A close observer of the scientific community can see a number of omnious cracks in the monolithic wall of naturalistic evolution. From the potent challenges of the Intelligent Design movement, to the belated recognition that evolutionary ideas have had bad consequences (e.g. From Darwin to Hitler by Weikart), Darwinists are clearly on the defensive — for the first time in over a century. At the same time, creationist scientists have a responsibility to be more than simple critics. Taking something apart is always easier than putting something together, and creationist science has an obligation to make positive contributions. With that in mind, below are a couple paragraphs setting the stage for a conference of the Baraminology Study Group, which this year is hosted by New St. Andrews College.
In the closing paragraph of Origin, Darwin declared, “There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.” Darwin must have been fond of this prose, since it originally appears as the closing sentence of his 1842 essay outlining his early concept of natural selection.
In contrast to Darwin’s materialistic outlook, the apostle John concludes his first epistle with these words, “…God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life” (1 John 5:11-12, NASB). So we see that to have true life and to develop a proper view of life, we must first have faith in Christ. We must recognize Jesus as the Author and Finisher, the Alpha and Omega, the Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer. By acknowledging life as the creation and revelation of a loving God, ours is “A Grander View of Life.” Certainly far grander than Darwin’s.
The 2005 BSG conference is scheduled for June 15-17 at New St. Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. Join us as we explore creation with our theme “A Grander View of Life.”
Here is the link.