Originally posted by paradox
Originally posted by jude11
I am not a Christian but am asking this question out of curiosity and not rudeness. Maybe I should have made that clear in the OP.
There is no other explanation. They believe the bible word for word and believe fossils and such are put there as a way to "test their faith."
Like I said, borderline retardation.
I've been both a Christian, and a Creationist, for over 25 years, and never in my life have I heard anybody say that fossils are put there to "test
The key point is this.
The issue is not one of evidence, but one of interpretation of that evidence. The difference between creationists and evolutionists is not a
difference in the evidence that is accepted by those communities, but in how that evidence is interpreted. For the creationist, the evidence points
toward one particularly significant event in many cases: a global flood (as per the story of Noah).
Because many evolutionists do not accept this event as factual, their interpretation of the evidence is vastly different. But the point here is this:
evolutionists interpret the evidence according to their framework of belief. Creationists interpret the evidence according to theirs. So ultimately,
it doesn't actually come down to the science on the issue - both sides have valid scientific arguments for what they put forward - but the theories
and motivations behind the science.
Let me give you an example.
The Grand Canyon.
We can take a look at the evidence (the canyon itself), and an evolutionist will tell you that the canyon formed gradually, over millions, even
billions of years, and will point to the evidence of the various strata within the rock to support their argument. The river at the bottom of the
canyon, they argue, wore down the rock over billions of years to form the canyon that we know today.
A creationist, on the other hand, would tell you that... while there is SOME truth to the evolutionary theory, this actually happened over a much
shorter time frame. During the flood, not only was there an exponentially greater volume of water, but the Bible tells us that the earth itself broke
open and "great springs" came forth from the deep.
Now, the point here is that both the evolutionist and the creationist are going to be able to present you with valid, scientifically plausible views
for what they believe. The question is, what underpins those beliefs?
For the creationist, the underpinning belief is that God created the world in six days.
For the evolutionist, the underpinning belief is that the world took billions of years to form into what we see today. This belief is necessitated by
a parallel belief that life itself cannot form without billions of years of chance, and the perfect cohesion of numerous variables enabling that life
This is exactly why the Creation/Evolution argument will never be resolved, too...
because ultimately, it isn't an argument over the science. It isn't an argument over what the evidence suggests. It's an argument over how to
interpret that evidence, fueled by existing a priori beliefs about how everything came into being... and until that argument is resolved, there will
be no agreement.