This weekend Art Hobson, retired Physics prof at the University of Arkansas, wrote an article against creationists you can read HERE. The following is what I wrote in a public response to Dr. Hobson:
Wikipedia does not define “truth,” rather stating that it is relative to the perspective of those making such judgment. Oxford dictionaries say “truth”is what is “accepted as being fact or true. “Art Hobson [Times, July 5 ] certainly has the right and freedom to state what he believes to be true about creation. I am surprised (not really ) that a person so given to scientific fact uses such thin arguments. For instance, what is the basis for his determination that the fossils are indeed millions of years old ? What data is so irrefutable that can make (for him ) such a truth-filled statement ?
The chances of 200 strands of DNA being perfectly formed (and in order ), even if it took 8 billion years, is so astronomically improbable it is difficult to call it science. In addition to that formation, there is membrane, cell nucleus and an environment for all of this to happen. The only thing a person is left with, if denying God as Creator (not even speaking of Christianity at this point ), is that mankind is so amazing that even just the idea of us that was floating around out there for billions of years just compelled thousands of nonelements and chance activities to occur together and form us because we are just that amazing ! Ridiculous. The essential argument here really isn’t about science as much as it is philosophy. The truth is (I know, according to my truth ) that people like Art Hobson just cannot imagine a being anywhere more amazing than mankind, therefore himself. Evolutionists do this by putting man at the top of the evolutionary chain (at least so far ), denying that there is a Creator God. The level of arrogance in Hobson’s article makes the title and the opening almost a farce. Those of us who hold to such “malarkey”are in good company with the framers of the Declaration of Independence, brilliant minds like C. S. Lewis and William F. Buckley, not to mention the revelation of the Bible. Hobson seems to me to be one of the few that could actually stand on the edge of the Grand Canyon and think much of himself. (See Romans 1:18-23)
Mike Lumpkin / Fayetteville
Now the paper did not want to print the full text of Romans 1:18-23, but I appreciate the fact they at least included the reference itself. I struggle with when and how to respond to public editorials like Dr. Hobson’s, but I am driven to do so, not because I think that the Bible or truth need defending in that sense, but simply wanting to state what I believe many in the Christian community would want to state themselves. I do not believe I am the voice of Christians in NW Arkansas, but I’m grateful for the freedom to make statements regarding biblical truth in a public forum. That has not been taken from us yet!
With that, let me commend to you what I told our interns in a recent lecture. 1 Peter 3:15-16 states, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.” Apologetics is not evangelism, but it can (and should) lead to true evangelism. This begins with personal holiness, which I feel a lacking of many times, and preparation. Part of preparation is being resolved in your doctrine so that much effort is given to gentleness and respect.
Our flesh loves to be right at whatever cost. To be gentle and respectful does not mean passive, wimpy, or necessarily soft spoken. It simply means you are not argumentative and if there is a sharpness, you mean no guile. I exhort you all to know God and His Word above all else and you will know any dissenting voices (whether an atheist / evolutionist or a secular pluralist – like Oprah). No matter how blatant or subtle, the enemies of the Christian faith are best battled by believers who resolutely love their Christ enough to know all that they can about Him. Remember, He is your HOPE and hope is something the world does not have…and it makes them ask questions!