I’ve covered this topic in an earlier post, but it deserves repeating. There’s a certain false dichotomy so central to Creationism that many who argue against it don’t seem to notice it’s there. I’m talking about the idea that, if evolution/Big Bang cosmology/target du jour is wrong, Creationism – and by extension, Christianity – must be right.
Creationists consistently behave as if these are the only two options. Of course, this is not how science works, but then when have Creationists ever been interested in doing science? Even if Ben Stein topples modern science (I won’t be holding my breath), even if evolution and Big Bang cosmology were conslusively proven to be absolutely, 100% wrong, that doesn’t mean that Christianity is right. It doesn’t mean that God exists, and it certainly doesn’t mean that we should all accept religious doctrine in place of science to explain the origin of the Universe and life. If you want your…’hypothesis’ (I guess?) to be taken seriously, you need positive evidence for it. Trying and failing to sling mud at the other guy isn’t the same as advancing evidence for your own ideas.
I’d also like to point out that ‘God did it’, or more aptly, ‘The Bible’, is not a good explanation for anything. Let’s consider the question, ‘How did the Universe come to exist?’ A Creationist would say that God willed it into being. Is that a satisfactory answer? Hell no, for the following reasons:
- It’s unverifiable. How can we tell if God created the Universe or not? What state should we expect the Universe to be in if the Christian God didn’t create it?
- It’s unscientific. Where’s the evidence? In response to a question, you’ve answered with what is little more than a guess.
- It opens the door to any reasonably plausible, supernatural explanation for the origins of the Universe. God you, say? I see your Yahweh and raise you my Hindu pantheon! Please, show me why one is a more plausible explanation than the other.
There is a very good reason why science demands evidence and experimentation to support a theory. Without them, we become lost in a sea of guesswork, superstition and irrational explanations that do little if any ‘explaining’ at all.