So it’s 200 years since Darwin’s birth next week. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a bit fed up some who suggest that the all Christians believe that the earth was created in 6 days a few thousand years ago. Some go on to suggest that having a Christian faith is incompatible with a true respect for science, and so God is likely to be some kind of ancient myth we’ve held on to down the ages and is now an anachronism with no place in the modern world. I’ve read Richard Dawkins books- including the God Delusion and find them a good read and challenge to some of my thinking, but as even Richard must know, a good scientist can’t dismiss the existence of God because he/she can’t be proven- for the very reason that God can’t be dis-proved either!
Not all Christians are new earth creationist, but most do have a respect and give honour to a creative force in our universe- we just don’t find the alternative view compelling.. As I watched the great Sir David Attenborough explaining his faith of purist evolution on “Darwin The Tree of Life” at the weekend, I couldn’t help be amazed when he said the pattern in living things (DNA) must prove the truth of evolutionary theory because it proves we must descend from apes. I celebrate when I see a pattern, I look for a designer, and I and millions of others are quite relaxed about calling this designer God. I don’t care or ven need to know at this point if it took 6 days, or 6000 million years- a designed and created universe just makes more sense to me. I don’t believe it because I’ve inherited some primitive instinct and suspended my intellect; I believe it because it make sense and feels right- is that what our DNA pattern is realling telling us Sir David? In their discovery of DNA did Crick and Watson uncover God’s bluepint for life rather than evolution’s accidental coming together of stardust?
So let’s have a more intelligent and informed debate on these matters and let’s not see Darwin caught in the crossfire between creationists and atheists. May we celebrate his curiosity and scientific intellect and may we embrace the discussions the anniversary of his birth throws up and remember why this great man was buried at Westminster Abbey.
A recent report by Theos showed that only half of the UK population consistently choose evolution over creationism or Intellgent Design. Only 25% of British adults think that evolution is “definitely true”, with another quarter thinking it is “probably true”.
Nick Spencer, the director of studies at Theos points out that people seem to find the concept of no purpose or absolute morality in life difficult to accept and that maybe the Universe is not a result of chance.
The Amercians have “In God we trust” on their dollar bill and we have Darwin on our curency. A tenner for your thoughts!
For more on the Theos research see http://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/