Let’s be honest: some of the arguments used for creation and against evolution are not particularly compelling. Sometimes they’re just not articulated very well. Other times they’re based on outdated data or scientific misconceptions. Evolutionists like to take these arguments and poke fun at creationists, caricaturing them as illiterate, bumbling fools.
Of course, we all know that the case for a creator is perfectly reasonable, even though it’s not always presented that way. And so whenever I hear an articulate, reasonable argument for creation, or whenever I read a fair, honest criticism of Darwinian evolution, I appreciate it.
With that in mind, allow me to introduce Dr. James Tour. He is a professor at Rice University, where he specializes in chemistry, nanoengineering, and computer science. His accolades and accomplishments are impressive.
- He has written over 100 patents.
- He has authored over 500 research publications.
- He was once recognized as one of the top 50 most influential scientists in the world.
Twice I’ve had the opportunity to write about Tour for Christian News Network—once in October 2014 and another time in June of this year.
As someone in the upper echelons of the scientific community, Tour regularly rubs shoulders with many of the world’s top scientists. And, according to him, these scientific gurus privately express deep concerns about evolution.
“Let me tell you what goes on in the backrooms of science—with National Academy members, with Nobel Prize winners,” Tour once said. “I have sat with them, and when I get them alone, not in public—because it’s a scary thing, if you say what I just said—I say, ‘Do you understand all of this, where all of this came from, and how this happens?’”
The answer he usually receives is: “no.”
“Every time that I have sat with people who are synthetic chemists, who understand this, they go, ‘Uh-uh. Nope.’” he said. “And if they’re afraid to say ‘yes,’ they say nothing. They just stare at me, because they can’t sincerely do it.”
And how did life form, by the way? Scientists just don’t know.
“Those who think scientists understand the issues of prebiotic chemistry are wholly misinformed,” he stated. “Nobody understands them. Maybe one day we will. But that day is far from today. It would be far more helpful (and hopeful) to expose students to the massive gaps in our understanding. They may find a firmer—and possibly a radically different—scientific theory.”
I encourage you to read more about Dr. Tour’s faith and personal beliefs (for example, here and here). Feel free to also read my aforementioned Christian News Network articles for more on Tour’s previous comments.
We should be thankful for people like Dr. Tour who courageously swim against the flow of evolutionary dogma and present well-articulated arguments for creation and against evolution.