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» ‘Irreligious Jew’ Wants to Open Up Debate Over Creation

His visit to the Creation Museum didn’t convert him but did get him to thinking.


Ross Marchand, a self-described “irreligious Jew,” has visited the Creation Museum and now points to a problem he wants resolved—the debate/discussion over creation needs to be opened up within the wider scientific community.

Marchard wasn’t converted into a young-Earth Christian creationist by his visit to the museum, but he writes, “going to a place featuring people who aren’t like you and immersing yourself in ideas you don’t believe in can be a powerful experience.” He thinks it is smart to go outside one’s comfort zone and talk to people with different beliefs. But he believes there is a growing “push back” against such a “liberal experience,” and he isn’t happy about that.

Marchard points to Bill Nye’s decision to engage in the famous debate with Ken Ham in 2014 as an example of what he wants to see more of. Yet, he points to left-of-center bloggers and pundits who beforehand criticized that event by saying “there’d be little to learn from the debate and the event would only fill the coffers of the Creation Museum.” Although he says Ham uttered a lot of “nonsense” during the debate, he also criticized Nye for claiming creationist beliefs are dangerous to scientific innovation in America. Actually, Marchard believes Ham won that point by playing clips of creationist scientists who have made important discoveries and contributions to their fields. Considering that scientists could have “zany ideas” and still make important contributions intrigued Marchard.

The writer in his visit to the museum talked with employees there. He mentions in particular their claim that ancient and medieval accounts of human interactions with dragons was proof that people and dinosaurs coexisted. While Marchard isn’t buying that idea, he says it was thought-provoking enough to suggest that ancient people may have found strange-looking dinosaur bones and used them as inspiration for their dragon stories.

Marchard concludes his opinion piece by repeating his call for opening more dialogues with people holding different viewpoints. “America desperately needs this exchange and grappling of ideas, whether in an oversized-ark or in the halls of Congress.”

Comment: Although Ross Marchand’s call for more willingness to discuss controversial issues is one I believe is wise, his comments regarding creationism especially are of interest to us.

While his visit to the Creation Museum wasn’t enough to convert him into a Bible-believing creationist, at least not so far, it surely has gotten him to thinking. One cannot discount the possibility that a study of God’s Word might be enough to lead him to completely change his mind, if his interest in creationism should cause him to further study the movement.  After all, if St. Paul, a Jew, could experience a conversion from a man who killed Christians to one of Christ’s most outspoken defenders, we cannot say such a change is impossible in the case of Mr. Marchand. Dr. Jerry Bergman points out that a large proportion of Jews even today are creationists or, at least, anti-Darwinists.

Most leading creationist scientists seem to welcome the opportunity to debate their ideas in public. St. Peter writes: “But regard the Lord, the Christ, as holy in your hearts. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15. EHV). When discussing the origin of the universe and living things with someone who is interested in such things, having a knowledge of important scientific facts alongside the Bible, can prove to be very beneficial. Bible believers have no reason to fear the truth. “Sanctify them by the truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17).

Meanwhile, within our own minds and hearts, there is an important conviction, not a debate. The Holy Spirit is here to convince us of what the future holds for all who have come to faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior. St. Paul writes: “I am convinced of this very thing: that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

Reference: Ross Marchand, “Debate in America has Grown Too Fossilized: Take a Journey Outside Your Comfort Zone,”  Catalyst [May 3, 2019].

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About Me--Warren Krug
Decades ago I attended a so-called Lutheran university where I could have lost my faith. The science professors promoted the theory of evolution and made fun of anybody who believed in the account of creation as presented in the book of Genesis. Thanks be to God, some creationist literature and the Bible soon helped get me back on the right track. Ever since then I have taken an active interest in the creation/evolution controversy.

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