Is fossil evidence a challenge to faith?

Is fossil evidence a challenge to faith?

Just as heliocentrism or Darwinism demanded that many religions had to readjust to a new state of things, also the fossil and geological evidence that contradicts the claims of some holy books are indigestible for those who believe at face value and without the ability to self-correct everything what is poured there.

For that reason, in the face of these new discoveries, the most elementary logical traps have been used. Since the devil is deliberately confusing you until faith is such precisely when it is maintained in the face of facts that invalidate it .

Along the same lines, a biologist named Philip Gosse manifested himself when he realized that the chronology of the world offered by fossil and geological evidence has little or nothing to do with biblical chronology.


So in 1857, this famous biologist and member of the Royal Society who, at the same time, was also a fundamentalist Christian, wrote a book that tried to reconcile both data . By brute force. It was Omphalos (Greek term meaning "navel"). If you don’t believe me, read what he wrote:

that God hid the fossils in the rocks in order to tempt geologists to be unfaithful.

An argument that was made in 1857, yes, but that today is not very different from that made by many others, such as: "faith is believing the impossible" or "such a discovery is a trap of the Devil."

But Gosse’s argument, for someone who belonged to the Royal Society, was quite laughable even for the time, as a friend of Gosse Sr., Charles Kingsley , priest and author of The WaterBabies , wrote :

I cannot… believe that God has written on the rocks a huge and superfluous lie for all mankind.

Two years later, Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species . Today, there are still those who consider Darwinism a theory that is on the same level as creationism.