When Rowan Williams speaks a dense fog descends. This is what he says about Creation....with comment by Tony Pearce. As the infamous Druid Rowan Williams, who heads up the shambles that is termed "The Church of England," is still regarded by the ill-informed as some sort of "Christian leader," we are putting this article back on the site so the world can see he is no Bible believing Christian. ALANFRANKLIN.
Archbishop weighs into Creation debate.
Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, hit the headlines with The Guardian (21/3/06) proclaiming triumphantly ‘Archbishop: stop teaching creationism.’ In the course of a long interview published in the paper he said: ‘I think creationism is a kind of category mistake, as if the Bible were a theory like other theories. … If creationism is presented as a stark alternative theory alongside other theories, I think there’s just been a jarring of categories.’
Exactly what he means by this is not clear which is what we have come to expect from an Archbishop who seems to regard making obscure and ambiguous remarks the best way to get his message across. When asked directly ‘Should creationism be taught?’ he replied, ‘I don’t think it should, actually. No, no. And that is different from saying – different from discussing, teaching about what creation means. For that matter it’s not even the same as saying that Darwinism is the only thing that ought to be taught. My worry is creationism can end up reducing the doctrine of creation rather than enhancing it.’
How tragic that those who are supposed leaders of the church give ammunition to the opposition rather than defending the faith! Darwinism is the only thing that is taught in our schools, TV programmes and museums. It is presented as a scientific fact and the only explanation for how we came to be here which cannot be questioned. Anyone who believes in Genesis is generally mocked as believing the equivalent of there being ‘fairies at the bottom of the garden.’ Nevertheless Darwinism is a flawed theory which fails to offer any explanation for how matter appeared in the first place.
Recently I wrote to Professor Richard Dawkins after his TV show rubbishing Christianity and questioned his ‘faith’ in evolution: ‘You are asking people to believe that something could come out of nothing, that an explosion could create an ordered universe, that incredibly complex life forms could arise spontaneously out of non life and have the ability to reproduce and develop higher life forms. I don’t believe this! But you are allowed to teach this to our children and to ridicule those of us who don’t believe your theory on TV without giving us a fair opportunity to give a reasoned defence of our faith.’ As yet I have received no reply.
Dr Williams’ surrender before the forces of secular humanism was compounded by his statement in The Guardian article on morality. He said that society was missing the point in expecting the church to be in the business of moral leadership. ‘I just wonder a bit whether when an archbishop condemns something, suddenly in the bed sits of north London someone says, ‘Oh, I shouldn’t be having pre-marital sex’, or in the cells of al-Qaeda, somebody says, ‘Goodness, terrorism’s wrong, the archbishop says so. I never thought of that.’ I am not sure that is how it is.’
It is interesting that Romans 1 connects denial of God as Creator with abandonment of morality. This makes sense because if we do not believe that God made us why should we keep the commandments He has given us? As our generation flounders in a mire of moral relativity leading to greater and greater social chaos, what we need is ministers of the Gospel who are not afraid to speak out for God as Creator, Redeemer and Judge who calls us to repent of sin and believe in the only sacrifice for sin made by our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross.
Whether people in north London bed sits or al-Qaeda terrorists take note is not the point. The point is that the truth should be declared so people have the opportunity to make the right choice. If they make the wrong choice it is their responsibility. The growing apostasy of the professing church which denies the Lord and waters down the Gospel is yet another sign of the last days of this age (2 Timothy 3-4, 2 Peter 2-3).