I recently had the opportunity to spend some time teaching geology and paleontology to grade 7/8 science students, as a supplement to their unit on the earth’s crust. Before we got into those topics, we laid some groundwork by exposing what I call ‘the big lie’, that evolution is related to science and creation is related to religion. To better understand the debate, we started by defining our terms:
- Creation is the process by which God supernaturally created the universe, including the sun, moon, stars, earth, seas, plants, birds, fish, animals, as well as man in His own image, about 6,000 years ago in six days of about 24 hours each, as described in the Biblical account in Genesis.
- Evolution is a theory suggesting that the entire universe is the result of random, undirected processes, beginning with the big bang billions of years ago and that all life is the result of small undirected natural processes that have randomly occurred over billions of years.
- The word science is from the Latin word scientia which means to know.
We then discussed two types of science:
- Observational science is used by both creation and secular scientists to advance technology, medicine, quality of life, etc.
- Historical science is the study of how the universe and life began. None of us were around to observe the past, so historical science must be interpreted based on our religious beliefs.
We noted that religion is simply a belief system held with conviction that forms a starting point for the way we interpret facts and evidence in the world around us. Creation is part of a religion that views the world according to the authority of God and His Word, the Bible. Evolution is a religion that views the world according to the authority of man and natural processes without God. Many people who don’t believe in God or got to church, are very religious about their views of naturalism.
We followed up on ‘the big lie’ with 7 important truths about creation and evolution: [Read more…]