Why do you imply that it is atheistic to hold that God used natural processes to accomplish his goals in creation?
Gish: Creation took place by direct volitional acts of God, which were finished at the end of the sixth day of Creation. Natural processes are the product, not the source, of that creation. We must not confuse the course of natural events that followed Creation with the supernatural events that occurred during Creation. The very basis of the fight of the American Civil Liberties Union and other atheistic organizations against balanced treatment for creation laws is their claim that only nontheistic, mechanistic explanations for origins is permissible. These organizations frankly recognize evolution as an atheistic explanation, and students logically perceive this as a fact whether you admit it or not. Indoctrinating students in evolution theory is condemning millions to an atheistic view of life.
Would not your argument against a blind-chance origin for the universe be equally consistent with (a) either an old or young earth; (b) a gradual evolutionary change guided by divine intelligence?
Gish: (a) Yes; (b) Absolutely not. According to the evolutionary hypothesis that is universally accepted by evolutionists and taught in every public school and university in the U.S., no intelligence, no guidance, no control of any kind other than that inherent in matter was involved. One cannot ascribe any intelligence, most particularly divine intelligence, to a process in which almost all of the events involve harmful mutations and, even in the case of the supposed rare beneficial mutations, the mutants prevail through struggle and death. To call this “creation” makes a mockery of both what evolutionists believe and the Bible ...1
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