Creation: Creation And Creationism

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The creation story retold by evolution does little to bridge the distance between faith and science, although “creation scientists” have tried, who, according to Ronald Numbers at the University of Wisconsin, “compress the history of life on earth into less than ten thousand years. To accomplish this, they attribute most of the fossil record to the brief period of the flood and its aftermath. They believe that the majority of plants and animals buried sequentially in the stratified rocks once lived together in the antediluvian world; thus these relics do not represent successive populations of flora and fauna spanning millions of years, as evolutionists and most other creationists would assert.” However, for David Mindell, a professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the differences between creationists and evolutionists cannot be bridged. Call it a “cultural conflict.” “Creationists would like supernatural causation, legitimate within religious culture, to be admitted as a legitimate hypothesis for empirical research, within the culture of science. To do so would run counter to the definition of science, which requires tangible evidence and testable hypotheses.” “Common descent for all organisms knocked humans from their elevated position as the intentional and favored creation of a divine being, wholly distinct and superior in origins, capabilities, and destiny from other forms of life.” James Innell Packer, an English theologian, however, did not seek to reconcile

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