A Question I Was Asked:

Do You Understand What Steve Jones Wrote? I Don't!

The British atheist evolution-supporting scientist Steve Jones, who seems to love the media, is reported to have said, "I don't worry when some Christians insist that the world is only 6,000 years old. It is not a problem for science but it is for religion." Do you have any idea what he means?

UK Apologetics Reply:

Funnily enough, Mr Jones also rejects the 'religion and science must be enemies' thing. That is interesting and, of course, I agree with that. Of course, he certainly does not believe that this earth is only 6,000 years old. I think his point is that religion and science must be separate and inhabit different worlds so why worry about what one religion or another believes on this or that point. I am not entirely sure, but he would possibly say that religion is not science and does not claim to be.

What Mr Jones actually wrote (Sunday Times, May 31st, 2014) is:

"Fundamentalists might claim that the Earth is only 6,000 years old, but to laugh at their ideas is to kick a straw man when he is down, and they do more harm to religion than they do to science."

We have to understand that, as an atheist, religion is only seen by this eminent scientist as something which might help people feel good about themselves, or help some people lead more ordered lives. The Christian claim that Christianity is utterly unique and that it represents a genuinely true revelation from a Creator God to His human creation would never be accepted by people like Steve Jones. He - undoubtedly - would say that any such idea is pure self-delusion.

Jones is, unfortunately, not one of the (increasing number) of scientists who are starting to reject modern science's mechanistic, materialist approach, feeling the time must soon come when it (science) starts to become a much wider enterprise once again, just as it was at its beginning. Steve Jones would have none of that but is fully materialist in approach. He also apparently believes that the miracles of the Bible would have scientific explanations if carefully researched and that religion is just some psychological trick of the mind, yet he does not believe that religion and science have to be enemies. Maybe he is even starting to separate himself from the outrageously insulting Dawkins approach.

Any committed Christian would not be able to go along with the committed atheism of people like Steve Jones and much of what he wrote in this article was very condescending. I believe he puts religion on a similar level to poetry (as many of these people do), therefore since science is not concerned about what poets have written, neither should they be concerned with what religion states. This man remains an atheist who is fully steeped in the errors of macro-evolution.

Robin A. Brace. June 1st, 2014.