Saturday, May 06, 2006

The Vatican v. Creationism


Believing that God created the universe in six days is a form of superstitious paganism, the Vatican astronomer Guy Consolmagno claimed yesterday.

Brother Consolmagno, who works in a Vatican observatory in Arizona and as curator of the Vatican meteorite collection in Italy, said a "destructive myth" had developed in modern society that religion and science were competing ideologies.

He described creationism, whose supporters want it taught in schools alongside evolution, as a "kind of paganism" because it harked back to the days of "nature gods" who were responsible for natural events.


"Religion needs science to keep it away from superstition and keep it close to reality, to protect it from creationism, which at the end of the day is a kind of paganism - it's turning God into a nature god.


If someone had predicted sixty years ago that prayer, Bible reading and creation would be thrown out of America’s public schools, well, most in the church back then would have also thought it to be ridiculous.

But … they have happened!

Now, what if I said the following?

If America continues on its present course of abandoning the absolute authority of the Word of God—and teaching generations of students that they are the result of random natural processes—Christians who teach their children to believe that God created in six days will have those same children taken away … and the parents will be arrested for “child abuse.”

Would you scoff and say, “That could never happen here?” Would you think that I’m just overreacting?

Friend, that day may be closer than you think!...


Christianity is now marginalized in what was once the greatest Christian nation on earth. And the more control that secularists grab in this nation, the bolder they will become (following Dawkins’ example) in applying their atheistic philosophy—which simply cannot tolerate Christianity and its absolute morality.

Yes, it could happen one day. In fact I believe that the die is cast and we will face that day in the not-too-distant future … unless Christians start really believing the Bible and acting out their faith! If this generation fails to share the good news of the gospel, beginning in Genesis, your children or grandchildren may be accused of child abuse because they teach the Bible to their children....

Real courtesy Tristero at Digby's Hullabaloo.
Spiel from Ken Ham, March 2006, Answers in Genesis.