The creation scientists at Ken Ham’s Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — have some parental advice for you. Their article is When To Introduce Your Kids To Evolution.
It’s by Scot Chadwick, whom we haven’t encountered before. He’s written only a few articles for AIG in the past, mostly about family matters. He begins by briefly describing a couple of articles from other websites about teaching evolution to kids. He doesn’t like those. He says, with bold font added by us:
But both of these views misrepresent evolutionary ideas as science and even make these ideas a prerequisite to performing any scientific enterprise. Evolutionary ideas seek to explain the origin of the universe and the diversity of all it contains according to natural processes occurring over a long time. The term evolution can refer simply to change over time, which we can observe in nature today. But when the term evolution is used to describe the origins of all living things from a common ancestor, we are now speaking of something that we can neither observe, test, nor repeat in the present world. We regard the evolutionary viewpoint as an erroneous, humanistic worldview that contradicts the testimony of Scripture and that misconstrues observable science.
Aside from that, Scot has even more reasons why evolution is all wrong:
[T]he record of Genesis presents an order of events quite at odds with the process asserted by evolutionary ideas. Also the millions of years of death necessary for the evolution of life directly denies God’s warning that death came as a punishment for Adam’s sin [scripture references]. Evolutionary ideas do not harmonize with biblical creation and undermine the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Well, that settles it! So why should you ever expose your children to such nonsensical and Satanic ideas? Scot explains:
This is not to suggest that parents should not teach their children about evolution. Evolutionary ideas pervade our culture, and we may not ignore it. We should teach our children to think critically, evaluating assumptions and arguments for and against evolution.
Our approach toward teaching our children ought to be filled with truth of God’s Word first, then incrementally identifying and refuting false ideas.
That’s great advice! Let’s read on:
Our children should acquire an understanding of evolutionary ideas, particularly as it contrasts with a biblical creation viewpoint. Here are a few essential ways in which evolutionary ideas and biblical creation present a different narrative of life:
Do we need Scot’s list of conflicts between science and the bible? Not really, but here are a few:
• Starting point: Man’s fallible ideas vs. God’s infallible Word
• Age of universe: Billions of years vs.Thousands of years
• Fossils: A chronological record of once-living organisms vs. A record of death and rapid burial mostly as a result of the Flood
You get the idea. Scot continues, with an example of how your child may become confused by science:
[T]he NPR article [one of those he mentioned at the beginning] suggests the following activity for you and your children: “On a starry night, we may take our child outdoors, point out the Big Dipper, and talk a little bit about the long, long time it takes for the light of distant stars to reach our eyes.”
Scot is no fool. He tells us what’s wrong with that:
This narrative presupposes that distant starlight takes millions and even billions of years before we can see it on Earth. The child would likely conclude that the universe is unquestionably older than the Bible suggests. But these vast astronomical distances are a problem in an evolutionary viewpoint as well.
To illustrate the “problem,” Scot links to this ICR article, which we haven’t bothered to read: Light-Travel Time: A Problem for the Big Bang. Instead of referring your kids to that, he suggests telling them this:
Wow! Look at these beautiful stars that God made for us to enjoy. The Bible says that God made the stars at the same time as our sun and moon, on Day Four of the Creation Week. Some of these stars are millions of light-years away. But remember that a light-year is a measure of distance, not time. We are not sure how light can travel such great distances even over billions of years, but scientists who start with God’s Word have developed several ideas to explain how starlight could have traveled here in a short amount of time.
Isn’t that wonderful? This is from Scot’s final paragraph:
In short, parents should not be intimidated by “the science of evolution” or its proponents. … Adherence to God’s Word does not require blind faith as belief in evolution does.
That was great advice. Thanks, Scot!
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