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Creationism is biblically not religiously based; the distinction may seem slight but it is significant. Religion is personal and one’s religious beliefs are not quantifiable. But the Bible, as well as speaking on spiritual matters, makes certain attestations to the nature and origin of the material world. As such these claims are subject to scientific investigation.

Part of the beauty of the scientific method is its simplicity. We start with an idea, postulate or theory and then make predictions as to what we might observe if that idea were in fact true. Then we simply look at the facts and see whether they confirm or deny those predictions. Creationists start with the Bible and then make predictions about what science might find as a result of the Bible being true. In this sense the Bible is no more or less scientific than any other idea out there.

For instance in Genesis 1:21 the Bible states “And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind…” This is one of the three occurrences of creation in the first chapter of Genesis and says that God created “living soul” or soul life for every living creature after their kind or genus. So what should we observe from this? We should see living creatures sharing a single type of life adapted to their particular genius, a variation on a theme, so to speak. We should see this type of soul life showing up within a brief period of time. And this is precisely what the fossil record shows us, the abrupt appearance of many similar forms of life. When we look at alternate theories regarding the same phenomena, such as evolution, we would not expect to see this but the appearance of a gradual changing of life forms and multitudes of transitional forms to get to a particular genius. So therefore creationism as used in this manner is not a religious belief but an intellectual pursuit, and the evidence is the ultimate test.

Another example from Genesis 1:12 is the “herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind…”  In other words the seed seeds itself. We should observe from this “theory” that the continuance of life is dependent on a form of reproduction produced by the very life form itself. This is the old chicken and egg analogy, where the chicken is dependent on the egg and the egg on the chicken, neither being a precursor to the other. And this is observed in virtually every form of life, from the one celled organism unto man himself. Even the proteins within the cell that construct other proteins also must construct proteins like themselves in order for the cell to continue to have the resources for life.  Again this is informational in nature and not a religious belief.  The theory is backed by the evidence.

The emerging methodology of the Intelligent Design movement is providing the creationist with an increasingly rigorous means of looking at the natural world as the product of an intelligent agent.  The vast complexity found in the simplest forms of living things speak of the voluminous amount of information contained in an organism. And “the design inference” and “irreducible complexity” and other tools of Intelligent Design do nothing more than point to the wonder of creation.


Category: Biblical Basis
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