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Did Darwin Kill God

A recent television charade promotes theistic evolution.

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Published: 15 December 2009(GMT+10)

Bible

The very first temptation by Satan of anyone at all was his suggestion to Eve that she should doubt the word of God: “Did God say … ?” (Genesis 3:1), and this was followed by his direct denial of what God had said: “You shall not surely die” (Genesis 3:4). A recent BBC program entitled Did Darwin Kill God?, shown in Australia on ABC Compass in November 2009 and in the UK in March 2009, repeats this process of casting doubt on, and denying the truth of, the Word of God, the Bible.1,2

The BBC program is authored and narrated by Dr Conor Cunningham (hereinafter C.C.), a lecturer in theology and religious studies at the University of Nottingham. He begins by saying, “I believe that Christ was God incarnate and that He was resurrected from the dead. But I also believe creationists are wrong to read Genesis literally.”

Well, the significance of Christ’s death and resurrection is that His death paid the penalty for our sin, and in the New Testament, God commands us not only to believe, but also to repent, e.g. Acts 17:30–31, “God commands all men everywhere to repent … ” We have never said that a person has to believe in creation to be a Christian.3 What we do say is, “There is a slippery slope into unbelief that accompanies disbelieving any part of the Word of God. Notables who have descended this slope into unbelief have included Charles Darwin in the 19th century,4 and former American evangelist turned apostate, Charles Templeton, in the mid-20th century.5

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Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

C.C. states that “creationists are wrong to read Genesis literally”. However, by any normal rules of exegesis, Genesis was intended to be taken as straightforward history.6 Prof. James Barr, Hebrew scholar and Oriel Professor of Interpretation of Holy Scripture at Oxford University, has written,

“[S]o far as I know, there is no professor of Hebrew or Old Testament at any world-class university who does not believe that the writer(s) of Gen. 1–11 intended to convey to their readers the ideas that

(a) creation took place in a series of six days which were the same as the days of 24 hours we now experience;

(b) the figures contained in the Genesis genealogies provided by simple addition a chronology from the beginning of the world up to later stages in the biblical story;

(c) Noah’s flood was understood to be world-wide and extinguish all human and animal life except for those in the ark.”7

There is no conflict between faith and science on the data or the facts. Any clash is on the interpretation and the theorizing.

Concerning the publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species in 1859, C.C. says, “Science was about to launch its most deadly weapon in its war against religion.” Not so. Science is not at war with religion, least of all Christianity. (See for example The biblical roots of modern science: A Christian world view, and in particular a plain understanding of Scripture and Adam’s Fall, was essential for the rise of modern science.) The laws by which science “works” were written into the framework of everything in the heavens and the earth by God when God created them on Days 1–6 of Creation Week. There is no conflict between faith and science on the data or the facts. Any clash is on the interpretation and the theorizing.

What does the Bible actually say?

C.C. says, “We need to look closely at what [the Bible] actually tells us” and then continues, “ … on the sixth day, God makes all the creatures, including humans—who are made in His image.” It must be a long while since he has read Genesis. God says He made the fish and the birds on the fifth day, and only the land animals and man on the sixth day! However, let’s examine what Genesis actually says and compare it with what evolutionary theory says happened.

God’s record in Genesis 1:1-31 Evolutionary long-age theory
Earth before sun, moon and stars Sun, moon and stars before Earth
Earth covered with water at first Earth a molten blob at first
Oceans before dry land Dry land before oceans
Life created as plants on land Life started in the ocean/water
Plants created before the sun Plants formed after the sun
Fish and birds created together Fish formed long before birds
Birds created before land animals Land animals formed before birds
Whales created before land animals Land animals formed before whales
Man and dinosaurs lived together Dinosaurs died out long before man
Creation completed in six days Evolution going on into the future

When Christians propose theistic evolution, they bring the biblical God into the equation. But this God is omniscient (i.e. He knows everything), and He is truthful (He is the truth, John 14:6), and surely He is capable of communicating the true facts to us, not of telling us something which is the exact opposite of what happened in every detail.

