Promoting Intertidal Sciences, Conservation & Education Studies | blog | 22nd Aug | Dr Mike Kent

I had a fantastic week at Creation Fest on the Christians in Science (CiS) stand. Our organization is not a ministry, but a fellowship of like-minded Christians actively involved in science. Our like-mindedness includes sharing a theistic view of evolution reflected in our statement of faith in which

 

we declare our belief in the triune God

as creator and sustainer of the universe,

and our faith in Jesus as Saviour, Lord of all and God.

 

On the Sunday of the Fest, I had the great pleasure of sharing the stand with fellow CiS member Dr Nick Higgs, a Bahamian-British marine biologist. Nick is an expert in Whale-Fall ecology. His research includes finding answers to the question “What happens to whales when they die?”

Although occasionally dead whales wash up on a shore, most fall to the seabed in the deep ocean. In Nick’s words: “In this food-poor habitat the carcasses represent a food bonanza; 200 years worth of food arriving all at once. These whale-falls attract a diverse array of creatures from sleeper sharks to ‘snow-boarding’ worms and are considered important habitats for generating species diversity in the deep sea.  Over 120 new species have been discovered living at whale falls…” One of the weirdest animals are Osedax worms which make a living by boring into and eating the whale bones, which they do despite having no mouth or gut. If you’d like to learn more about Nick’s work, follow the links on his website at www.nickhiggs.com/whale-fall-ecosystems.html.

Creation Fest is a very special event attracting thousands of people who come to the Royal Cornwall Showground to enjoy Christian music and share in the good news of the God who has created us and loves us. At out CiS stand we met fellow Christians with a wide range of views, some differing markedly from ours. We welcomed them all. A few were strongly opposed to our theistic evolution perspective and challenged our interpretation of Genesis. To these fellow Christians, we shared the advice given by

St Augustine with which I finish this blog:

“…In matters that are so obscure and far beyond our vision,

we find in Holy Scripture passages which can be interpreted in very different ways

without prejudice to the faith we have received. In such cases, we should not rush in headlong and so firmly take our stand on one side that, if further progress in the search of truth justly undermines this position, we too fall with it. That would be to battle not for the teaching of Holy Scripture but for our own, wishing its teaching to conform to ours, whereas we ought to wish ours to conform to that of Sacred Scripture.”