Saturday, 14 May 2011
Atheist Blogger: Hugh Ross is a Young Earth Creationist
In a book co-written with Dr. Fazale Rana, Hugh Ross argues for an old earth.
At times, one might encounter interesting claims in blogs. Recently, Austin Cline of About.com had this to say about Dr. Hugh Ross:
“Mel Andrews appears to be a creationist -- and a Young Earth Creationist too, since he cites Hugh Ross as an authority. He certainly denies any sort of theistic evolution.”
Interesting claim. At first glance, it would seem that astrophysicist Huge Ross has repented of his old-Earth views. However, his organisation Reasons to Believe still teaches that biblical genealogies contain gaps and that Earth is 4.6 billion years old, so About.com’s claim is a bit off the mark.
Mr. Cline has previously for instance claimed that Darwinian evolution is "as well attested in science as gravity or plate tectonics" and dismissed the historical reality of Jesus' miracles.
I hadn’t heard of Mel Andrews before but he seems to be a Christian artist living in California. Cline quoted his Twitter feed. Mr. Andrews was discussing whether miraculous healings (like I have done here and here) are possible.
Austin Cline denies everything that has to do with the supernatural so he has to believe that the universe made itself from nothing and that miracles cannot possibly happen.
But judging from his views of Hugh Ross’ apologetics, I would still be a bit sceptical of this kind of denialism.
Cline, Austin. 2011. Mel Andrews: God Does Heal Amputees! About.com.