Thursday, 12 February 2009
Happy Birthday Darwin!
Sorry to jump on the band wagon but it is a momentous event!
Whether you be (please excuse the broad terms) an Evolutionist, Creationist, or you're into Intelligent design we can all marvel at the work of God in creation and adaptation(re-creation).
I always feel a little sorry for Erasmus Darwin (Charles' Uncle) as he was the one who was the original proponent of the origin of species theory. Charles simply took his ideas and developed them further on the Beagle, collecting data from various places.
What annoys me particularly is the division that has appeared between Christianity and Science as if they are mutually exclusive terms. Science is was traditionally a Christian enterprise. The theology behind it being that God is ordered and therefore his creation is expected to be. A large number of Darwins followers and helpers were infact Christians, particularly clergymen. Darwin himself was a Christian and re-confirmed his belief on his death bed.
Now I myself am a creationist, honestly due more to the inconsistency of Macro-evolutionary science, then the Bible. Genesis 1 and 2 have little or nothing to do with how the world was created. It is a theological writing denoting that God created the world and is therefore above it. Furthermore the created things are simply that and not gods to be worshipped. It was a writing most likely given to aid evangelism and right practice and not to shun others.
Lets stop using it as a barrier from loving our Christian family, and more importantly lets stop letting it be a stumbling block to the Gospel.
So I say Happy Birthday Darwin. I'll see you one day.
Till next time!