|US Christian slams European demonization of Creationism|
|Thursday, 11 October 2007 06:03|
Dr. R. Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has slammed a ruling by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which has labelled creationism as a potential threat to democracy and human rights. The Council of Europe, which represents 47 nations of the European continent, published a report on creationism cautioning member states to do everything in their power to prohibit this teaching from making inroads into the European education system. On October 4th the Council voted in support of the resolution, although this ruling is not legally binding on member states. The document itself contains many factual errors, stating in the opening paragraph that "Creationism in any of its forms, such as "intelligent design", is not based on facts, does not use any scientific reasoning and its contents are pathetically inadequate for science classes". The document also stated that evolution was built upon established facts, a claim which many evolutionists themselves would dispute. Like creation, the theory of evolution is based upon the "interpretation" of facts - not the facts themselves, and many of those evolutionary "interpretations" have been thrown out by the evolutionists following further analysis. But what is most damning about the Council of Europe's document is its assumption that creationists are right-wing extremists who are involved in some sort of political movement bent on overthrowing democracy and establishing a theocracy...
Quote: "12. The war on the theory of evolution and on its proponents most often originates in forms of religious extremism which are closely allied to extreme right-wing political movements. The creationist movements possess real political power. The fact of the matter, and this has been exposed on several occasions, is that the advocates of strict creationism are out to replace democracy by theocracy.
The document even claims that the very Council of Europe may be threatened, if creationism is permitted to flourish in European schools. If the belief in a God who created all men and holds all men to account for the deeds they have committed causes the Council of Europe to feel threatened, then they ought to be. Mohler said that the reason the Council of Europe was so vehement in its defence of evolution was because this secular society could not survive without a naturalistic world view. As we have witnessed with Christianity, throw out the foundation of creation and the structure of the Gospel will come crashing down. But the same holds true in reverse, throw out the foundation of evolution and structure of secularism will come crashing down...
Quote: ""The Council of Europe's resolution is clear evidence of the fact that a secularised society desperately needs naturalistic evolution as the metaphysical foundation of its worldview," he stated. "Any threat to evolution is seen as a threat to democracy and human rights - and democracy and human rights are understood in an entirely secular framework as well."
I was watching Revelation TV with my friend Cliff last night, and I was very encouraged to hear John Mackay speaking on this topic. He said that the person who coined the phrase "dinosaur", Sir Richard Owen, was a Christian and a creationist at that. He founded the Natural History Museum in London, which originally espoused a creationist world view. He told Charles Darwin that he wouldn't get his theory into his museum while he was still alive. No mention of Richard Owen's faith in Christ on the Natural History Museum website of course, only the fact that he rejected Darwin's theory of evolution. It seems Owen's faith in a Creator God might be a bit of an embarrassment to the present "scientific establishment".
Quote: "Highly regarded for his science, Owen was also feared and even hated by some contemporaries such as Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895). This conflict was brought to a head when Owen rejected the theory of evolution by natural selection as proposed by Charles Darwin (1809-1882). This created much bitterness towards Owen and alienated a younger generation of naturalists. 'But, as we have before been led to remark, most of Mr Darwin's statements elude, by their vagueness and incompleteness, the test of Natural History facts.'
Praise God that the truth of God's wonderful creation is making inroads into this secularist culture. Perhaps through this witness, many will come to salvation through knowing their Creator, Jesus Christ.