by Dr. Stan Hudson, who served as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor for 38 years and is currently the Director of Creation Ministries at the North Pacific Union Conference
“I have been warned that henceforth we shall have a constant contest. Science, so-called, and religion will be placed in opposition to each other, because finite men do not comprehend the power and greatness of God.” Ev 593.
Duh! Ever since Charles Darwin received his Bachelor’s Degree in Religion from Cambridge in England, religion has been threatened by “so-called science.” People forget that Darwin’s primary training was in religion. He was thinking of becoming a country parson, able to delve into his hobbies, like the study of nature, without much trouble. A religion degree in the 1830s, I think, was the equivalent of a general studies degree. It often was the degree for those who simply wanted a college education, but weren’t sure of their career future.
But the religion department of Cambridge was full of professors heavily influenced by the fairly recent trend of “higher criticism” of the Bible; that is, the belief that the Bible was not inspired nor historically accurate. Nature and its laws were becoming more prominent in the eyes of the educated, leaving less room for the presence of a super-natural God. Thus Darwin had a poor education in religion, even though it was at Cambridge.
Add to that the comparatively poor biological science of the early 19th Century and the theory of evolution took deep root. Though I rarely say it this bluntly (publicly, that is!), the theory of evolution is an outstanding example of 19th Century science! Though we have moved well past the discovery of genetics, the theory has stubbornly held on.
“Science,” from the Latin for “knowledge,” has always been a popular thing to try to acquire. Think of the tree in the Garden of Eden! But how rare true knowledge is. If people REALLY wanted truth, would they not seek it from God, Whose Son came as the embodiment of truth? The more I study Scripture, the more I realize how desperately messed up we all are. I wonder at times how God has revealed Himself to me as the loving Creator He is, despite all the garbage in my brain! “The heart is desperately wicked….”
We believe that we have been blessed with “the Truth.” And we have. Despite this, Wikipedia loves to define Scientific Creationism as a “pseudo science.” It’s funny that they use those terms because that is exactly what I Timothy 6:20 warns the church about avoiding: “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called.” The Greek literally says in that last phrase to avoid “antitheses of pseudo science!”
We live in a world where “fake news” is common. And when it comes to origins, we also see “fake science” proclaimed with religious fervor. Look at the opening statement in this article by EG White from the book Evangelism. She predicts a “constant contest.” It’s about light and darkness, the truth from God versus the lies from Satan. At the Creation Study Center we are trying to shed light on the greatest truths ever revealed to mortal man, despite the contesting forces. Man is not animated pond scum, nor a walking mutant. Instead we are all royalty, children of the King. And the King loves us!