The usual creationist websites haven’t mentioned the recent passing of John Glenn at the age of 95. He was a genuine hero who was also an elder in his church. The creationists’ silence is shameful, but understandable.
It’s explained in this article from the Religion News Service: Astronaut and senator, John Glenn saw no conflict between faith and science. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
John Glenn may best be remembered as one of the 20th century’s greatest explorers, the first American to orbit the Earth and, later, the oldest man in space. Glenn also will be remembered for his long career as a U.S. senator, representing his home state of Ohio for 24 years as a moderate Democrat.
But less well-known is the fact that Glenn, who died on Thursday at age 95, was an elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) who saw no conflict between his beliefs in God and in science.
That’s the problem for creationists. The article then says:
He told The Associated Press last year he believed scientific discovery – including evolution – should be taught in schools.
You can imagine ol’ Hambo’s reaction to that. The news story continues:
“I don’t see that I’m any less religious by the fact that I can appreciate the fact that science just records that we change with evolution and time, and that’s a fact,” he said. “It doesn’t mean it’s less wondrous and it doesn’t mean that there can’t be some power greater than any of us that has been behind and is behind whatever is going on.”
This is the Associated Press interview: John Glenn: Evolution should be taught in schools. It doesn’t say any more about teaching evolution than was already quoted above. Here’s one more excerpt from Religion News Service:
And in a space-to-Earth news conference during his second space flight at age 77 in 1998, Glenn told reporters his view of space only strengthened his belief in God. “Looking at the Earth from this vantage point, looking at this kind of creation and to not believe in God, to me, is impossible. To see (Earth) laid out like that only strengthens my beliefs,” he said.
Creationists probably disagree, but John Glenn was a good man, and his passing marks the end of an era.
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