The Talking Lion

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Moderate Creationists

I had the unique experience today of spending the afternoon at a military-style prep school for young men out near Palmyra, Va. On assignment to cover the Fork Union Military Academy football team for the Charlottesville Daily Progress, I sat in a sction full of the fans and family of the Fork Union players. To my right were all the cadets in uniform sitting orderly. There were older students who seemed to be monitoring them -- it looked like they were allowed to cheer for the team, but any sort of friendly interraction with fellow students must be kept to a minimum. The fun police were in full force.

In front of me in the middle section of stands was the family of one of the football players. The mother was wearing an American flag visor and the father was wearing a baseball cap and t-shirt that both made reference to the fact that he was an Army Ranger, or at least used to be. In the middle of the first quarter, their daughter arrived, driving down from Birdgewater College to watch her brother play football and spend some time with her parents. It really was a nice little scene. Then the mother asked the daughter how her profressors were.

"Oh, they're pretty good," the daughter said. She then paused, before speaking again: "My biology teacher was talking about evolution the other day and he presented it to us like it was fact, like he didn't talk about any alternatives." Apparently, this was upseting to her.

At this point the mother asked the daughter if she had challenged the professor and his secularist world view in any way. The daughter reluctantly replied that she hadn't, claiming that she couldn't think of anything that would have made up a good defense against this evolutionist.

The mother comforted the daughter, and began to explain the "Christian" alternative perspective to evolution. "Some of the extreme creationists believe the earth is only 4,000 years old," the mother said. "But the more moderate creationists put the age of the earth at around 12,000 years."

Well, thank goodness for those moderate creationists. They provide a much more reasonable perspective than those 4,000 year lunatics...

Yeah. Anyway, the daughter still expressed some frustration, saying she would need some more information to help her defend the creationsit view against her biology professor's secularist assault. It was at this point that the mother pointed her daughter to a website: "This site will give you the information you need," the mother said.

My curiosity piqued, I decided to check out the website myself. If I didn't hear the personal recommendation of the American flag visor woman to her daughter, I would have thought it was a joke. Like a Landover Baptist thing or soemthing, that was just a parody of the Christian fundamentalist movement. But no, this was no joke. This was as real as it gets. Here's my favorite sample from the website:

A ‘young-Earth’ view admittedly receives the scoffing from a majority of the scientists. But Paul warned us in 1 Corinthians 8:2, ‘And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.’ Compared to what God knows, we know ‘next door to nothing!’ This is why we should be so careful to let God speak to us through His Word, and not try to impose our ideas on God’s Word.

So, the lesson here is don't listen to scientists. Ever. Unless it is in clear accordance with the Bible. Awesome.

The fact that anyone would consider this website to be a source of information that a college student could use to arm themselves intellectually against a biology professor is beyond ridiculous. It would be easy to dismiss this website as the work of a couple of extremists that is ignored by all but like eight people. But no, this website is being recommended by a real live person as a resource for a college student looking to argue for a viable alternative to evolution. Scary.


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