols.
. . . . on either side of the river, was there the tree of life . . . and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
That Scripture you ended with – funny, I just quoted it to my Paul yesterday (in a different context of course).
Paul and I are both science buffs, but him much more so. We’ve often noted how physicists, in particular, are very inclined to acknowledge intelligent design in the cosmos. I think it may have to do with the vast “eternal” scope of the heavens, and possibly the fact that Darwin didn’t have much to say about the nature of the universe. I’ve been memorizing Romans 1 for the last month and have often thought of this passage, whenever I think of scientific discoveries: “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God, or give thanks to him. But they became futile in their thinking and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools.”
It’s so wonderful for me to think that nature does not mislead us. It keeps on pointing to its Creator. It is futile and foolish to try and explain Him away.