“The works of the Lord are great;
sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.”
— Psalm 111:2, as quoted above the entrance to the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge
This is a blog about science and faith. More specifically, it is a plea to the Body of Christ to adopt a responsible, careful and informed approach to discussing such matters.
The Bible tells us that God is glorified by His creation (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:20). Studying it should be a delight for anyone who worships their Creator, and that delight should be a part of our testimony that we show to the world. Christians working professionally in scientific research often tell us that they find their awe of God strengthened, built up and encouraged by what they are discovering.
Yet far too many Christians approach science in general, and discussions about origins in particular, in a thoroughly reckless manner. They get all excited about the latest claim of scientific evidence supposedly proving that the earth is young or that evolution is “only a theory,” fail to fact-check it or even to understand it properly, and rush headlong into the debate with all guns blazing, only to end up demonstrating to everyone in earshot that they haven’t the faintest idea what they’re talking about.
The fact is that even if scientists have got it all wrong, even if evolution is “only a theory,” and even if the earth really is six thousand years old after all, the arguments being made in support of such a position are riddled with falsehood, incoherence, ignorance, and at times even conscious and deliberate dishonesty to an extent that simply beggars belief. The absence of quality control is so bad that if you accepted similar standards in any other area of science, you would kill people left, right and centre. At the same time, these falsehoods are often expressed with a dogmatism and a hostility towards correction that is nothing short of cultish.
This is a very serious cause for concern. The Bible has far, far more to say about the need for honesty and integrity than about either the age of the earth or evolution. If we are to acknowledge that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6), we must abhor any kind of falsehood, and right at the top of the list of falsehoods to abhor are religious falsehoods within our own ranks. Such falsehoods are immensely damaging to the Great Commission. Thousands of young people lose their faith every year when they are confronted with indisputable evidence that what their pastors, youth leaders, or homeschool curricula had been teaching them about science was completely untrue. Christian academics in the sciences routinely report being faced with undergraduates coming to them in floods of tears, asking the question, “what else have they been lying to me about?”
That’s why the strapline of this blog says what it says. Before you even think of discussing creation and evolution, it is essential to make sure that you have correctly understood what you are talking about; that your facts are straight; that your sources of information are reliable; and that you are approaching the matter honestly. This is especially important before you start saying “but evolutionists tell lies too.” It is hypocrisy to rail against “evolutionist lies” when your own facts are not straight, and there is nothing more that the world hates to see in Christians than hypocrisy.
Posting and comment policy.
At present, posts to this blog are infrequent, but I generally schedule them for Mondays at 10am GMT. Comments are welcome, though if yours doesn’t appear immediately, please be patient as it may simply have gone to moderation for whatever reason. Please observe the following rules when posting comments:
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About the author
My name is James McKay, and I work as a software developer in the south of England.
I read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University in the early 1990s, specialising in Physics and Theoretical Physics. After I graduated, I worked for my father, administering his Bible course, The Way of the Spirit, for about a decade or so, in a role that eventually turned into database and web development.
Over and above my university degree, I don’t claim any particular expertise in the creation and evolution debate. This blog is very much a side project for me, that I’ve worked on in my spare time. The information is based mainly on conversations that I’ve had with subject matter experts, and on what I’ve read on the subject.
Professionally, I blog about software development and related subjects at my main blog, jamesmckay.net.