A leading creationist and the president of “Answers in Genesis,” Ken Ham, has said that there is no scientific proof of intelligent design. In a radio advertisement last week, Ham told listeners that scientific proof is not necessary for belief in creationism because the bible is all the proof that’s needed. The commercial is being broadcast to promote the Creationism Museum in Kentucky.
Ham went on to explain that while many creationists would like to find scientific proof to explain intelligent design, they’re barking up the wrong tree, because they have a different kind of proof already, and that proof is the Bible.
“You know, many of us would love to have the final proof that evolution’s a lie; the right scientific proof will silence those opposed to biblical creation forever, right?” Ham posited. “Well, no,” he said. “You see, Romans Chapter one tells us that God has revealed himself to man in nature, so there’s no excuse for denying the witness of creation.”
Ham also said that people should not rely on things like reason or critical thinking ability to explain their beliefs, but rather, simply show anyone who doubts creationism a copy of the Bible.
“In fact, we have solid proof in our hands that evolution’s a lie: the Bible,” Ham said. “You see, we can’t depend solely on our reasoning ability to convince skeptics. We present the evidence and do the best we can to convince people the truth of God by always pointing them to the Bible.”
The admission comes as a contrast to views of some in the creationism movement, who seek to discredit evolution by proving theories such as “The universe and the solar system were suddenly created” and “Life was suddenly created.”
Many websites and organizations seek to use the laws of thermodynamics and mathematics to explain why creationism makes sense. The Institute for Creation Research, for example, states the following on its website:
The First Law of Thermodynamics states that the total quantity of matter and energy in the universe is constant. The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that matter and energy always tend to change from complex and ordered states to disordered states. Therefore the universe could not have created itself, but could not have existed forever, or it would have run down long ago. Thus the universe, including matter and energy, apparently must have been created.
Ham’s statements, though, contradict the efforts of such organizations, because in his opinion, looking toward scientific principles for explanation is not going to be sufficient.
The estimated percentage of scientists who believe in evolution is between 95-99.9%. Those scientists say that the earth has existed for billions of years and continues to evolve. According to a website about evolution from the University of California at Berkeley:
At the heart of evolutionary theory is the basic idea that life has existed for billions of years and has changed over time. Overwhelming evidence supports this fact. Scientists continue to argue about details of evolution, but the question of whether life has a long history or not was answered in the affirmative at least two centuries ago. The history of living things is documented through multiple lines of evidence that converge to tell the story of life through time.
Whether or not this new admission by lead creationist Ken Ham will make waves in the creationism community remains to be seen. Ham says there is no scientific proof of Intelligent Design. Will his statements be accepted or rejected by most creationists?
By: Rebecca Savastio