Following up on my previous post, found here…..
I’m not sure why there is such an intellectual struggle for some when it comes to reconciling science and faith. It’s a false dichotomy to pit the two against each other. The Scriptures are God’s divine revelation of Himself and of His works in history. Science is the discovery of how things work and how they relate to one another. If creation itself was a supernatural event, why insist upon a natural explanation when it comes to human origins? Professor Enns insists that modern discoveries in evolutionary theory, particularly the human genome project, prove that man evolved from a common ancestor. But why is he interpreting such information within a secular worldview? How does Dr. Enns know the scientific evidence points to a common ancestor rather than to a common design? It seems to me he is quick to put his faith in scientific consensus (a consensus largely produced within a community of unbelieving scientists) rather than in God’s revelation.
The problem with putting faith in scientific consensus is that science is a puzzle with a lot of missing pieces. As the pieces are discovered, from time to time, the overall picture changes. Should we not rather put our trust in the One who created it all? Should we not rest in the fact that science will say no more in the end than that which corroborates what God has already told us? Isn’t it already scientific consensus that people cannot be raised from the dead, and that miracles do not occur? Why doesn’t Professor Enns accept consensus in these areas as well?
I don’t think Genesis 1 – 11 is meant to convey scientific facts about the creation of the world, and therefore anyone attempting to exegete physics and geology from these texts is asking more of them than God intended. However, it is a historical account of what God did and it records the fact that He specially made Adam and Eve. If this be rejected, what in Scripture cannot be? Why isn’t Jesus a divine myth as well? I have yet to receive an explanation of this from Dr. Enns or his proponents.
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