In considering the meaning of any passage of the Bible there are two vital factors to consider:

1. What was the intention of the author to convey?8

(In the case of Genesis, the author was God via the papyrus of Moses.)

If God had wanted to tell us that He used some evolutionary process, over an immense time period, there are several ways He could have done this. There are various Hebrew words for ongoing action that He could have used, but He chose not to do so.

Likewise there are various ways in Hebrew to express long time. The very simplest would have been for Him to have used the Hebrew plural word yamin = days, as in “and there were days of evening and morning”. However, God chose not to do this, Instead, God used the singular word yôm = day, with a number, as in “day one, second day … sixth day”, together with “evening and morning”, which construction in the Bible always refers to one Earth-rotation day.9 So the intention of the divine Author of Genesis is clear.

2. What do other passages of Scripture say on the same subject?

The rest of the Bible treats Genesis as a true and correct historical record. For example, the six days of creation followed by the seventh day of rest in Genesis is the basis for the Fourth Commandment in Exodus 20:11; 31:17. And there are over 100 quotations from or allusions to Genesis chapters 1 to 11 in the New Testament, with Adam and Eve, Abel, Noah and the Flood and other details being referred to in both the Gospels and the Epistles of the New Testament. In particular, the genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ in Luke chapter 3 goes all the way back (via real people not via metaphors) to Adam, “the son of God”, not the son of an ape.10

Furthermore everything in the Bible is inseparably bound up with its first book, Genesis. This is because Genesis gives us the origin and initial explanation of all major biblical doctrines.11

We conclude that it was God’s intention to tell us that creation took place in the way and time He says it did in Genesis 1. Not surprisingly, C.C. does not address either of these issues. Instead, to uphold his belief that “it is a huge mistake” to think that the Bible gives “a factual account of the actual creation”, he trots out the tired old furphy12 that chapter 2 of Genesis contradicts chapter 1. Presumably he does not see his role as “a Christian” to defend the Bible, but to attack it.

The answer to C.C.’s problem is that Genesis 1 is a chronological summary, while Genesis 2 gives the details of one specific aspect—how God made Adam and Eve. NASB footnote to v. 5 says, “The kind of plants referred to here are those requiring cultivation, which (though green plants appeared the third day, 1:11–12) did not grow until after there was a man to take care of them.”

When Jesus was asked a question about divorce by the Pharisees, He replied by quoting both Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:24, thereby giving His divine approval to both chapters, saying, “‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”(Matthew 19:5–6). There is no contradiction between Genesis 1 and 2,13 despite C.C.’s claims and his enlisting the following three authorities to support his view.

Philo, Tatum and Augustine

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Augustine always believed in a young Earth. Painting by Sandro Botticelli, c. 1480. Wikipedia

Augustine always believed in a young Earth. Painting by Sandro Botticelli, c. 1480. Wikipedia

C.C. quotes a 1st-century Jewish philosopher (not a Christian) named Philo (born c. 25 BC), for whom, C.C. says, chapters 1 and 2 of Genesis were myths. Well, Andrew Kulikovsky writes,

“Philo was a Hellenistic [i.e. Greek] Jew … he resorted to ‘an extensive allegorical interpretation of Scripture that made Jewish Law consonant with the ideals of Stoic, Pythagorean and especially Platonic thought.’ [ref.: Harper’s Bible Dictionary]. Philo was clearly more concerned with harmonizing the Old Testament with Greek philosophy, rather than with careful exegesis. … Thus to appeal to Philo as a representative of all Jewish readers is particularly problematic.”14

C.C. introduces Father Gregory Tatum, a professor at the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem, who says that it’s not traditional to interpret Genesis literally. And C.C. then says, “Reading Genesis as myth and metaphor is not a modern trend. This has always been the mainstream view, this is orthodoxy.” In support he introduces St Augustine (354–430) and his book The Literal Meaning of Genesis, about which he says, “Augustine even warns Christians against treating Genesis, or the Bible, as science or treating it literally, saying they’d be ridiculed for talking nonsense.” In the background, on the TV screen are a few words of a quote from Augustine. So let’s look at this quote a little more closely.

