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More Than Just a Debate About Creation and Evolution

The creation debate between Ken Ham, president and CEO of the Creation Museum and well-known television personality, Bill Nye “the Science Guy” was watched by well over 3 million people (we also streamed the live event at Lighthouse Baptist). It was a lengthy debate and responses to it have been numerous and varied.

Without a doubt, a lot of information was presented. And, as was expected, neither man convinced the other to change positions. In fact, both were declared “winners” by their respective sides of the issue.

But overall, the debate was really about far more than just creationism vs. evolution. Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Seminary correctly concludes in his review of the debate:

The central issue last night was really not the age of the earth or the claims of modern science. The question was not really about the ark or sediment layers or fossils. It was about the central worldview clash of our times, and of any time: the clash between the worldview of the self-declared “reasonable man” and the worldview of the sinner saved by grace.

You see, Bill Nye claims that he is a “reasonable man” and makes the assumption that, based on man’s reason and intellect, a “normal” view of the world and scientific evidence obviously leads to an evolutionary position. Whereas Ken Ham readily admits his Biblical worldview, Nye and those like him, do not see their perspective as being a worldview. Rather, it is the reasonable way—the normal, rational way—that most people see the world around them.

But the Scripture addresses this man-centered philosophy in the first chapter of 1 Corinthians. There, Paul’s inspired words are very relevant to this “clash” of world views when he writes,

 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God…Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe (1 Corinthians 1:18, 20-21).

 I encourage you to read Dr. Mohler’s entire review here.

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