Re: Acme Academy statement on evolution

Dick Fischer (
Tue, 24 Sep 1996 21:31:24 -0500

Hi Dean, you wrote:

>Some assistance desired:

>The great majority of those who call themselves evolutionists
>seek to explain origins apart from a personal, superintending God,
>and many of their conjectures about origins are based on faith in
>their philosophic presuppositions; they are not based on the
>scientific method.

A bit accusatory here and not true at all.

>For instance, the scientific method has consistently shown that
>there are observable changes within similar classifications of living
>things over time -- changes that appear to permit these organisms to
>survive longer. This is sometimes called "micro-evolution."
>However, to extrapolate from these small changes the whole
>framework of natural selection as conjectured by Darwinism is not a
>careful scientific judgment; it is a philosophic leap of faith.

As is creationism. It's just that the theory of evolution is data-driven,
whereas the theory of creationism hasn't been postulated yet.

>On the other hand, Acme Academy will not present as
>proven scientific fact Christian speculations about origins that go
>beyond the clear, revealed Word of God (even though some of
>these speculations may indeed prove to be factual some time in the
>future). For example, speculations about the origin and demise of
>dinosaurs will remain speculations when discussed and considered
>in the classroom.

"Speculations?" Surely thee jest.
>Many of the positions held by Christians are positions taken on
>faith in the Word of God.

As it is commonly misinterpreted and misunderstood.

>These positions will not be presented as
>proven scientific fact until they are proven so by the proper,
>unbiased use of the scientific method.

I don't think Acme would recognize a scientific method if Einstein himself
was resurrected and presented it.

>While Acme Academy will not shy away from the continuing
>debate on origins, it will always hold that all things have their
>ultimate origin in a personal, loving Creator who, in the form of the
>Son, created the earth in the past, sustains it in the present, and will
>restore it in the future.

Nothing like mixing in professions of faith while delving into science.

>We also recognize that the origins debate has resulted in great
>conflict within the church and that ...

... statements such as this one probably do more harm than good.

Perhaps there is hope. Maybe the project is not so far along that
it can't be abandoned altogether.

Dick Fischer