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Creation and evolution are both matters of faith

To The Daily: In a recent column Jamie Wilson discussed creation, evolution and myth. The Genesis myth he describes is known as the “framework hypothesis,” one of several ideas attempting to connect creation to evolution. Others are the gap theory (extended time between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2) and the day-age theory, along with progressive creationism (each 24 hour day was extended). One cannot read the early chapters of Genesis as myth, as Wilson mentions, because the same God who authored Scripture also created the scientific laws. Countless references to science appear in the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament. None have ever been refuted.

The creationists and the evolutionists have exactly the same evidence. What Mr. Wilson deems “a rational interpretation of evidence ... as to how the world developed” depends upon one’s worldview: a worldview of evolutionary secular humanism or one of Biblical creationism. These two views dominate in both observational science (observable, testable and repeatable) and in historical science (not observable, testable, nor repeatable). Ultimately, both views are matters of faith, whether it be the creationist’s faith in Genesis or the evolutionist’s faith in random occurrences to effect the “molecules to man” progression.

Many early scientists such as Isaac Newton and Louis Pasteur were creationists.

A renowned creationist of today is Raymond Damadian, the pioneer of the MRI, of inestimable value in medicine. This points out there are many creditable scientists of the young earth, creationist persuasion.

Mr. Wilson asks a good question: If Genesis is myth, where do we draw the line between myth and reality? The tragedy lies in those who are influenced by the compromising worldviews — particularly our youths who are constantly bombarded with the evolutionary philosophy. I am especially concerned for them because, when their foundation is destroyed, the result is sadly obvious in too many cases.

Miriam L. Klopfenstein

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