The words on the TV screen do not show the whole text, so here it is (with the few words on the TV screen in bold):

“Usually, even a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the other elements of this world, about the motion and orbit of the stars and even their size and relative positions, about the predictable eclipses of the sun and moon, the cycles of the years and the seasons, about the kinds of animals, shrubs, stones, and so forth, and this knowledge he hold to as being certain from reason and experience. Now, it is a disgraceful and dangerous thing for an infidel to hear a Christian, presumably giving the meaning of Holy Scripture, talking nonsense on these topics; and we should take all means to prevent such an embarrassing situation, in which people show up vast ignorance in a Christian and laugh it to scorn. The shame is not so much that an ignorant individual is derided, but that people outside the household of faith think our sacred writers held such opinions, and, to the great loss of those for whose salvation we toil, the writers of our Scripture are criticized and rejected as unlearned men.”15

In this, the real expanded quote, Augustine makes no mention of “treating the Bible as science or treating it literally”. This is a charade by C.C. In fact, Augustine was a young-earth creationist. He believed in instant creation by God, and actually wanted a creation period that was shorter than six earth days, i.e. his allegorization was for instant creation, not eternal. So the “nonsense” that Augustine warned Christians not to talk about was actually C.C.’s own position of long-age evolutionism!16

Furthermore, Augustine reckoned a date for creation of around 5,600 BC (using the inflated Septuagint chronology), and one of the chapters in his book City of God is titled, “On the mistaken view of history that ascribes many thousands of years to the age of the earth”.

Augustine did not teach a process of one kind changing into another. He was not editing the Bible with evolution!

C.C. then says that Augustine “tells us that, over time, life evolves”. Unfortunately C.C. fails to give us any reference to check for this extraordinary statement. Augustine was not an evolutionist. He did not teach a process of one kind changing into another. He was not editing the Bible with evolution!16

Archbishop Ussher

The next Bible believer to come under C.C.’s fire is Archbishop James Ussher (1581–1656), who counted up the time periods of the genealogies given in the Bible and arrived at the date of 4004 BC for the creation. Contrary to C.C., Ussher did represent traditional Christianity.17

As Prof. Benno Zuidam18 says, “Early Church leaders like Origen, Augustine and Basil were young earth creationists. This view was commonly held within the Church until the 19th century (including Aquinas, Bede, the fourth Lateran council in AD 1215 and Pius X). The Church of all times and places embraced the traditional doctrine of Creation from the day of Pentecost until the Enlightenment.”16

And it is a well-kept secret that some great scientists also calculated creation dates very close to Ussher’s. For example, Johannes Kepler (1571–1630), who formulated the laws of planetary motion, calculated a creation date of 3992 BC. Also, Sir Isaac Newton (1643–1727) is widely regarded as the greatest scientist of all time, but he wrote more on biblical history, and vigorously defended a creation about 4,000 BC.19

Fossils and dinosaurs

C.C. now introduces fossils and dinosaurs, both of which he says “clearly contradict the biblical age of the earth”. However, his claim that, “Advances in the understanding of fossils and the formation of rocks led geologists to propose that the earth was formed over a series of millions of years” is not correct. This was largely due to a book Principles of Geology written by the lawyer, Charles Lyell, which greatly influenced the thinking of Charles Darwin.20

The idea that dinosaurs lived and died millions of years ago is an assumption by evolutionists, an assumption that is now under huge threat, not from creationists but from their fellow evolutionists who have repeatedly found remarkably well preserved soft tissue, such as blood vessels, proteins, blood cells, etc. in fossil remains, including dinosaurs.21

C.C. then says that the Church “could hardly oppose it, as the geologists who were proposing these ideas were Anglican clergymen”. In fact, in the 19th century there was a spectrum of beliefs about the age of the earth from young-age to old-age. Those who opposed long ages at that time have been called the scriptural geologists.22

Next is historian Pietro Corsi, who tells us that “people who believe that the Bible had a precise description of the earth, by that time, [i.e. the time of Darwin’s Origin—1859] belong almost to the lunatic fringe.” We are reminded of the fact that whenever evolutionists have no real evidence to present against creationists they frequently resort to personal abuse.

