Worldviews at War

Creation versus Evolution


Worldviews at War

 


The evolution/creation debate has been around for along time. It flared up in the nineteenth century after the publication of Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species, which became quickly popularized in England and spread across Europe. Many believe that Darwin discovered evolution. In reality, its roots can be traced to the prehistoric confrontation between men and their Creator. According to Henry Morris, a scientist and author widely considered to be the father of the modern creation movement, Darwin happened along at the right historical moment to spark a movement that was really just the renewal of an ancient idea:

“The fact is, however, he really only served as the catalyst for revival of ancient paganism, coming at just the right time in history to bring to fruition a revolt against God for which many in Western Europe had been preparing for over a century.” (Henry Morris: The Long War Against God, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids 1989, p 151)

Evolution, since Darwin, has gradually taken over Western culture. Today, it has taken root in all major academic disciplines. Sadly, some church bodies have subscribed to evolution in some form or fashion, evidently not understanding evolution’s atheistic premise. Churches accept evolution because it comes dressed in the garb of scientific authority but, in fact, it is a movement whose main thrust is to do away with God. The acceptance evolution has gained in higher education has led to its regard by many elites in education and the media as the only intellectual option. It has become an accepted worldview.

A worldview may be defined as a framework for understanding reality. It is that set of core belief by which knowledge is filtered, decisions made, values established and priorities set. Every human being, young or old, has within himself a worldview. It is nurtured in childhood and adolescence and grows ever more deeply ingrained with age. Worldviews can, however, dramatically change as, for example, when an individual is born again and becomes, as the Bible puts it, “a new creature in Christ.” Those who encounter Christ and commit themselves to the Word of God experience a transformation that often radically alters their worldview.

A creationist worldview starts with belief in God, the Creator of all things. It is centered on the inspired Word of God that provides an account of the beginning of the universe and of man. It also supplies an early history of the world in the first eleven chapters of Genesis. It characterizes creation as “very good” in Genesis 1. In Geneses 3 it describes the fall of man and the ramifications that are observed in a world placed under God’s curse. Genesis records a great judgment in chapter 6, the worldwide flood that produces effects that influence the way the world appears today. The establishment of different nations with unique languages and cultures is recorded in Genesis 11. The events recorded in Genesis 1-11 form the creationist worldview and demonstrate man’s accountability to his Creator.

The evolutionist worldview, by contrast, has no place for God. It regards the universe as self-creating, with eternal matter and energy. Many evolutionists briefly acknowledge God as the great initiator who, after starting time, space, and matter, stepped away to simply let natural law take over. The evolutionist worldview regards man as in control of his destiny and basically good—the latter an idea that sharply departs from the Christian idea that man is a fallen, sinful creature saved only by God’s grace. The evolutionist worldview has no moral absolutes because all things are believed to change with time as evolution progresses. The Christian worldview, however, regards moral absolutes to be part of the structure of reality as created by God.

Creationist Worldview
Evolutionist Worldview
Based on God’s Word
Based on Man’s Word
Creator/Outside IntelligenceUnknown internal process
AbsolutesRelativism
Accountability to GodAccountability to man