One need not cruise the Net very long to encounter a plethora of anti-creation and anti- Christian sites. This is strange in light of society’s insistence to be more tolerant and sensitive toward others.
One website attempts to “expose” the Christian faith for what it supposedly is, “unreasonable, aggressive, and intolerant” and Scripture as having “errors, contradictions, and impossibilities.”
Such cynical musings certainly don’t align with the real world, however. Recently, Brad Stetson reviewed a book by A. J. Schmidt, Under the Influence: How Christianity Transformed Civilization. Stetson summarizes Schmidt’s book by saying it’s a “comprehensive and remarkably thorough investigation into all that Christianity has given human civilization. Foremost among these gifts is respect for [people]. From saving the throwaway babies of the Roman Empire, to opposing abortion, to caring for the sick, elderly and handicapped, it was with the advent of Christianity that the weak were protected and human equality became a reality. Other contributions include the invention of hospitals in the fourth century, as well as orphanages and charitable organizations. Further, the Christian inception of universities gave us the basic concept of higher learning that has contributed so much to human progress.”
This is certainly true when it comes to the nature of science. In The Soul of Science by Pearcey & Thaxton (1994), the authors quote the writing of evolutionist Loren Eiseley who stated that science “‘demands some kind of unique soil in which to flourish’ . . . what is that unique soil? Eiseley identifies it, somewhat reluctantly, as the Christian faith. ‘In one of those strange permutations of which history yields occasional rare examples,’ he says, ‘it is the Christian world which finally gave birth in a clear, articulate fashion to the experimental method of science itself.’ Eiseley is not alone in observing that the Christian faith in many ways inspired the birth of modern science. Science historians have developed a renewed respect for the Middle Ages, including a renewed respect for the Christian worldview culturally and intellectually dominant during that period. Today a wide range of scholars recognize that Christianity provided both intellectual presuppositions and moral sanction for the development of modern science.”
One may wonder aloud why atheists spend so much effort and time to attack the Biblical faith of millions while all but ignoring other beliefs. Could it be that no one wants to waste time discrediting a counterfeit?