Paley and that watch

pocket watch

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From now on the spin accelerates, as C.C. steps up his claim that the traditional Christian view was not to believe Genesis. He mentions Paley’s celebrated “watch” argument and dismisses it by saying that Darwin’s evidence blew this idea out of the water. For the benefit of readers who may not have read Paley, here is his celebrated piece, from chapter 1 of his book Natural Theology, published in 1802.

“In crossing a heath, suppose I pitched my foot against a stone, and were asked how the stone came to be there: I might possibly answer, that for any thing I know to the contrary, it had lain there for ever: nor would it perhaps be very easy to show the absurdity of this answer. But suppose I had found a watch upon the ground, and it should be inquired how the watch happened to be in that place; I should hardly think of the answer which I had before given, that for any thing I knew, the watch might have always been there. Yet why should not this answer serve for the watch, as well as for the stone? why is it not as admissable in the second case as in the first? For this reason, and for no other, viz., that when we come to inspect the watch, we perceive (what we could not discover in the stone) that its several parts are framed and put together for a purpose … This mechanism being observed … the inference, we think, is inevitable, that the watch must have had a maker; that there must have existed, at some time, and at some place or other, an artificer or artificers, who formed it for the purpose which we find it actually to answer; who comprehended its construction, and designed its use.”23

Later in the same book Paley applies this argument to “the necessity, in each particular case, of an intelligent designing mind for the contriving and determining of the forms which organized bodies bear.”

C.C. instances the Rev. Charles Kingsley as a believer in Darwinism. This is true, and Darwin even included Kingsley’s endorsement of his Origin in his second edition.24 Clergymen betraying the faith they profess is not new, and perhaps none was as destructive as Kingsley, who gave Darwin clerical “sponsorship”. However, Kingsley does not represent the Anglican hierarchy, as C.C. claims. This is not what traditional Chriristianity is all about.

Some truth about Darwin

The more Darwin convinced himself that species had originated by chance, the less he could accept the Genesis account of creation.

C.C. now gives us his views about Charles Darwin, telling us that Darwin “was born a Christian, and lost his faith, but not because of evolution”. Well, the biblical description of how one becomes a Christian is not through physical birth, but birth of another sort. Cf. the words of Jesus, “You must be born again” (John 3:7). Then C.C. tells us concerning Darwin and his daughter, Annie, “the suffering he sees in Annie’s death and the sense of injustice and futility is the thing that really finishes once and for all his Christian faith.”

It is true that Darwin professed to believe in God in his youth, and even studied theology at Cambridge University with a view to becoming an Anglican clergyman, however, as mentioned above, his loss of faith can best be described as a long slippery slide into unbelief.4 This began when he first started to doubt the truth of the first chapters of Genesis, following his reading of Lyell’s Principles of Geology, which subtly ridiculed belief in recent creation in favour of an old Earth, and denied that Noah’s Flood was worldwide.

Then, inevitably, the more Darwin convinced himself that species had originated by chance and developed by a long course of gradual modification, the less he could accept not only the Genesis account of creation, but also the rest of the Old Testament as the divinely inspired Word of God. Having abandoned the Old Testament, Darwin then renounced the Gospels, based on several factors, including his rejection of miracles.4

Darwin said, ‘I never gave up Christianity until I was forty years of age.’ He turned 40 in 1849. Annie died in 1851. So, contrary to the claims of Conor Cunningham, Darwin did lose his faith because of evolution.

On one occasion Darwin said, “I never gave up Christianity until I was forty years of age.”25 He turned 40 in 1849. Annie died in 1851. So, contrary to the claims of C.C., Darwin did lose his faith because of evolution. And the immediate effect of Darwin’s rejection of the Bible was his loss of all comfort from it, especially in the matter of his daughter’s death.

