Perhaps my greatest surprise over the next year was the realization that all scientists – secularists and creationists alike – are working from the same evidence. Since not one of them was there when it happened, the best anyone can do is find the explanation that fits all the evidence and leaves no loose ends.
In many ways, it’s like a classic Agatha Christie murder mystery replete with conflicting and incomplete evidence. For the local officials, no matter how they assemble that evidence, there’s always something that doesn’t quite fit. Until along comes Hercules Poirot, or Miss Jane Marple, to take a fresh look at all the clues. Before long, voila! Hercules or Jane are unveiling the only possible solution, the only scenario that accommodates all the facts.
The mystery surrounding the origins of the universe is like the finest Christie whodunit. There were no human witnesses to the critical event, and there’s only one solution that accounts for all the evidence without mandating a Rube Goldberg-esque series of just-so stories.
Consider just a few of the holes that every “all natural” origins theory must plug in order to make what appears, to the public, to be a coherent case for itself. Where did space come from? And all the compressed matter? What caused the Big Bang? How did life spring into being? Ah, yes, secular origins scientists have proposed solutions to all such questions – but they are nothing more than ideas, with no facts to back them up. These ideas simply must be so, because otherwise their whole God-free house of cards collapses.
What’s more, these origins scientists make liberal use of red herrings, lies, cover-ups and misrepresentations of the clues. I’d like to say that Agatha herself would be proud of such subterfuge, but in truth I think she’d be embarrassed by its clumsiness.
Fortunately, there are plenty of true Poirots and Marples in the scientific community. They looked at all the evidence and discarded the theories that don’t fit, including the hole-ridden theory of Darwinian evolution. They then turned to the Bible and pointed to the only solution that fits all the facts: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
Of course, all the non-Poirot and non-Marple origins scientists routinely scream bloody murder over this denouement, insisting that God could not have created everything because He doesn’t exist. And besides, they sputter, science excludes the supernatural.
But that’s okay. Poirot and Miss Marple had their detractors, too. In the end, they knew exactly whodunit, didn’t they?
And when it comes to the most important whodunit of all, it’s no mystery to those who’ve taken their blinders off. Have you figured it out yet?