Last week’s very public debate between scientist Bill Nye and young-earth creationist Ken Ham drew in both fervent supporters and doubters of both sides. One such spectator was Pat Roberston, a conservative Christian and former Southern Baptist minister – but his comments didn’t side with whom you might expect.
Rather than supporting Ham’s case of a 6,000-year-old Earth, Robertson begged Ham to stop making Christian fundamentalists look like a “joke.”
This comment, in turn, has sparked its own controversy. Last week, Reverend Mark Creech of the Christian Action League (which is affiliated with the American Family Association) unleashed a tirade against science, even going so far as to equate a belief in evolution to “blasphemy.”
Creech went on to link evolution to Nazism and communism, and to accuse Robertson of “undermining both God and science.”
“Modern science asserts that the geological ages are predicated on the fossil record, and these fossils speak to us of suffering and death millions of years before Adam and Eve – before the creation of man,” Creech explained in his response to Robertson’s young-earth belief.
“The very notion a God of love and order would work arbitrarily and brutally as suggested in evolution’s old earth hypothesis – a way so contrary to his own nature – carries with it an implication [of] blasphemy,” Creech stated as the finale of his retort.
What these comments reveal is that although the rift between science and religion is deep, incompatible differences also exist within each side’s explanation of how the world formed.
As Right Wing Watch describes, “Although Robertson and some other well-meaning Christians try to reconcile the assertions of evolutionary theory with the Bible, the fact is, the two are in no way compatible. Robertson’s remarks trivialize the conflict.”
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