C.C. comments, “The existence of suffering in the world is a constant challenge to people of faith. The arrival of evolution made this no harder, or easier, to bear.” Sadly this illustrates the bankruptcy of the liberal view of the Bible, as shown by Darwin’s experience. The account of the Fall and subsequent Curse on the earth by God because of Adam’s sin, detailed in Genesis chapter 3, gives us the reason why there is suffering and death in this world. And Genesis 3:15, with the promise of the Saviour who would come, gives us the first mention of what God has done about it. For those whose faith in the Bible has been destroyed by evolution, life’s problems are much harder to bear, as Darwin found.

Concerning Darwin’s Origin of Species, C.C. says, “Darwin talked about the impossibility of this wonderful universe being conceived by blind chance, believing that there must be an intelligent mind behind it all. He presented his work as beginning and ending with God.”

This is a charade. Darwin’s whole aim was to explain the design he saw in nature, without the need of a divine designer—without the need for an intelligent mind behind it. He did not present his work as beginning with God. And in the closing paragraph of the first edition of his Origin he wrote,

“Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. 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.”

The movie Expelled exposes persecution of non-Darwinists today.

The movie Expelled exposes persecution of non-Darwinists today.

In the Origin, second edition, he changed “originally breathed” into “originally breathed by the Creator” to soften the impact of his materialistic theory and to make his book more palatable to the Christian public.26 However, in 1863, in a letter to his friend Joseph Hooker, he wrote, “But I have long regretted that I truckled to public opinion, and used the Pentateuchal term of creation, by which I really meant ‘appeared’ by some wholly unknown process. It is mere rubbish, thinking at present of the origin of life; one might as well think of the origin of matter.”27

The film now moves on to the 20th century. The transcript of the film has an account of the 1925 Scopes Trial, but this scene was apparently edited out of the Australian showing of the film, so we will content ourselves with one quote from it. Clarence Darrow, the lawyer defending Scopes and the theory of evolution, is reported as saying, “If today you can make it a crime to teach evolution in schools, tomorrow you may ban books and newspapers.” Well, today it is a crime to teach creation in many schools in the USA, and several lecturers and other people have lost their jobs for writing or accepting articles with a creation perspective for publication in professional journals.28

The creationist view of Genesis

The film moves on to show C.C. (to his credit) interviewing creationist historian (of geology) Dr Terry Mortenson (hereinafter T.M.), who states the creationist position on Genesis, as follows:

Biblical timeline

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T.M.: “The basic premise is that the biblical account of Noah’s flood in Genesis 6 to 8 is a historically accurate account of a global catastrophic flood. We believe that the Bible is the word of the Creator and He was the eyewitness. Noah was also an eyewitness to the Flood. The Bible tells us Adam was created on the sixth day, and we believe that there are good biblical reasons for taking those as literal days, just like our days. And then the Bible, in Genesis 5 and Genesis 11, gives us the genealogies from Adam to Noah, and Noah to Abraham, and if there are no gaps in those genealogies, the age of the earth and the whole universe is only about 6000 years.”

C.C.: So how does the book explain fossils?

T.M.: “OK, well, fossils are the lithified remains of former living creatures. You can’t produce a fossil unless you bury the creature rapidly, because—take, for example, the dinosaur— if it falls over, dies of old age and lies on the ground, it won’t be fossilised because scavengers and decay processes—the sun beating on the bones, and the rain … is gonna just destroy all the evidence. So the Flood gives us an explanation for why we have these massive sedimentary layers with billions of fossils in them.”

C.C.: Do you think dinosaurs and humans shared the earth at the same time?

T.M.: “Yes, because dinosaurs are land animals and Genesis says that on Day Six God made the land animals, so He would have made the dinosaurs. He had to make them some time, unless we accept evolution, which we don’t.”

