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Creationism ignores the reality of science

Published 29/11/2016

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Creationists don't understand science.

Creationism ignores the reality of science

Creationists don't understand science.

Neil Degrasse Tyson put it most succinctly: "The good thing about science is that it is true whether or not you believe it."

I note that, in his letter, Norman Campbell (Write Back, November 22) offers no further objection to some biblical stories, such as Noah's Ark, being referred to as myths, but is uncomfortable with the methods used to establish the age of rocks.

Creationist websites are full of challenges to the validity of radiometric tests for establishing the ages of antiquities, but rarely do they display anything other than a weak understanding of science.

However, all this goes much deeper, and we have to ask why biblical literalists try to create a literal interpretation of scripture by inventing improbables, such as miracles.

By their very nature, these are violations of the laws of nature and are, therefore, deemed unscientific, because they cannot be tested by scientific methods.

The entire creationist movement has nothing to do with science; it is about evangelism and saving a literal Bible from uncomfortable revelations that challenge its authenticity.

Creationists should desist from trying to shoe-horn their half-baked theories into the science worldview, because they have nothing to add to our understanding of the world.

BEAGLE

Newtownards, Co Down

Belfast Telegraph

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