Some evangelical Christians, including Kirk Cameron, are already poised for war on university campuses to answer this question. [US News & World Report, Creationism Advocates Publish Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species,’ With Rebuttal]. But, they assume two things: (1) the Big Bang theory and evolution are completely exclusive from creationism, and (2) creationism must take a defensive position from the outset. Let’s take each in turn.
(1) Are the Big Bang theory and evolution completely exclusive from creationism? Big Bang holds out that, in one moment, something was created from nothing. Does not creationism hold forth the same – in a mere seven days, God created the entire world and all its inhabitants from nothing? Genesis 1-2. Evolution puts forth that things evolve and change over time. Does not creationism – or, more specifically, Christianity – teach that humans can “evolve” as the result of a new birth experience? 1 Peter 1:3, 22-25.
(2) Creationism need not be defensive because it is the only theory that places a proper value on human life. If humans are merely accidental creations, as the Big Bang theory and evolution teach, then – at their most rational theoretical extensions – human beings have no inherent value. Thus, our society is irrational to the extent that we, on the one hand, promote the Big Bang theory or evolution while, on the other hand, punish murder more severely than any other crime. At least Princeton Professor of Bioethics, Peter Singer, has come to a conclusion that is consistent with Big Bang and evolution:
When the death of a disabled infant will lead to the birth of another infant with better prospects of a happy life, the total amount of happiness will be greater if the disabled infant is killed. The loss of happy life for the first infant is outweighed by the gain of a happier life for the second. Therefore, if killing the hemophiliac infant has no adverse effect on others, it would, according to the total view, be right to kill him. [Taking Life: Humans].
Does this offend you? If so, it is because you see human life as having more value than merely one component in a “total happiness” equation. Yet, only the creationism theory teaches that humans have inherent value because they were created in the image of God, Genesis 1:26-27, and, as a result, are precious to God. Luke 12:7 (“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”).