2019-06-08 What is creationism?

There are many different types of creationisms. There is:

  • Native American Indian creationism
  • Australian Aboriginal creationism
  • Hindu creationism
  • Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Mormon creationism based on the book of Genesis

Even in this last category there are several subcategories:

Day Age creationists claim that when the bible says that the universe was created in six days those were days in the eyes of God, and a day in the eyes of God could last a thousand years, or a million years, or who knows– maybe even a billion years. And therefore the fairy tale of the creation in the bible fits absolutely perfectly with everything that we have learned about the creation of the universe from modern science!

Gap creationists say that there was a gap in time between the first sentence of the book of Genesis and the second and that a thousand years might have transpired during that gap– or perhaps a million years– or maybe even a billion years. And therefore the story of the creation fits absolutely perfectly with everything that we have learned from modern science!

And there are also young earth creationists. These are folks who believe that when the bible says that the universe was created in six days those were six 24 hour periods of time. And therefore any explanation for the creation of the universe which says that the universe was created in more than 144 hours is completely wrong.

Here is an excerpt from the “Tenets” page of the Institute of Creation Science, the most influential young earth Christian creationist organization on the planet:

  • The Creator of the universe is a triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There is only one eternal and transcendent God, the source of all being and meaning, and He exists in three Persons, each of whom participated in the work of creation.
  • The Bible, consisting of the thirty-nine canonical books of the Old Testament and the twenty-seven canonical books of the New Testament, is the divinely-inspired revelation of the Creator to man. Its unique, plenary, verbal inspiration guarantees that these writings, as originally and miraculously given, are infallible and completely authoritative on all matters with which they deal, free from error of any sort, scientific and historical as well as moral and theological.The Creator of the universe is a triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There is only one eternal and transcendent God, the source of all being and meaning, and He exists in three Persons, each of whom participated in the work of creation.
  • All things in the universe were created and made by God in the six literal days of the Creation Week described in Genesis 1:12:3, and confirmed in Exodus 20:8-11. The creation record is factual, historical, and perspicuous; thus all theories of origins or development that involve evolution in any form are false. All things that now exist are sustained and ordered by God’s providential care. However, a part of the spiritual creation, Satan and his angels, rebelled against God after the creation and are attempting to thwart His divine purposes in creation.

There are four key assertions in this bit of reasoning:

  1. God is perfect
  2. The bible is the word of God
  3. Therefore the bible is perfect
  4. Therefore any explanation for the creation of the world that in any way contradicts the bible is necessarily false

The first statement here is certainly not true of Yahweh, the God of the old testament. See my blog entry on Yahweh the hater here: https://david-seldon-moore.blog/yahweh-the-hater/

The second statement is also false. The bible was written by human authors, and human authors are fallible. As a consequence the bible is riddled with self-contradictions. See this blog entry in which I identify several key contradictions in the four gospel narratives of the betrayal, arrest, trial, execution, burial, and resurrection of Jesus: https://david-seldon-moore.blog/questions-about-the-passion/ If the bible were indeed the word of God then the four gospel narratives of the Passion story should agree in every detail. But they don’t. In fact they disagree on virtually every point of significance.

The bible contains many factual errors. For example, the bible says in Psalm 93:1, Psalm 96:10, and Psalm 104:5 that the earth is fixed and immovable:

The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robe, he is girded with strength. Yea, the world is established; it shall never be moved;

Psalm 93:1 RSV

Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns! Yea, the world is established, it shall never be moved;

Psalm 96:10 RSV

Thou didst set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be shaken.

Psalm 104:5 RSV

But the fact is that the earth does move. See my blog entry on the movement of the earth: https://david-seldon-moore.blog/movement

The bible contains false prophesies. The most important prophesy that Jesus ever made can be found in Mark 13:

“But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

“From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away before all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

Mark 13:24 – 31 RSV

Jesus said that before his generation had passed away the Son of man would come in power and glory and will send out his angels to gather up his elects from the ends of the earth.

And finally the bible chock full of propaganda. The new testament authors all state repeatedly that Jesus is the Christ. Christ is the Greek word for Messiah– so every new testament author claimed that Jesus was the Messiah. But in fact that could not possibly be true, as I argued in this blog entry: https://david-seldon-moore.blog/the-messiah/

Statements 1 and 2 in the above argument are false. The third statement is supposed to be a deduction, but in arguing that point number 2 is false I have proved that the bible is anything but perfect. Therefore statement 3 is not a deduction– it’s an assertion which the evidence shows is not true.

As a consequence statement 4 is not a deduction either. It too is an assertion– one that I will explore in succeeding blog entries.

Copyright (c) 2019 David S. Moore