We found a brilliant and very inspirational post at at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.
The title is Do Christians Have More Doubts Than Evolutionists? It was written by David Menton, one of AIG’s creation scientists. Here’s AIG’s bio page for him. They say:
Dr. David Menton holds a PhD in biology from Brown University and served as an award-winning professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis for 34 years. He retired as an Associate Professor Emeritus and now serves with Answers in Genesis as a speaker, writer, and researcher.
Menton’s article first appeared at the AIG website back in 2012, but we ignored it then. Fortunately, they’re posting it again, and we won’t ignore it this time! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
It is often claimed that it takes more faith to believe in evolution than creation. [Yes, we see that a lot!] A creationist must simply believe that an intelligent designer designed intelligently, but a consistent evolutionist must believe that mindless natural processes produced everything in the cosmos. [Hee hee!] Surprisingly, evolutionists seem to have less doubt than many Christians! [Really?] How can this be?
Great question! How does Menton answer it? He says:
I have often asked evolutionists if they ever wondered whether random evolutionary processes could really produce all the marvelous integrated complexity we see in living things. Do they ever wake up in the middle of the night and ask themselves if that hummingbird doing acrobatics around their flower bed could really be the result of pure chance? So far, none has admitted to the slightest doubt.
How is that possible? Menton tells us:
Sadly, it is different with many creationists, whose faith seems to be shaken by every evolutionist claim hyped in the media. While most Christians don’t respond this drastically, we all have our moments of doubt about both God’s written and natural revelation. [Surely, not Hambo!] How often we must join the father who cried out to Jesus, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24).
We’ve never seen a post like this at a creationist website. It’s really quite amazing. Menton continues:
Hebrews 11:1 defines faith: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” We generally don’t think of nouns like substance and evidence when referring to faith [No one does!], but God’s Word is more reliable than eyewitness observation.
Aha! Phooey on mere observation! It’s nothing! Oh, for what it’s worth, we posted this a long time ago in Creationist Definitions:
So what’s the appropriate word to use when one understands a scientific theory and accepts it, based not only on the verifiable evidence, but also on the fact that in all the theory’s tests, it has never been disproved? Obviously, “faith” is inappropriate. Our preferred word is “confidence,” that is, one has confidence in the theory — which is justified as long as the theory is consistent with the evidence.
Anyway, let’s get back to Menton:
So how do we acquire faith in God’s Word? The Bible tells us in Romans 10:17: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Our doubts diminish as our God-given faith grows through Bible study and prayer, but we will always have some doubts until we are raised in our glorified body.
That’s how you do it! Another excerpt:
But do evolutionists really have more “faith” than creationists? Certainly not by the biblical definition. [Big bible quote that ends with this:] “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”
You have no excuse, dear reader. Here’s more:
Not only is God’s handiwork in creation clearly seen by everyone, but God has made it evident to all of us. How then can people deny the obvious? They actually suppress the truth in unrighteousness! [Gasp!] No wonder the evolutionist seems to have no doubts — he or she suppresses the truth.
He’s talking about you, dear reader. And now we come to the end:
Clearly neither scientific evidence nor logic will convince those who suppress the truth they already know. Here the stony hearts of people must be changed by the power of the Word and the Spirit, by which God created the heavens and the earth and all its inhabitants.
It’s probably hopeless for you, dear reader. There’s no way you can avoid the Lake of Fire!
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