Some of the most common statements I see from opponents are that creationists have turned their minds off, they don’t think, they refuse to see the evidence, they are ignorant, and that no reputable scientist would believe in a young earth biblical Creation model. Today’s comment adds another charge that I have been starting to see used more frequently, and that is creationists abandon their inquisitive nature. Today I will take the opportunity to address this latest charge.
From Joe M:
Unlike religion-based creationism, the evidence-based sciences of paleontology, geology and biology do not claim to already have all the answers before they begin their inquiries into the nature of existence. Reputable scientists readily admit that they do not know all the answers, but are not willing to turn off their brains, abandon their inquisitive nature and attribute the gaps in the current state of that knowledge to a warm and fuzzy supernatural cause, so we can continue with a self-centered, child-like belief that the universe was created for our benefit.
Joe, your obvious biases and lack of any understanding of the subject are exemplified by your statement.
For starters, God demands believers to study and learn about His Creation. It’s part of the Dominion Mandate that He gave Adam in Genesis 1:28:
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
In order to subdue and have dominion over Creation, man first had to study and learn about that which he was given charge over. It’s the same way about any part of our lives. If you were given charge over something, wouldn’t you want to know as much about it as possible? For more information on the Dominion Mandate see: Good Science, Dominion Mandate and Texas Textbooks
It was the desire to learn about the world God gave us that lead many of the great scientists of the past that gave rise to a number of different fields of science. Men like Isaac Newton, Johannes Kepler, Francis Bacon, Galileo Galilei, Blaise Pascal, Robert Boyle, and the list goes on and on. Here is a list of some of the great scientists from the past who believed that God created the world as the Bible says: Scientists of the past who believed in a Creator:
Here are some additional lists of scientists that believe in Creation for you to check out:
Like an iceberg, the names on these lists are only the tip of those that we know of. The list is continually growing.
There are also a number of very credible Creation scientists who must remain anonymous to protect their careers. I personal know some of these men and women who hold positions in noted universities, research facilities and government labs who would lose their jobs if their beliefs were known. Discrimination against Creation scientists has been well documented. See: Discrimination against Creation scientists for some cases. I personally know of several others that are not on this list.
Some opponents raise the argument about not seeing any research or science being carried out by creationists. Many Bible believing scientists today would love to be doing more research into the world that God gave us dominion over. However, funding for creationist research is very limited and hard to come by, largely due to the heavy secular environment in the sciences. As limited as funding is, some creationists have managed to obtain enough financial backing to conduct research in astronomy, genetics, geology, medicine, botany, computer modeling and physics to name just a few. Are you aware that the MRI was invented by a young earth creationist scientist by the name of Dr. Raymond Damadian? And are you aware that a group of young earth creationist scientist work at a national laboratory that is involved with high tech physics and weaponry for the U.S. government? One of the most sophisticated supercomputer modeling programs (TERRA) was created by a young earth creationist by the name of Dr. John Baumgardner. Again, check out the list of scientists alive today and click on some of their names to see what their scientific contributions have been. In fact, starting today, I’m going to post some of the bios from these lists. I hope you visit each Saturday to learn more about scientists who believe(d) in the Bible’s account of a young earth created by our all knowing God.
You see, Joe, we haven’t checked our brains at the front door or abandoned our inquisitive nature. In fact the opposite is true. Young earth creationists are very curious and interested in learning as much about God’s World as possible. The only difference between us and evolutionary scientists is our presuppositions we use to interpret the world around us and they have more money for research than we do.
In my own case I wish I had the funding and access to a genetics lab when I did my Master’s research on the Mediterranean gecko. I found strong evidence for a possible speciation event, but lack the means to prove it.
May I strongly suggest that you do some research before making any more erroneous statements and revealing your lack of knowledge and understanding? In the meantime I will pray that God will work in your heart, open your eyes and ears and reveal the wonders of His Creation.
by Rousas J. Rushdoony
Modern man has a problem with knowledge. He cannot accept God’s Word about the world or anything else,so anything which points to God must be called into question. Man, once he makes himself ultimate, is unable to know anything but himself. Because of this impasse, modern thinking has become progressively pragmatic. This book will lead the reader to understand that this problem of knowledge underlies the isolation and self-torment of modern man. Can you know anything if you reject God and His revelation? This book takes the reader into the heart of modern man’s intellectual dilemma.