Where Creationists go Wrong

It is unreasonable to assume that ancient legends can trump the findings of modern science.

    Even the fathers of the Christian Church recognized that the book of Genesis is allegory.  Perhaps the best quote in this regard comes from Saint Augustine.

    “Usually even a non-Christian knows something about the Earth, the heavens, and other elements of the world...

    Now, it is a disgraceful and dangerous thing for an infidel to hear a Christian,  presumably giving the meaning of the Holy Scripture, talking nonsense on these topics, and we should take all means to prevent such an embarrassing situation, in which people show a vast ignorance in a Christian and laugh it to scorn.

    The same is not so much that an ignorant person is derided, but the people outside out household of faith think our sacred writers held such opinions, and, to the great loss of those for whose salvation we toil, the writers of our Scripture are are criticized and rejected as unlearned men.” (as quoted by Miller, K., 2008, Only a Theory. Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul.)

   Although this quote was penned more than 1500 years ago, St. Augustine’s comment is valid today.  By attacking the objective facts of evolution creationists are putting Christianity in a poor light among many educated people, while at the same time obscuring the many valid concerns they have about how evolution is presented.

Saint Augustine - image from Wikipedia