This is weird.
In the year 2015, where does one go to acquire quick answers to simple or semi-complicated questions? Most of the time, users go to Google. So often, in fact, that Google.com is the number one most visited website in the world. It receives about 3.5 billion hits a day.
To state the obvious, Google itself doesn’t actually provide answers, but rather provides links to other websites that can. However, most of us are familiar with Google’s answer cards—the small excerpts that appear above the search results that are meant to provide the most direct and basic answers. Typically, these answers are reliable. That is–of course–unless you ask Google what happened to the dinosaurs.
Google’s answer card explaining the extinction of the dinosaurs is extracted from a website called answersingenesis.org, a website designed to give Christians talking points to use in debates against those who use science to question the Bible’s legitimacy. An excerpt from the homepage reads:
“Answers in Genesis is an apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively. We focus on providing answers to questions about the Bible─particularly the book of Genesis─regarding key issues such as creation, evolution, science, and the age of the earth.”
Creationists should have no problem with such an answer being plastered on America’s biggest search engine. Nonetheless, the claims made on this site are absurd—almost beyond mention. For example:
“Is Evolution Good Science?
“Some evolutionists have argued that science isn’t possible without evolution. They teach that science and technology actually require the principles of molecules-to-man evolution in order to work. But without uniformity in nature, predictions would be impossible, and science could not exist. The problem for evolutionism is that such regularity only makes sense in a biblical creation worldview.”
According to these people, the only possible way that natural order could exist is explained in the book of Genesis, the same book that tells of a serpent convincing a naked woman to eat a fruit that gives her self-awareness. While many would agree that the Bible is not something to be taken in a literal context, that is the very context used to reinforce ideas that are counterproductive to our understanding of the world around us.
So the question remains: is it appropriate for Google, a search engine that children and adults alike depend on, to pass out answers like this? Do we want answers like this displayed to children curious about what happened to the dinosaurs? One can recognize freedom of religion, but Google is a place where people go for legitimate and factual answers—and there is a fine line between expressing one’s beliefs and attempting to institute them as fact.
To be fair, however, a person who believes God put dinosaur bones in the Earth as a test of faith probably needs Jesus more than anyone else.
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