A class in creation studies at Liberty University appears to be as strange as one might expect. Best quote on the subject: "If a frog turns into a prince with a kiss then it's a fairy tale. If a frog turns into a prince over millions of years, it's science," says the director of the school's center for creation studies. "It's almost ridiculous."
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200 years after Darwin's birth, 150 years after his work, and here we have an accredited university (no surprise it's here in the South) teaching literal creationism. Personally, I don't see religious faith and a scientific understanding of evolution as incompatible, but if you literally believe the account in Genesis as historical fact, you are scientifically illiterate. How can someone claim to be a scientist, as the instructor interviewed in the article professed, yet believe that the first human male was created from clay, and his wife was created from his rib? Or that a talking snake got them to eat a bad apple, and that cost them paradise? Did these people ever bother to consider the possibility that it was meant as an allegorical tale, an exercise in metaphor? And the great thing is, in this country, even graduates of Liberty University can vote in a national election... Really makes me wonder about our prospects for the future.
To be fair, the guy states that he does teach evolution along with creationism. Probably with a bias, but evolutionary courses do not teach creationism.
I generally agree with evolution, but the shape of this arguement astounds me. Almost invariably, it's stated that scientests BELIEVE in evolution. Additionally, the level of smugness and arrogance is atonishing.(not referring to the first poster). The scientfic theory of evolution is set forth as if it were a religous dogma, and Darwin has been elevated to at least the status of a prophet.
Lighten up, if evolution is true (and there may yet be new discoveries similar to gravity vs curved space) -- there's NOTHING that anybody can do about it. Believe in or don't, but it will still work. No public policy will change it.
Science always claims that it pursues knowledge wherever it
goes. In the case of evolution, science has stopped pursuing and erected a shrine
Allah has created each and everything we see and what we don't see. but science is sticking with darwin theory of life. well we know life is quiet better than as he mentioned in his theories. even if we want to see the system of single cell; then we need to zoom inside it and enlarge it to the scale of new york or london, only then we can see the complex systems established by Allah in all beings including human being. Allah has mentioned in quran that there is no deity beside him. we say god, but with god you can make gods, and goddess or goddesses. but Allah is beyond that. he doesn't require anything. Quran is the best reference because todays advance science always approves Quran's sayings and ofcourse why won't it. Quran contains the world of Allah (The only deity). how can the science prove it wrong? ofcourse we have seen for centuries Quran has lead the way to science. ask evolutionists please explain immune system in human being, or just 100 trillion brain connections, birth system, and why can't they handle what is made for human being million of years before by Allah. Ask them about respiratory system, ask them about the universe. science has proven that each and everything in the universe including stars and planets; came from zero volume and infinite density. meaning out of nothing. Allah told human being in quran 1400 + years ago about this truth. miracle of human creation in 3 steps has been very recently accepted by science. 80 + % of Quran has been proven to be absolutely correct according to science. What do we want more? Quran, prohibits Alcohol, rape, and bad things as theft or murder etc. only Quran/ Islam tells us how to spend a neet and clean life where everybody benefits and not only a handful of people. Quran has all the solutions humanity needs. O dear brother please never waste your prayers to any other than Allah (The only Deity). Adam, Abrahim, Moses, Jesus, Joseph, Muhammad and 124,000 other prophets were just the messengers of Allah and not god or any type of deity. They all called human beings to worship only Allah. Because only Allah is worth worshiping. if we worship someone else beside Allah, then we shall first think that is any other being capable of helping human being? absolutely no, todays advanced science has proven that Allah is controlling what we see, hear, feel and all the sense are monitored by some super computer which is controlling the brain. brothers please update yourself with latest information. just look around yourselves don't you people see trees and plants, aren't they necessary? who created them? human being? Water reaches 120 meters high and in each and every leaf of high trees. Allah has all the knowledge and all the control and Allah has created each and everthing according to perfection. live with peace. killing is absolutely prohibited in islam and it is the work of satan. it is said in the Quran that anyone killing even a single innocent human being is the killer of whole humanity and will be burnt in hell parrellel to satan/devil in the worst hell of them all. Allah created universe out of nothing meaning Allah introduced time and Allah is beyond time. we have heard a few people died for a few moments/minutes but then they came back to life. they all saw glimps of hell. because they all were disbelievers and nobody believed on 1 deity that is Allah. there is no deity beside him.
