The other side
Some years ago, Steve, a CMI friend, told us about a conversation with a female colleague. It took place during a tea break when he was teaching at a school in New Zealand. They were discussing evolution.
Steve said to her, “It’s a pity the other side of the story is never taught.”
“What other side?” she asked.
Steve was astonished. How could someone who grew up in New Zealand, went through the education system, trained at university as a teacher, and worked professionally for years not have heard of the other side to evolution?
Steve then proceeded to enlighten her with information. He said, “She was very open to the truth and eventually became a Christian, and even became an overseas missionary.”
There are two ways of looking at the world. Just like evolution, the creation perspective affects everything. Absolutely everything: biology, geology, botany, geography, astronomy, psychology, art, music, morality, family, community, engineering, and everything else you can think of. There is no end to the wonderful adventure we enjoy as we explore the world from the creation viewpoint.
For example, in this issue of Creation you will discover amazing facts about your own eyes. The beautiful complexity of the human eye (p. 38) is a puzzle for evolution but what we would expect from creation. That incredible design is enough to make us go ‘Wow’.
Another wow-factor in this issue is the artistic ability of ‘cave men’ (so-called) to adorn their caves with stunning artwork. How good it is to have an art expert unpack the intricacies of the art, which might otherwise go over our heads (p. 14).
Even a small, unassuming beetle turns out to have surprising abilities. Where did it get its appetite to roll cattle dung into small balls, and its ability to navigate by the stars (p. 50)?
As we explore the creation side of things, it is encouraging to meet real people and hear them talk about their experiences. Medical doctor Bettina Fung shares how the tiny machinery inside our bodies affected her thinking (p. 18). David Lightsey reflects on his experience with health, nutrition, and an unexpected career path he found himself on—and its relevance to evolution (p. 46).
One remarkable creature we encounter near water is the ponderous-looking pelican. It turns out it is not so ponderous after all (p. 28). Plus, there is much more beneath those feathers than meets the eye.
As we explore the other side, we encounter unfamiliar things like the Burgess Shale, the Cambrian Explosion, and extinct arthropods. For some people these are a mystery but for others they are their ‘bread and butter’. In this issue, we find they are not daunting at all. And they reveal unbelievable creatures with head coverings like floppy ears (p. 12).
There is much more in this issue that will delight you and grow your vision of the world. In the same way, there is much, much more in our wonderful world to learn and explore, as we delight in God’s creation and our place in it.
So, we welcome you to this issue of Creation. It is part of your journey on the ‘other side’. You will find that the magazine is colourful, easy to read, interesting, deals with lots of vital issues, and is fun. Our hope is that you will enjoy it immensely and be able to enlighten others too.