Posted by: Jared | May 31, 2007

Why Presidental candidate Brownback doesn’t believe in Evolution.

I thought this was an interesting article coming from a Presidential canaditate that does not believe in evolution.
(I’ll save the ridiculing comments for you guys)

IN our sound-bite political culture, it is unrealistic to expect that every complicated issue will be addressed with the nuance or subtlety it deserves. So I suppose I should not have been surprised earlier this month when, during the first Republican presidential debate, the candidates on stage were asked to raise their hands if they did not “believe” in evolution. As one of those who raised his hand, I think it would be helpful to discuss the issue in a bit more detail and with the seriousness it demands.

The premise behind the question seems to be that if one does not unhesitatingly assert belief in evolution, then one must necessarily believe that God created the world and everything in it in six 24-hour days. But limiting this question to a stark choice between evolution and creationism does a disservice to the complexity of the interaction between science, faith and reason.

The heart of the issue is that we cannot drive a wedge between faith and reason. I believe wholeheartedly that there cannot be any contradiction between the two. The scientific method, based on reason, seeks to discover truths about the nature of the created order and how it operates, whereas faith deals with spiritual truths. The truths of science and faith are complementary: they deal with very different questions, but they do not contradict each other because the spiritual order and the material order were created by the same God.

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  1. Well written, intelligently stated. Seems to end before the entire point is made, though. I was definitely left wanting more, I guess.

  2. Haha, I’m a dumbass. Overlooked the “read more” tab. Whoops.

  3. intelligently put yes. but does that make his argument legitimate? No. Science and Religion have NEVER complimented each other. Einstein believed in god, and in his quest for the unifying theory of everything he FAILED. He made some revolutionary breakthroughs sure but the rest of his work was USELESS because his belief in god stemmed from the possibility that god intelligently designed the universe and he consequentially denied Quantum Physics.

    With every advance in science, more religious doubt has been produced, and the improbabilities of all these events discovered in the bible are pointed to as mere parables. Interesting that their status can change considering once upon a time they were irrefutable FACT. I don’t write a fiction novel claiming everything contained therein is fact and when debunked claim its a metaphor for life.
    THAT WOULD BE STUPID.

    If science and religion complimented each other so well then why is it that throughout the history of scientific thinking Christians in particular were quick to silence the ‘blasphemers’? its stupid that these men can get away with such outright fallacies.

    the reality is christianity tried to explain phenomena and why things existed. science has proved it factually and christianity continues to exist through idiots, schizophrenics who claim to have seen god, the apathetic and the idealism of being a ‘spiritual complementation’. bullshit. let it die off like greek mythology already.

  4. @tony28, I can boil down your argument to this:

    He believes in God, and must be irrational, therefore his intelligently stated arguments are illegitimate and should not be respected.

    I find that extraordinarily pretentious. You must think all Christians have been brainwashed to the point that they can’t think logically for themselves.


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