August 1, 2008

Humanity's Creation

I am almost finished with Bill Bryson's book A Short History of Nearly Everything. Bryson includes a quote from leading scientist Dr. Tattersall: "One of the hardest ideas for humans to accept is that we are not the culmination of anything. There is nothing inevitable about being here. It is part of our vanity as humans that we tend to think of evolution as a process that, in effect, was programmed to produce us."

The quote is aimed a people who think that modern humans are the ultimate goal of all humanity and that evolution was steadily moving toward us. But this is also a sad statement of atheistic evolution.

As Christians, wherever you stand on the creationist---evolutionist scale, there is more to our existence biblically than this statement allows. The theological arrangement of Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 places human beings as the pinnacle of God's creative work. Genesis indicates a direct human connectivity to the purposes and will of God because of this unique God and Human relationship. We are not special in our own right, but as being made so by our Creator.

I don't believe as Christians we can remove God from any explanation of science and creation. I don't believe we have to be tied to only one explanation of how things have developed in creation, but I certainly believe that whatever and however it developed God was part of it.

I am still amazed at how much of scientific explanation of the creation and how the world works is based on skant evidence and a lot of bias, opinion, and theory. It almost as though they are looking at a blade of grass and extrapolating and describing the entire ecology of the earth.

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