The Genesis Flood and the Intelligent Design Movement

Genesis flood

C.C. now gives the Henry Morris book The Genesis Flood a blast, claiming that it “undid 100 years of scientific discovery, and 2000 years of Christian theology”. However, Morris was not “turning Genesis into a science textbook”, nor yet “calling us to worship science”, despite what C.C. says. We strongly suspect that C.C. has not read Morris’ book any more than he has read what Genesis 1 actually says.

Then comes the attack on Intelligent Design (ID). C.C. says, “Scientists the world over reject it.” Many do, yes, but there are also many other scientists the world over who accept it. And he goes on to say, “[F]or me, the biggest problem is what it says about God.” Oh dear, C.C. hasn’t read much of what ID proponents have written, either. You see, most ID-ers studiously refrain from saying who or what they believe the “designer” to be. Most do not call him or it the biblical God.29

Ultra-Darwinism

C.C. now has to deal with the major problem for his thesis that God used evolution. This is those philosophers and scientists who truly understand the total atheistic nihilism of evolution, people C.C. calls ultra-Darwinists. The first is Prof. Daniel Dennett who says,

“I think anybody who understands the theory of evolution by natural selection recognises that there’s no role to play by a creative God, an intelligent God, a benign God of any sort. It takes no intelligence. It takes no purpose. It just happens, you might say, automatically. This is Darwin’s great inversion. … Until Darwin came along, everywhere we saw a purpose. And Darwin showed us that we can turn that right upside down, we can have a process which isn’t smart, isn’t intelligent, isn’t trying to do anything. It’s just the unrolling of the mechanical laws of nature. … The theory of natural selection—it’s all or nothing. There are no exceptions. There is not a single magnificent feature of anything alive in the universe that it doesn’t apply to.”

C.C. deals with this by interviewing two more people. The first is Francis Collins, leader of the Human Genome Project, for whom “Evolution is the answer to how; God is the answer to why.” The second is Prof. Michael Ruse, whom C.C. describes as “a staunch Darwinist, a philosopher, and also an atheist”. Prof. Ruse says, “I think that people make commitments about religion, or non-religion, for other reasons, and then what’s going to happen is you’re going to try to make sense of science within the context of your belief, or your non-belief.” Yes, we have often said that people interpret scientific evidence according to their worldview—whether this is biblical or evolutionary.30

Prof. Ruse also says, “I don’t think science proves the existence of God, I don’t think science proves the non existence of God. I think science is science is science.” Well said. Cf. “Without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to Him must believe that He exists, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

The film ends with C.C. reiterating his view that “the mainstream view of God was never at odds with Darwin … ” (not so) and a plea to “let Darwin rest in peace”.

Summary and Conclusion

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Thomas H. Huxley

Thomas H. Huxley

  1. C.C. has one argument which he repeats about a dozen times, namely that the traditional Church/Christian belief about Genesis is that it was intended to be non-factual. This is false, and C.C.’s repetition of it does not change this. See the articles under Did the early Church leaders and reformers believe the literal creation account given in Genesis?.
  2. C.C. does not address the fact that everything God says in Genesis 1 is contrary to the theory of evolution; nor does he tells us what he thinks the non-literal meanings of each Day’s happenings in Genesis 1 are.
  3. Theistic evolutionists such as C.C. have a hard row to hoe. The Bible does not support their belief system, and atheists despise their ambivalence. Few people have had more contempt for liberal Christians than Darwin’s Bulldog, Thomas Huxley, who wrote:
    “I am fairly at a loss to comprehend how any one, for a moment, can doubt that Christian theology must stand or fall with the historical trustworthiness of the Jewish Scriptures. The very conception of the Messiah, or Christ, is inextricably interwoven with Jewish history; the identification of Jesus of Nazareth with that Messiah rests upon the interpretation of passages of the Hebrew Scriptures which have no evidential value unless they possess the historical character assigned to them. … if the story of the Deluge [is] a fiction; that of the Fall a legend; and that of the creation the dream of a seer; if all these definite and detailed narratives of apparently real events have no more value as history than have the stories of the regal period of Rome—what is to be said about the Messianic doctrine, which is so much less clearly enunciated? And what about the authority of the writers of the books of the New Testament, who, on this theory, have not merely accepted flimsy fictions for solid truths, but have built the very foundations of Christian dogma upon legendary quicksands?31

