Resolution 1580 (2007)/5/cmt/en

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5. Creationists question the scientific character of certain areas of knowledge and argue that the theory of evolution is only one interpretation among others. They accuse scientists of not providing enough evidence to establish the theory of evolution as scientifically valid. On the contrary, creationists defend their own statements as scientific. None of this stands up to objective analysis.

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  • question the scientific character... -- Yes, those who believe in creation is soon the only ones who really dare question the evolutionary belief system. But the Council of Europe doesn’t refer to any documentation or to any real examples of where these questions are handled seriously. The Politicians of the Council of Europe should of course not be occupied with controlling peoples personal views, and not publish sweeping references to what most people think, including scientific institutions (see the end of this resolution). It is utterly dangerous to demand belief in authority (a public authority has no right to decide what’s “true”, such must instead undergo careful examination) and later force others to share the same belief as well.(MM/RIL)
  • certain areas of knowledge – Belief in evolution affects other areas of knowledge yes, but also in those cases it is the underlying (large scale) evolutionary principle we question.
  • None of this stands up to objective analysis -- Analyses of reality will stand up because reality will not change regardless of starting point.
    Creationists can start, just like evolutionists, from a preliminary interpretation of reality. But believers in creation present many arguments for the belief in creation which believers in evolution cannot, or don’t want to answer objectively. A belief based on observations of reality, which fits well with the historic narratives of the Bible, does by no means mean that it’s automatically wrong to write about it or believe in it. (MM (/RIL slightly modified))
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