A number of years ago, I went downtown to talk to some people about God and I remember one young man saying, “I don’t believe in God, I believe in science”. I found it interesting that he felt the two were mutually exclusive, as I have always believed in science and certainly believe in God. In fact, I don’t think of science as something to believe in, but as facts that are observable, testable, repeatable, provable, etc. For example, it is a fact that the earth is round and we can prove that by going into space and observing the earth. Whether or not you believe in God is not going to change that fact.
What this guy probably should have said was, “I don’t believe in God, I believe in evolution”, since those are competing ideas on how everything came into existence. The more I’ve studied the debate between creation and evolution, the more I realize that a big part of the problem is misunderstanding the definitions. Let me clarify some things to set the record straight:
- creationists and evolutionists have the same scientific facts, which are not generally the subject of debate
- small changes within a family or kind of species are science, not evolution
- evolution from one kind of animal to another is not science
Many people mistakenly think that molecules-to-man evolution is part of science, but check out this video as Ray Comfort challenges university students and professors to provide a single example of darwinian evolution. Have you noticed people confusing evolution with science? I encourage you to share this video with them, or invite people over to watch it together and get the conversation started. Share your experiences and conversations about the confusion between science and evolution in the comments below.