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    Monday, March 20, 2006

    Creationist, Intelligent Design, Scientist... Can't we all just get along?


    I know a Missouri Synod Lutheran, and they apparently believe in the 7 day
    account of creation in the Bible.

    I am of course an advocate of
    Intelligent Design, since with eyes wide open, God's design and power and
    presence is obvious.

    And Scientists? They are just looking at their
    scientific realm. Like the design of a water faucet, they are not talking about
    God, just science.


    The rub seems to be when they refuse to talk about God. Some Intelligent Design
    folks don't like the "randomness" of the scientists explanation. So what?
    Leave
    them to their craft, and leave us believers to our God. Believers will
    see God
    in all the scientific explanations, and non-believers won't.

    It may be
    that atheists are proud of the fact that science does not
    address itself to
    positive belief in God. But they have nothing to be proud
    of. Science is not
    religion class. If we are worried about how our children
    will learn religion, we
    just have to teach them about God before they get to
    science class, and all will
    be well.

    I admit that Creationists are a
    different case. Their literal
    Biblical reading couldn't be farther apart
    from what science is telling us.
    I would suggest that when Creationist
    parents are asked by their kids why
    science does not support the 7 day
    creation account, the parents simply answer
    "I don't know". That is what the
    following account of a Nobel laureate scientist
    also says... "It will always
    come down to something you can't answer".

    We can't expect science to
    teach religion. But we know that when the
    scientist can not answer the
    ultimate question of our origins ..


    "At
    some point, when we
    understand the Big Bang theory and the origins of the
    universe, it will be
    based on an equation that explains it. But we'll never know
    where the
    mechanism of that equation came from."

    ...That the scientist is
    talking
    about the person we call God.

    Lederman, 83, shared the 1988 Nobel Prize in
    physics for his work with neutrinos, among the fundamental particles of the
    universe. Lederman, who lives in Chicago, is director emeritus of the Fermi
    National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois and a former professor at Columbia
    University. For 20 years, he has been one of the nation's leading voices for
    improved science education.

    Q: Why do you object to teaching creationism?

    A: We live in a rational world, which operates on scientific principles. Successful societies are scientific; the others are pre-scientific. Countries where there is constant poverty, terrorism, warfare and religious fundamentalism never do science. If (the effort to teach creationism) continues, we'll have kids who don't know biology, don't know science, don't know evolution, and we'll be a Third World country.

    Q: Can one believe in God and science?

    A: If you believe in science, you're going to have to weaken your belief in miracles, but it doesn't mean you can't believe in a creator. At some point, when we understand the Big Bang theory and the origins of the universe, it will be based on an equation that explains it. But we'll never know where the mechanism of that equation came from. It will always come down to something you can't answer.

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