You Can’t be the Judge and Jury At the Same Time

23 02 2008

Filed under: Evolution, Creationism, Science, Christianity, Atheism

This will be brief. I’ve had a full week coaching basketball in a tournament but I wanted to point out a few things about my two posts this week on evolution.

I.) Nothing brings out the atheists like a good, biblical worldview post on science. I post all year long on abortion, stem cell research, and other issues similar to what ScienceBlogs posts about, but a post on evolution can’t get by without a defense.

II.) Mr. Beck makes two mistakes in his two posts. The first is that he assumes everyone on earth has the same presuppositions he does about science.

The second, and more perilous error is that he keeps those same assumptions even after being informed that there is a different viewpoint on the issue. He ignores it as if it doesn’t exist. By doing so, he creates an unleveled playing field. He is the team and the referee. He installs himself as judge, attorney and jury. These are all fine with creationists. All of these roles are still earthly…nothing but sand. And houses built on sand are easily washed away.

Until Mr. Beck acknowledges that creationists and evolutionists are looking at the same evidence but have different presuppositions about the evidence, this debate is spinning tires. Instead, he calls my presuppositions “mythology” and “religion.” He claims they have no place in science. Judge and jury. You can’t be both.

One day, Mr. Beck will meet the real Judge. I hope he realizes before that day that it isn’t him. It would be a shame to waste an otherwise good mind on the sand of evolution. He would do well to heed the words of Paul in Romans 1:18-23:

18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

UPDATE: Apparently, Mr. Beck can’t even let a comment on my post slide without posting on it.

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