John Glenn on Creation and Evolution 


A true American hero died yesterday. John Glenn died at the ripe old age of 95, having lived a full and adventurous life. He got his first taste of flying when he was only eight. He flew a toral if 149 combat missions during World War II and the Korean War. At the time of his death, he the oldest surviving member of the Mercury 7, a group of military test pilots chosen by NASA in 1959 to be the first astronauts. On February 20, 1962, on the Friendship 7 mission, he became the 5th person in space and the first American to orbited the Earth.  He orbited the Earth over 100 times. Over the course of his career, he also served as the president of RC Cola, a US State Senator, and even ran for US President. In 1998, he became the oldest person to fly in space when the 77 year old climbed aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery as a payload specialist.

Shortly after that last historic space flight, John Glenn said the following:

“I pray every day and I think everybody should. I don’t think you can be up here and look out the window as I did the first day and look out at the Earth from this vantage point. We’re not so high compared to people who went to the moon and back. But to look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is, to me, impossible. It just strengthens my faith.”

This religious sentiment amongst astronauts is common. Another astronaut, Dom Gorie, said he had vivid memories of looking out the window during his space flight and thinking there was

 “no other way it could have formed without a creator.

This echoes the words of the Apostle Paul:

For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. Romans 1:20

On the other hand, the Creation may point to a Creator for many astronauts, but it didn’t keep John Glenn from advocating for the teaching of evolution in schools. A year ago, he made the following statement in an Associated Press interview:

“I don’t see that I’m any less religious by the fact that I can appreciate the fact that science just records that we change with evolution and time, and that’s a fact,” Glenn said. “It doesn’t mean it’s less wondrous and it doesn’t mean that there can’t be some power greater than any of us that has been behind and is behind whatever is going on.”

With due respect to this true hero, I have to disagree with his assessment of evolution. Despite what he had been led to velieve, microbes-to-man evolution is only an incontrovertible fact if pure naturalism is. If a supernatural Creator exists, then we must concede that all that science chained to pure naturalism can do is give us all-natural answers that may or may not be true and are certainly false where the supernatural was involved. 

Logically, we need to know when the supernatural is called for over the all-natural answer. Unfortunately, science chained to pure naturalism is blind; it cannot even consider the possibility of the supernatural so it cannot tell us if and when the supernatural was involved. Fortunately God did give an Eyewitness Account that has been supernaturally authenticated by fulfilled prophecy and the Resurrection of Christ, so that we can know when to trust all-natural science and when supernatural agency was involved.

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