Hey, friends! We have finally reached the last section of Natasha Crain’s Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side, titled “Conversations About Science.” YAY!! This last section consists of eight chapters which I will hopefully be condensing into two posts. It’s important to note that Natasha, who likely wishes not to alienate her reading audience, does not promote any one view but rather offers an objective look at creationism and its subdivisions. I want to begin by listing the next four chapters with a very brief description of each, if necessary:
Chapter 33 Why do Christians have varying views on how and when God created the world? Good question.
Chapter 34 What is young-Earth creationism? Holding to a literal reading of the Genesis creation account in which God created everything in six 24 hour days, this is the belief that the Earth is 6,000 to 10,000 years old. YE creationists believe in a literal worldwide flood as depicted in Genesis.
Chapter 35 How do mainstream scientists estimate the age of the Earth? Although she discusses several different methods of dating, Natasha explains that radiometric dating has allowed scientists to estimate that the Earth is 4.56 billion years old. Furthermore, by measuring the expansion rate of the universe, it can be estimated that the universe is 13.8 billion years old.
Chapter 36 What is old-Earth creationism? OE creationists accept that the Earth is billions of years old. Like YE creationists, they believe that God created humans directly rather than through evolution.
*Although it’s not given its own chapter, Natasha also recognizes theistic evolutionists, those who accept evolution entirely as part of God’s plan. However, she gives minimal attention to this group, besides defining them.
To address the question that Chapter 33 asks, I think the answer is obvious—the holy text that Christians believe to be the inerrant word of God has created a bit of a quandary, putting them at odds with science (a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe). Creationism through Yahweh (and I can’t help but to remember exactly who Yahweh really is—the god of war from the Iron Age) offers no testable explanations or predictions, regardless of whether one is an OE or YE creationist.
While YE creationists demonstrate a complete disregard for science, specifically, the theory of evolution, OE creationists are willing to accept it just to the extent that it doesn’t interfere with their overall theology, that being the self-glorifying notion that humans are God’s special creation. If modern humans are nothing more than evolved primates (as is demonstrated through Chromosome 2), then that minor detail about original sin disappears like vapor. No historical Adam and Eve? No original sin. No original sin? No need for a savior.
Christians love to promote a complementary role between science and religion, but the two are on opposite ends of the spectrum. One can be falsified and amended. The other cannot even be tested. One will continue to progress as new discoveries are made. The other will remain stagnant, as it has for millennia. One will continue to answer life’s biggest questions. The other will offer nothing more than new opinions and interpretations. But hey, people make a lot of money on those divinely inspired opinions.
Up next: The Intelligent Design Theory. This should be fun!