The internet is abuzz over the live streamed debate last night between Billy Nye – The science guy and Ken Ham. Ken Ham, is the president/CEO of the relatively new creation museum in Kentucky. I found myself more interested in the debate than I thought I would be. You can catch it here, if you haven’t seen it yet:
As I said before, I want to feature more of this stuff on my blog. Preferably as a way to open the door for discussion/thought by the younger generation who struggle with the faith | science dilemma. Hopefully, it will invite you/them to consider a third-rail of Christian thought. I refer to it as third-rail, because young earth creationists are often quick to discredit all other views as lacking in reverence for scriptural sufficiency and authority. This couldn’t be further from reality. There are plenty of good, bible-loving Christians, who believe that scripture is inerrant, and that scripture and modern science (with exception of evolution swallowed hook-line -and-sinker) actually compliment one another. You can read my blog series on creation here, if you’re interested in further exploring the different views:
I think it’s important for people to find a place where they can feel that they’re not alone. Que the “Cheers” theme song right here…….. LOL. That if what took place between Genesis 1-5 is referred to by scientists as the “Big Bang Theory”, then that’s just a-okay. Those of us familiar with the theory know the more it’s been studied by the secular science world the more it’s revealed the need for an initiator of the Bang. It’s led most scientists to conclude that some outside “force” started it all. I can’t think of a better conversation starter with an atheist or agnostic 😉
I enjoyed the debate, but departed with a few reservations. To pit science against religion on the national stage is reason for concern. The idea of trying to prove something that calls for faith alone through scientific evidence is problematic. Why? In so many ways it seems to cuts across the grain of exactly what it means to be a Christian. The miracles of Christ, the life of Paul, the numerous Old Testament stories of Jonah, of Joseph, of Daniel, of David, of Moses, and of Abraham and so many more speak of the necessity of faith. A confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1). Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him (Hebrews 11:6). Therefore, using logic, observational science, and whatever means to “prove” or lend credibility to the gospel message seems backwards. It’s one thing to try and prove the compatibility of science with Scripture. It’s a whole different endeavor to try and prove the validity of Scripture using science. We have no scientific proof to show that certain types of demons can only be cast out through prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21). We have no scientific evidence that can be recovered to prove that Christ reappeared to his disciples after his death and resurrection. My fear is that in process of trying to prove ourselves to skeptics and mockers (2 Peter 3:5) we cheapen authentic faith that leads to salvation.
In the end, it was good to see Ken Ham have a platform to share the gospel. But, it would be nice in the future to see Christians outside of the mainstream invited to the table. For a number of reasons it would be valuable (re: our witness) to show the world that Christianity is not monolithic in thought. Likewise, it could help fellow Christians to learn the value of diversity in the non-essentials. The very acceptance of this fact could lead to greater unity.
As always, and most importantly it all needs to be kept in proper perspective. The more we delve into the age of rocks through discussions, debates, culture wars, or intramural-Christan wrestling matches, it’s inevitable that we’ll lose sight of what the bible is all about.
The Rock of Ages.
New International Version (NIV)
4 Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.