Growth of creation science in UK worries Prof. Dawkins
Published: 16 July 2008 (GMT+10)
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Atheist evangelist, Prof Richard Dawkins, speaking at the 20th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Science Festival in April 2008, said the rise of creationism in British schools raised a serious problem for science teachers.1
‘It is a very worrying trend,’ he said, ‘and I think a lot of it has come over from America and Australia.’
Indeed! Although Journal of Creation is produced in Australia it is an international science journal. As well as many subscribers in the UK, the Journal is read in the US, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Singapore and many other countries globally.
Dawkins said, ‘I have spoken to a lot of science teachers in schools here in Britain who are finding an increasing number of students coming to them and saying they are Young Earth creationists. Now this is a belief that the Earth is only 6000 years old, and it is such a staggering mistake that it is very concerning to hear this. It is no small error—it is equivalent to someone believing, despite the evidence, that the width of North America from one coast to the other is only 7.8 yards.’
Staggering mistake? The difference is that anyone can drive across North America and check the distance for themselves. But how can you travel back in time to independently verify a date—a date that secularists calculate based on unprovable assumptions that a priori discount the Bible as history? Prof. Dawkins does not seem to appreciate the difference between experimental science and historical science.
But I’m getting off the track.
The point is that creationist research is giving Christian young people the backbone to challenge the atheistic evolutionary philosophy dished up to them in school under the guise of science. According to Dawkins, science teachers don’t enjoy having to defend erroneous evolutionary speculations, especially since these students are often well informed having read scientific creationist publications.
Contrary to what Prof. Dawkins suggests, this development is a positive for science and science teaching—it’s something not to be lamented but applauded.
The latest issue of Journal of Creation, issue 22(2), has been published and is now being mailed. In fact, we’ll even send a copy to Prof. Dawkins if he subscribes—but hurry. In fact, Journal of Creation 22(2) covers some very important developments about evolution that he should be aware of. For example:
- Molecular limits to natural selection. Speciation is not the result of an unlimited naturalistic process but of an intelligently designed system.
- Genetic redundancy. More evidence for the design of life that is very hard for a materialist to explain.
- Mutations. They seemed like a good idea at the time, but evolution’s engine becomes evolution’s end.
- Did eyes evolve by Darwinian mechanisms? Although some evolutionists (not mentioning any names) have tried to explain how an eye could evolve by itself, their solutions are clearly … unsatisfactory.
- The design paradigm. Architecture post-grad motivated about creation science by the evolutionary propaganda she encountered while doing her Masters research.
- Serial cell differentiation. Another intricate system of design.
- Romans 5 exegesis. Paul’s teaching about Christ and Resurrection was based on a real historical Adam who sinned and brought physical death.
- Book Reviews. Keep informed. In this issue:
- Science’s Blind Spot by Cornelius Hunter—the unseen religion of scientific naturalism;
- Living with Darwin by Philip Kitcher—assumptions, presumptions and the future of faith;
- What’s So Great About Christianity by Dinesh D’Souza—strong in most areas but weak in creation.
Over 120 glossy pages of in-depth material organized into research papers, perspectives, overviews, countering creationist critics, book reviews and letter exchanges. You’ll enjoy its solid science, especially since it’s professionally presented, well illustrated and highly readable.
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- Edinburgh Evening News, Richard Dawkins: ‘Growth in creationist beliefs a problem for schools’, 2 April 2008. Return to text.