Apologia Pro Fide Mea -- By: George McCready Price
BSac 88:352 (Oct 1931) p. 392
Apologia Pro Fide Mea
Few ideas will be found more perplexing than that pertaining to the origin of our world and of the animals and plants living upon it, if we may judge by the number and the diversity of the theories dealing with the subject. From the crude speculations of the ancient Greeks, down through the scarcely more intelligent “explanations” of this subject as set forth by Origen, Augustine and other leaders of the Christian Church, to the modern vogue of “emergent evolution,” or an origin by slow and gradual natural development, it would seem as if every possible form of origin has been suggested at some time.
The outstanding fact is that the problem remains still unsolved, so far as natural science and philosophy are concerned. For while in our day a naturalistic scheme of development (or what is usually termed “evolution”) is widely held, yet in very important details we still see the gravest disagreement and diversity among its advocates. This diversity proves that permanent truth has not yet been attained by this method. The believer in a divine Revelation may be pardoned for suggesting that there is no prospect of attaining settled truth by any naturalistic scheme in either science, or philosophy, if the Bible is to be trusted; for the simple reason that Creation is always treated in the Bible as a finished work, something not now going on: hence there cannot be in our present order of nature any adequate data on which to base an estimate of how Creation was really accomplished.
In the years 1857, or two years before Darwin’s book, appeared a curious and somewhat prolix book named “Omphalos,” by Philip Henry Gosse, which sets forth at length this prime truth that the present or “natural” order of things does not give us any key by which to explain the
BSac 88:352 (Oct 1931) p. 393
creation of anything. I do not at all agree with Gosse in his attempt to include the geological phenomena within his argument; for there is another easy explanation of the geological phenomena. But Gosse’s reasoning is sound and irrefutable as concerning the origin of the plants and animals; though I had never seen his work when I wrote my somewhat related book, “Q.E.D.,” (1917), which had for its subtitle: “New Light on the Doctrine of Creation.”
There are various methods by which we may learn of our Creator, learn about his character, what he has done and what he is now doing to care for the things he has made. Among the most important of these methods are the study of the book of nature, and the study of that written revelation which we term the Bible. It is sad to have to confess that, on this subject of the origin of things...
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