Tuesday, January 2, 2007


9:36 AM Posted by: M., 0 comments

HOW OLD IS THE GRAND CANYON? PARK SERVICE WON’T SAY — Orders to Cater to Creationists Makes National Park Agnostic on Geology

Washington, DC — Grand Canyon National Park is not permitted to give an official estimate of the geologic age of its principal feature, due to pressure from Bush administration appointees. Despite promising a prompt review of its approval for a book claiming the Grand Canyon was created by Noah's flood rather than by geologic forces, more than three years later no review has ever been done and the book remains on sale at the park, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

“In order to avoid offending religious fundamentalists, our National Park Service is under orders to suspend its belief in geology,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch. “It is disconcerting that the official position of a national park as to the geologic age of the Grand Canyon is ‘no comment.’”

full article: http://www.peer.org/news/news_id.php?row_id=801

I read this and I can't help but think that us Christians may be undercutting ourselves and God by trying to keep our eyes and ears closed to anything that may be deemed as secular science. I think I believe that God used an evolutionary tactic (I'm not sure about macro evolution) in creating the earth and that it didn't happen in 7-24 hour days (although I'm sure he could have done it if he is God). In this, i think that MAYBE science could be a really interesting place to learn more about how God does things--not a dividing line where we begin our initiative to discriminate and alienate other people who think science is really interesting. Look at geology--mountains formed by earthquakes, veins of alternating minerals swirling through--why couldn't those earthquakes have really created those patterns and God just created the earthquakes? Maybe science is there to kind remind us how totally mini and incompetent we really are compared to God? maybe not. Maybe "secular" science is totally compatible with Biblical or God science and that we don't have the capacity to see and understand all the connections? maybe not. I don't know. But I just really feel that taking a hard line on certain topics may lead us toward loss rather than a more holistic understanding of the earth and God. but who am I to say?

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