According to people in the creation-science movement, there are scientists today making strong statements that deny the Bible and the Christian faith. I would agree with them; it is a serious problem. I do not think, however, that creation scientists have made the best diagnosis of the problem, and their remedy just may cause more harm than good.

One argument creation scientists use is that the sciences totally exclude any reference to God and so they appear to be atheistic. They conclude that the ground rules and image of science must be changed drastically in order for “true” science to emerge.

But I look at the question differently. It is when scientists make religious pronouncements (such as denying the existence of God), basing their reasoning on their science, that the real problems arise. So rather than try to make science more religious, our job as Christians is to help keep it more honest. To put it bluntly, we must decide whether the major difficulty lies in evolution or in evolutionism. It is a distinction eloquently made by C. S. Lewis in his essay on “The Funeral of a Great Myth”:

“The central idea of the Myth is what its believers would call ‘Evolution’ or ‘Development’ or ‘Emergence.’ … I do not mean that the doctrine of Evolution as held by practising biologists is a Myth. It may be shown, by later biologists, to be a less satisfactory hypothesis than was hoped fifty years ago. But that does not amount to being a Myth. It is a genuine scientific hypothesis. But we must sharply distinguish between Evolution as a biological theorem and popular Evolutionism which is certainly a myth.”

This distinction must be made, and it is the the single most important issue in the current controversy. As long as evolution is ...

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