Right now you might be thinking, “Whoa whoa whoa, hold on. I thought Akron Fossils & Science Center was a CREATION science museum! Are they really telling me I should be studying evolution?” Yes! We are! Many advocates of creation science/ intelligent design make the mistake of educating themselves in creation science while neglecting to also educate themselves on the other side of the argument. We buy books and DVDs about the wonders and evidence of creation, but leave material about evolution on the shelf. Our intentions are good, but what if our actions are actually robbing ourselves and our children of the ability to effectively defend what we believe?
If we truly believe that Biblical creation not only stands up to modern science, but is in fact proved by it, then we have nothing to fear when engaging with evolution. What we should fear is not engaging with it. If we do not engage with evolution, we weaken our own ability to defend creation. In light of this, here are our top reasons why you SHOULD study evolution:
1.In order to properly defend creation science
You cannot defend yourself against something you know nothing about. If we do not engage with evolution, we will not be properly prepared with an answer. In every lie, there is a kernel of truth. There are many seemingly compelling arguments and pieces of evidence presented by evolutionists and many creationists have had their faith shaken upon encountering these arguments for the first time. Having never before encountered what seems like solid evidence, people are unable to prepare a defense.
Educating ourselves about evolution, reading material written by evolutionist, not just reading about evolution from a creationist standpoint, and engaging in the current scientific theories and arguments better prepares us to defend our own faith and beliefs.
In order to be a part of scientific and cultural discussions
Dr. Thomas Jay Oord put it best when he stated that, “The Christian ignorant about science is easily sidelined or even cut off from cultural conversations.” (Oord, Dr, Thomas Jay. “10 Reasons Christians Should Care About Science”. RELEVANT Magazine. 18 Oct. 2011. Web. 21 Jan. 2016.). If we do not educate ourselves outside of our own sphere, we should not be surprised when others refuse to engage with us. By educating ourselves on the points of view of others, we are more likely to be taken seriously and more likely to be invited into critical cultural and scientific discussions.
2.To avoid making uninformed arguments
If we do not know the foundational beliefs of evolution, then we risk making ignorant and uneducated arguments, effectively undermining our own credibility. For example, evolution does not believe that humans evolved from apes but rather that humans and apes share a common ancestor. While this may seem like a small distinction to make considering intelligent design believes neither are true, to make incorrect and oversimplified assumptions makes the creationist look ignorant and discredits their arguments.
When presented with some of the complex–albeit often incorrect–science behind the theory of evolution, creationists, who have previously encountered only watered down or simplified versions of evolution, are faced with what feels like an intellectual crisis, sometimes to the point of abandoning their beliefs. While we do believe macroevolution is false, it would be naive to believe that there is no serious and some very real science interwoven into the evolutionary theory. It’s vital that we fully prepare ourselves to understand and acknowledge this science so that we can accurately separate the truth from the deception.
3.To show respect
We want those who believe in evolution to take the time to really understand what we believe and why we believe it without being persuaded by prejudices and assumptions. We should do them the same courtesy. Taking the time to learn and understand another’s point of view shows that we respect their intelligence and we respect them as human beings, which opens the doors for a discussion rather than an argument.
4.Truth can withstand a challenge
The nature of truth is that there can only be one truth. Here at AFSC, we believe that One Truth is that God created the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th and we believe that the God who created the Earth and the scientific principles that govern it also created these things to point straight back to Him. While some will try to distort this truth (and some do it very convincingly), the truth cannot be changed. As a result, we should never be afraid to learn about views different than our own. In fact, doing so presents a fantastic display of trust in the validity of intelligent design. The truth can withstand a challenge. God’s word will not fail under scrutiny.
We hope that the above points have shown you why it is important that you take some time to begin learning about evolution and the arguments that it makes. One word of warning: while we must take the time to understand opposing viewpoints, it is equally vital to be thoroughly informed about what is happening in the world of creation science and to know the teachings of the Scripture. 2 Corinthians 11 warns us that many will disguise lies as the truth. Know what you believe and why you believe it so that you will not be shaken by well crafted deceptions. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 sums it up perfectly, reminding us to …“examine everything carefully; hold fast to what is good.”
At Akron Fossils & Science Center, we don’t shy away from the truth. During our tours and presentations, we thoughtfully examine the world around us through proven scientific evidence and principles. If you would like to learn more about us or schedule a visit, please call us at 330-665-3466 or explore the rest of our website at akronfossils.com!