    And concerning 1 Corinthians 15:21-22 [“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”], Huxley wrote:

    “If Adam may be held to be no more real a personage than Prometheus, and if the story of the Fall is merely an instructive “type,” comparable to the profound Promethean mythus, what value has Paul’s dialectic?” Summing up the position of theologians who compromised the words of the Bible, Huxley observed that “the position they have taken up is hopelessly untenable”.
  4. Viewers and readers may well wonder why the BBC, which produces so many anti-Bible, anti-creation, anti-Christian films, would produce one that promotes theistic evolution. We think the situation is best explained by a remark from the militant American campaigner for atheism, Eugenie Scott, who said, “I have found that the most effective allies for evolution are people of the faith community. One clergyman with a backward collar is worth two biologists at a school board meeting any day!”32

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References

  1. Did Darwin kill God?, BBC Two, http://www.bbc.co.uk/darwin/?tab=20 , last accessed 7 December 2009. Return to text.
  2. Australian Broadcasting Commission, http://www.abc.net.au/compass/s2730920.htm , last accessed 7 December 2009. Return to text.
  3. See Grigg, R., http://creation.com/do-i-have-to-believe-in-a-literal-creation-to-be-a-christian, Creation 23(3):20–22, August 2001. Return to text.
  4. See Grigg, R., Darwin’s slippery slide into unbelief, http://creation.com/charles-darwins-slippery-slide-into-unbelief, Creation 18(1):34–37, Dec. 1995. Return to text.
  5. Wieland, C., Death of an apostate, http://creation.com/death-of-an-apostate, Creation 25(1):6, Dec. 2002. Return to text.
  6. See Batten, D., and Sarfati, J., 15 Reasons to take Genesis as History. Return to text.
  7. Prof. Barr is not saying (and we are not claiming) that he believes Genesis; he is only pointing out, as an expert in Hebrew, what the correct meaning of the Hebrew wording is. Return to text.
  8. See Grigg, R., Should Genesis be taken literally? http://creation.com/should-genesis-be-taken-literally, Creation 16(1):38–41, Dec. 1993. Return to text.
  9. See Grigg, R., How long were the days of Genesis 1?: What did God intend us to understand from the words He used? http://creation.com/how-long-were-the-days-of-genesis-1, Creation 19(1):23–25, Dec. 1996. Return to text.
  10. See McIntosh, A., Aren’t Adam, Eve and Noah just legends? http://creation.com/adam-eve-noah-legends Creation 12(3):24, June 1990. Return to text.
  11. See Grigg, R., Genesis—the seedbed of all major Christian doctrine http://creation.com/genesis-the-seedbed-of-all-christian-doctrine. Return to text.
  12. A “furphy” is a commonly-used expression in Australia that in essence is a polite way of saying “lie” or “falsehood”. Return to text.
  13. See Kruger, M., An Understanding of Genesis 2:5 Journal of Creation 11(1):106–110, 1997. http://creation.com/images/pdfs/tj/j11_1/j11_1_106-110.pdf. Return to text.
  14. Kulikovsky. A., Fostering fallacy, http://creation.com/images/pdfs/tj/tjv16v2_forster.pdf, Journal of Creation, 18(2):31, 2002. Return to text.
  15. http://www.pibburns.com/augustin.htm. Translation by J. H. Taylor in Ancient Christian Writers, Newman Press, 1982, volume 41. Return to text.
  16. See Zuiddam, B., Augustine: young earth creationist—theistic evolutionists take Church Father out of context, http://creation.com/augustine-young-earth-creationist. Return to text.
  17. See Pierce, L., The Forgotten Archbishop, http://creation.com/appendix-b-the-forgotten-archbishop, Creation 20(2):42–43, March 1998. Return to text.
  18. Benno Zuiddam is research professor (extraordinary associate) for New Testament Studies, Greek and Church History at the faculty of Divinity at North West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa. Return to text.
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