Unless otherwise stated the articles are by David W. Norris
Of course, evolution has little or nothing to do with what we think about fossils and dinosaurs. What we are discussing here amounts to two rival faiths. One says God created out of nothing and into nothing, the other claims the universe was brought about by powers within nature over billions of years. Between these two belief systems there is no position of reconciliation still less and ground of compromise. One is false, if the other is true.
The cross of Calvary has little meaning in modern atheistic Britain. Did Jesus ever exist, surely we are dealing with a fairy tale? Darwin has shown us the folly of our ways. No longer do men praise God that they are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). We are nothing more than accidents of evolution. Love is something neurologists can uncover as an exchange of dopamine molecules across receptors in the amygdala. God died a long time ago. He died when the universe turned to a multiverse at the behest of theoretical physicists. We learned there was no Creator when they discovered there exists only an infinite succession of universes having no beginning or end. This is a grown up bedtime story we have written for ourselves with no one to read it to us, that does not end with ‛they all lived happily ever after’.
" All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." (John 1:3)
There the red rose of Sharon unfolds its heartsome bloom
And fills the air of Heaven with ravishing perfume:
Oh! To behold it blossom, while by its fragrance fanned
Where glory—glory dwelleth in Immanuel’s land.
Anne R. Cousin (1824-1906)
The introduction of Free Schools by the British government has been grasped as an opportunity by some Evangelicals. Free Schools are essentially independent state-funded schools set up by parents, charities, faith groups and often previously existing schools. Setting aside for a moment the question as to what business the State has involving itself in education, accepting money from the State to run a Christian school may well stabilise finances in these hard-pressed days, but at what cost?
The teaching of creation in State-funded schools has from the outset been at the centre of widespread controversy. It has given wind to poisonous articles by those who would like to see an end to all things Christian and are simply using the occasion to try to achieve their real aims. The Department for Children, Education and Schools has made its position very clear: “Creationism, intelligent design and similar ideas must not be taught as valid scientific theories.” The then Education Secretary, Michael Gove, seemed uncertain and the guidance to schools unclear when he said that applications for Free School status from creationist groups would be considered on a case-by-case basis. Under pressure from the British Centre for Science Education, the self-styled ‛leading anti-creationist organisation in Europe’, Gove was compelled to say that he would “not accept any academy or free school proposal which plans to teach creationism in the science curriculum or as an alternative to accepted scientific theories.” Mr Gove is “crystal clear that teaching creationism is at odds with scientific fact”. Such statements ought to be sufficient to deter any Christian group from seeking to open a Free School.