Last night I watched the highly anticipated debate between evolutionist Bill Nye and creationist Ken Ham. Full disclosure: I’m a creationist. But I hope what I have to say here makes sense for both sides of this argument. I believed both raised great points towards one another. Here is really what it all comes down to.
We just don’t know.
Therefore both creationists and evolutionists put their faith in their view of the past. Ken Ham was lightly making this point last night. We simply cannot observe the past, only the effects of the past. And no one can say with certainty how past events happened. Both creationists and evolutionist have their scientific explanations based upon the same evidence. Both have leading experts and passionate defenders.
So can’t we all (creationist and evolutionist) just admit that it takes faith to be on either side? Creationist are unapologetic about this. They say their faith comes from the Bible. Evolutionist just won’t acquiesce.
The major issue with this debate has nothing to do with actual origins, but the role origins play in our search for the meaning of life.
Creationist: If we are made by an intelligent designer, then we aren’t an accident. If life comes from a creator (God), then life has a reason it exists. Therefore there are moral absolutes, governed by the intelligent creator. Those moral absolutes are plainly written in the Bible. Therefore there are absolute answers to issues of marriage and natural reproduction, rights of life (elderly not to be euthanized, babies not to be aborted), and moral guidance of community (such as not stealing, murdering, etc).
Evolutionist: Life happened by chance; all accidental. Since it is all accidental, then there are no moral absolutes. We (mankind) have created morals to simply govern. Therefore, morals could be whatever the governors (those governing) decide. Marriage can be decided by the governors. Rights to life can be decided by the governors. You can see this in our nations government where we (the people) are pressed to govern these, making marriage and rights to life political issues to be voted on and lobbied for.
The answer we’re all looking for: What’s the meaning of life? As a creationist, I put my faith in the Bible and Jesus Christ. I wasn’t there for the origins, and I’ll never state as fact issues that the Bible doesn’t state as fact. But I believe the stories are true. And I believe God can do anything. I take that all on faith.
Evolutionist must admit that they too shape their view from faith. It’s faith in the assumptions of naturalism. I don’t mean that in an insulting way, but you cannot deny that (as creationist have assumptions found in the Scriptures) an evolutionist worldview is based on assumptions as well. That’s why it’s called the theory of evolution, not the fact of evolution.
So here’s to an equal and peaceful search of the meaning of life. (Hint: Answer here).