Friday, February 09, 2007

Creationist faith threatened by fossils

Creationists want to protect you from the evil "Turkana Boy" fossil. Even though he's been dead 1.6 million years, he is still capable of corrupting the faith of little museum-going children!

So of course they want to hide the fossils (HT: Sullivan):

Kenya's world-class collection of hominid bones - primates belonging to a family of which the modern human being is the only species still in existence - is at the centre of a silent but intense war being waged by a section of the evangelical churches.

The priceless National Museums of Kenya (NMK) fossils pointing to man's evolution risk being relegated to the abyss as a section of the Church renews its war on science insisting that the evolution theory contradicts the biblical story of creation.

Bishop Boniface Adoyo of Nairobi Pentecostal Church (NPC), Christ is the Answer Ministries, is championing the 'hide-the-fossils' campaign, which has left scientists and historians perplexed.


Anonymous Mad Latinist said...

What the hell? This is ridiculous. I think your title nails it.

4:01 AM, February 09, 2007  
Blogger Heraldblog said...

I would be in favor of hiding the fossils in a far away, hidden place, if we could put Bishop Boniface Adoyo right next to them.

7:39 AM, February 09, 2007  
Blogger The truth said...

As a Christian and as a Kenyan I feel that the whole evolution vs. creationism debate is a complete waste of time .For hundred of years Kenyans have worshipped and believed in the one true God and studied Evolution. Some of the people involved in the evolution discoveries in Kenya, infact a majority of them are bible believing Christians. Evolution in Kenya is taught in schools from as early as elementary school .I even remember trips to the national museum to see "Lucy”. Christian religious education-CRE is also a compulsory subject in elementary school just like science .Meaning that Evolution is also taught as a compulsory subject.

As a Kenyan I have never had an issue with the Evolution theory! It’s just a theory .My only worry today is the importation of "western values" to Kenya that have nothing to do with Christianity .Faith in God is exactly that! Faith, it can not be hammered into someone .It is a gift from God. A good Christian church should not have an issue with evolution theory. If sound teaching of Christianity is taught the people will know were the truth lies .You can never hide the truth .Church leaders should stop being influenced by American evangelicals who want to Americanize Christianity.(Creation vs. Evolution is an American debate not a Christian debate) Faith can not be gained by locking up scientific theories in back rooms. If your faith in God is so fragile that it can not stand the challenge of an old theory then maybe you need to be reading the bible more and fighting the theory less. it is activities that call for artifacts to be stored /hidden that give Evolutionist a voice .Christian have nothing to fear .We have lived with evolution’s 'evidence' but Kenyans have always known that God created the world including Adam.

The bible is very clear that to the world our faith is foolishness .But none the less it is the truth .We can not and should not hide fossils. Our faith can withstand and indeed it has withstood any challenge thrown against it .Let Creationists and Evolutionist fight it out in America. We know what is true .God created everything .We don’t need to argue about it

5:33 PM, February 09, 2007  
Blogger Zachary Drake said...

Thanks everyone for your comments, particularly "the truth". I like this quote from you:

"Creation vs. Evolution is an American debate not a Christian debate."

I think this is very true, and that Amercian Evangelicals can fail to realize that their particular pet issues are not the same issues as those of the larger world Christian community.

While I am not a Christian and disagree with many of its principles , including some you espouse, it is a great relief to me to hear that for many Christians around the world , Creationism is not an issue.

1:15 AM, February 10, 2007  

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