Science, Evolution, and Creationism

The National Academy of Sciences has published a book supporting the theory of evolution and arguing against the introduction of creationism or other religious alternatives in public school science classes.

The book, Science, Evolution, and Creationism, was written to help people who may not have a background in science to understand the differences between science and religion. The book seeks to provide “a comprehensive and up-to-date picture of the current scientific understanding of evolution and its importance in the science classroom.” The book declares that by accepting the reality of evolution, Christians do not have to abandon their belief in God.

The book is available for free reading online. Chapter Three of the book deals with creationism and intelligent design. On intelligent design, the book provides several examples to demonstrate that intelligent design is not supported by scientific evidence.

On creationism, the books says:

“Creationists reject scientific facts in part because they do not accept evidence drawn from natural processes that they consider to be at odds with the Bible. But science cannot test supernatural possibilities. To young Earth creationists, no amount of empirical evidence that the Earth is billions of years old is likely to refute their claim that the world is actually young but that God simply made it appear to be old. Because such appeals to the supernatural are not testable using the rules and processes of scientific inquiry, they cannot be a part of science.”

People who teach creationism and intelligent design may not like the conclusions presented in this book. However, both creationism and intelligent design proponents should read the third chapter of the book and see whether the arguments presented by the scientists are valid.

Read the book online by clicking here.

Claude Mariottini
Emeritus Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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4 Responses to Science, Evolution, and Creationism

  1. Doug Chaplin says:

    >As I note here, I think you’re wildly optimistic in expecting strong creationists to consider these arguments.

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  2. >Doug,Thank you for your comment.I agree with you that many criationists are not willing to hear or read anything that contradicts what they already believe. However, the only way to teach them another perspective to what they believe to be the truth is by invite them to read another side of the story. This was what motivated me to ask them to read the third chapter of the book.Claude Mariottini

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  3. Barbara says:

    >Some people who are commenting on this blog may be doing so without having had the opportunity to read our book, “Science, Evolution, and Creationism.” This conversation might be enhanced and clarified by reading the book online or downloading it in pdf for free at http://www.nap.edu/sec.

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  4. >Barbara,Thank you for your comment. I have included a link to the book in both of my posts. I hope readers will download the book and read it.Thank you for visiting my blog.Claude Mariottini

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