human being was created in heavens and not on earth by Allah and Allah only. their is not deity beside him. science has atlast concluded that universe came into existence out of nothingness. zero volume and infinite density. evolve this evolutionists. how is it that there is such a great harmony between ant family. science knows that their are creatures like ants called turmites build extremely big buildings according to their size and without any eyes and map in their hand. evolve that. billions of trillions of different objects, creatures, and natural phenomenons prove the existence of soul deity that is Allah. you people try to find god. yet you know that the one who created all this stuff what you call universe; is sitting outside it. we also monitor that DNA carries so much information even at the death of the containing body. so tell me the deity who produced such great systems out of nothingness, can't that produce them again? ofcourse Allah can.
just think you sitting beside me and i kill you without any reason. won't i be answerable to my, your and the creator of all in existence? of course i have too. everybody will be raised again as he was born in the first place. one cell of male's sperm decides the genetic factor of new born baby. today we know how the birth takes place in mother's womb. Quran stated the same 1400+ years ago. and contains many facts about universe and whats inside it. Quran gives the best solution to live the best of lives.
human body alone is enough prove of creation. another thing to mention here is that whatever you call "UFO" unidentified objects to be exact are actually no where to be found. O sons of Adam you are not going to find any creature more intelligent than you. it is declared by your creator in Quran / Islam. it is the truth evolutionist are seeing each and every day with their eyes. but they don't accept. we hear news that some people saw UFO in their territories, in the sky or whatever. let me tell you that chimps which are approximately 97 to 99% same as human being are not able to design clothes or make food for them selves, they have almost no sense in comparison to human being. Quran tells us that chimpanzies were actually human but they were bad people so Allah the only deity convertered them into Chimps. look at the design of atom. you can explain nothing. each and everything shows that its a perfect design. perfect design means perfect creator. Subhan Allah. Alhamdullilaah. Allah O Akber.
Allah is the Greatest.
Uhhh! Did someone lets the intellect out of the room? Deities are good for those who endure hardships and need a book to tell them how to live their life. If you are morally ambiguous, then I guess you would need some form of guidance in your life. For the rest, acceptance of the beauty of the unknown and the firm ground of science is bliss.
The issue w/ evolution isn't if it happens or not, but if it is how life originated. Without a time machine you're not going to prove this in the affirmative.
Science disproves ideas. You make a mathematical model to discribe a phenomina. You then make observations. Now those observations in and of themselves can tell you nothing. You then take the observations and check it against your model's predictions. That's what testability is about. If they check out, well, you haven't proven anything in the mathematical sense, you just know that you don't have to scrap your model just yet.
But let's be completely honest. The economy is taking a nose dive....and maybe all that grant money will start to dry up. And once there is no grant money to be given to someone else we'll see how adament all those dogmatic (flat earther, earth centered) darwinists are that there can be no other scientific models which predict the same observations (and yet interpret them differently).
Mike_R - believing in literal Genesis doesn't necessitate one being scientifically illiterate. Many people are, but an educated individual will point to the fact the entire concept of Supernatural Creation recquires action not naturally possible exerted by a supernatural being.
Can science prove the supernatural? Not really, but it doesn't make one illiterate to believe in the supernatural and to understand the natural laws of the universe.
In due defence of Intelligent Design( which is not limited to religious Creation) there is considerable evidence pointing towards it, as well as evidence pointing away from Evolution.
A truly literate scientific person takes into consideration all possible theories, of which both Macro Evolution and Intelligent Design are quite viable. It does disturb me how similar to a religion Evolutionary Theory has become, primary paradigm and all.
Kudos to ford2go for an illuminating explanation of the nature of science.
Some of you should have kept the receipt from your education.