Friday, February 10, 2006
Feb. 12, 1809 was the day on which both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born. Though we now celebrate Lincoln’s birthday on President’s Day, Feb. 12th is still referred to as Darwin Day and celebrated around the world.
Hundreds of churches will be singing the praises of Charles Darwin this Sunday. This is not a joke! It’s one more milestone for civil religion. This Sunday, Darwin Day will be celebrated in American churches every where. The same folks who put together the Clergy Letter Project, a letter supporting evolution signed by over 10,200 American pastors, elders, and Christian teachers in America have signed away the authority of Scripture. These pastors and leaders have signed a statement that inappropriately forces the integration of evolution into the text of the Bible, or worse, reduces the Bible to allegorical “moral stories”.
Imagine, a church celebrating a philosophy that contradicts everything Christianity is founded upon. To think that folks would go to church, sing hymns, pray and then hear a message essentially telling them that they were not created by God; instead they were randomly formed when some cosmic dust burst together. Then they hear that life just sort of happens, there's no purpose, it's all random!
What is this all about, really? Who or what is behind all this? Does the church of Jesus Christ need an Evolution Sunday? What does civil religion have to do with this? Is this science merely masquerading as a friend of religion? Either way, it hardly seems Christian, unless Charles Darwin is made a saint. And, of course, according to atheist and chief evolutionist Dr. Richard Dawkins from Oxford University: “Charles Darwin hit upon a truly brilliant idea that elegantly explains all of life on earth without any need to invoke the supernatural or the divine” (cite)
BTW: Is your pastor on this list?
Paul, mentoring Timothy, says, “Preach the Word!”
FYI: An Alternative and Competing Call For Creation Preaching Sunday Here: GenesisOne.org.
What is the work of creation? The work of creation is, God’s making all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of six days, and all very good. - Westminster Shorter Catechism