Intelligent Design

I have been growing more and more convicted lately about the need in our society for people to speak out against naturalistic neo-Darwinism and not be bullied into silence by the contempt with which intelligent design is often regarded. I am going to frame my thoughts here in a series of questions: 1) Should intelligent design (hereafter ID) be taught in schools? Whether ID is right or wrong, students should be given all the facts, hear all the arguments, be free to ask any question, and be free to follow the evidence wherever it leads. This is the essence of…

Satan and the Problem of Animal Suffering (4)

In his book The Problem of Pain, chapter 9, “On Animal Pain”, C.S. tackled this issue and suggested that the Satanic fall may be the best explanation for animal suffering. He wrote that it is “a reasonable supposition, that some mighty created power had already been at work for ill on the material universe, or the solar system, or, at least, the planet Earth, before ever man came on the scene…. If there is such a power, as I myself believe, it may well have corrupted the animal creation before man appeared.” More recently, Gregory Boyd has argued for this…

Satan and the Problem of Animal Suffering (3)

As I type this post I have Planet Earth on in the background, which by the way is awesome and you should not sleep till you have watched every episode twice (okay thats an exaggeration – but they’re good). Having it on renews my interest in this topic and reminds me of its importance. The reason animal suffering is important is that it arouses serious apologetics concerns about the adequacy of the Christian view of origins. Also, more basically, it affects how we view God and the world he created. So, continuing in my thoughts on this issue, I will…

Satan and the Problem of Animal Suffering (2)

In this post I will address some preliminary methodological issues before getting into the various theodicies (answers) to the problem of animal suffering: 1) I do not believe the Bible directly addresses this question, and there is therefore a need for caution, restraint, and humility in our thinking about it. When approaching an ancient text (say, Genesis 1) with a specific contemporary question in mind, it is easy to make the text say more than it actually says, or to apply the text to concerns it was intended to address, or to impose later categories of thought onto the text…

Satan and the Problem of Animal Suffering (1)

The advances of modern science have made it increasingly difficult to hold to a “young-earth creationist” reading of Genesis 1 in which the days are interpreted as literal, consecutive 24 hour periods of time, resulting in a world between 6,000 and 10,000 years old (or occasionally as much as 50,000 years old). Evidence for an older earth is not limited to radiometric dating or processes which could be attributed to the effects of a catastrophic flood – everywhere we look we find evidence of an older earth, and an older universe. The very light from many of the stars in…

Two Arguments against Neo-Darwinism

Although I accept evolution on a limited scale (for example, as an explanation of the different races of human beings), I don’t find the scientific evidence for naturalistic evolution as an explanation of all life on Earth compelling.  I think there are theological and philosophical objections that can (and should) be raised against this theory, but I think that some of the best arguments against it come from within the field of science itself. Here’s a succinct expression of my two main scientific objections to neo-Darwinism. 1) The fossil record Why are there so few transitional life forms in the…