theories of origins


The scientific method is an objective way to study science and refine theories.

  1. Come up with a hypothesis based on some observation and information.
  2. Figure out a way to test whether the hypothesis is true.
  3. Do the test, with a control group to make sure the data is accurate.
  4. Refine the hypothesis based on the results of the test or experiment. Eventually, after more than one group of scientists go through this process several times, you can start to call your hypothesis a theory.

When discussion of theories of origin come up, many people start to say that those who believe in Creation have “religious” ideas, whereas those who believe in Evolution are talking about a “Scientific” theory. They then take one step further and start to either state or imply that “religious” people are somehow against science.

Recent test results show American students are not performing well in Science, and there has been some discussion that this is related to the debate between creation and evolution that rages in our nation.

I could not disagree more, and I’d like to state my opinion on this subject in a clear and concise manner. But first I’d like to state some facts about me, so you’ll know where I’m coming from.

  • I believe in a literal 6-day creation, as stated in the Bible.
  • I am a conservative born-again Christian and was, until recently, a homeschooler.
  • I attended public school in New York state and got A’s in all of my science classes. In fact, I got a 100% on the Biology Regents exam (despite the teacher saying no one got 100%) and I still know all of the biology answers on Jeopardy. I say this to prove my interest in science.
  • My younger son, who is in 7th grade at our local public school, just got an A on his science test that covered Evolution, despite the fact that the first two bullets, above, are also true of him.

So, here’s my opinion on religion and science:

If science is practiced as noted at the beginning of this article, the conclusion is that Evolution is a theory. The reason for this is twofold:

  • The circumstances and environment that existed “in the beginning” cannot be replicated; nor do we, indeed, even know for sure what those circumstances are.
  • The process that brought about the variety of species of life on planet Earth were not observed by scientists.

Despite this, scientists and those who teach science want to label the theory of Evolution a “fact.” I am not saying that there is not evidence to support that theory. What I am saying is that there is evidence to support another theory, the theory of Creation.

There are scientists who believe in Creation. And of course, I’m sure there are scientists who believe in Evolution. All the time, we are reading about new scientific discoveries that don’t support an aspect of the theory of Evolution. There are lots of problems with the Evolutionary theory, and it’s not only Creationists that are pointing this out.

The truth is this: there is no way to prove either theory, and there is evidence that supports both. Creationists are up front about the fact that it takes faith to believe in a Creator God. Evolutionists don’t want to admit how much faith it takes to believe everything just evolved by some random process. Neither of these positions are pure science.

Those who believe in Creation are not anti-science. Far from it. We want to know the truth of science, and we applaud the study of science. We happen to believe that

  • The Bible, being the Word of the God who created us, the God who was there when it happened, is a true and reliable source for learning about creation.
  • Physical evidence supports the theory of origins as stated in the Bible.

Those who believe in Evolution have other beliefs.

It’s a matter of two conflicting belief systems. It has nothing to do with a conflict between “religion” and “science.”

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You might think there are many theories as to how the universe, including our earth and human life, can into existance; there are many, but they can be divided into 3 broad categories:

  • Atheist viewpoint: for lack of a better name, I’ll call it that. This viewpoint holds that the universe came about by natural means without any help or creative input from a Supreme Being. This is the evolutionary viewpoint, but it’s much more than evolution. Evolution really talks about the origin of living things, and doesn’t discuss how the planets and the stars came into being, nor how the landforms on earth developed. Those who believe in evolution generally believe in a long uniformitarian process that requires billions of years. Uniformitarian refers to the theory that the geologic processes on the earth have always stayed the same and proceeded at the same rate as they do now.
  • Old-earth Creationist viewpoint: Some people believe that God created the earth, and even the universe, but that He did it over a period of millions or billions of years. They hold to the same time scale as those who believe the viewpoint listed above, but they believe God was involved in creating. There are several theories as to how they get the first couple of chapters of Genesis to jive with this timescale, including such things as the Day-Age theory, the Gap theory and Progressive Creationism. I’m not going to go into these here. If you want to find out about them, you can look on the Internet. They have their own websites and you can read about their ideas there.
  • Young-earth Creationist viewpoint: This is the viewpoint that I believe in. My posts will seek to explain things from this viewpoint, and I will link to sites and resources that hold to this view. This is the belief that God created things during 6 literal, historical 24-hour days and that what we observe can be explained using this time frame. Those who don’t believe this often also don’t believe that Noah’s flood was a global flood or they underestimate the effect such a flood would have on the surface of the earth.

I’m not here to criticize other viewpoints, just to clarify my own. Many who don’t understand the young-earth creation perspective say things that are untrue about it. I’ve heard “it’s not science,” and “it’s narrow-minded,” or “simplistic” or even “backward.” But real scientists believe these things, and they don’t just blindly believe it because it says so in the Bible. They believe they see observable evidence that this viewpoint is true.

The reason I’m stating all of this is to clarify the different viewpoints as a way to help you understand my viewpoint. I’m not ashamed to believe these things, and I want to tell others about them. I love learning new things that help me see more clearly that God created the world and that the Bible is true from the very first verse. If you would like to discuss these things, please do so in a respectful manner. Talk about evidence and scientific discoveries and theories. Don’t call people names or belittle other people’s viewpoint. It’s okay if you don’t agree with me. It’s not okay for you to call me stupid or uneducated or blind because I believe them.

I moderate the comments, but once you have one comment approved, you can post other comments without having to have each one approved. I’ll leave things like that as long as I don’t have any problems, and I welcome your comments.