June 5th, 2007
09:51 PM ET
7 years ago

Brownback on creationism

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, one of three Republican candidates to say he does not believe in scientific evolution, explained his views on the alternate theory of creationism.

"I believe that we are created in the image of God for a particular purpose," he said at Tuesday's Republican presidential debate. "And I believe that with all my heart. And I'm somebody, I've had cancer in the past, I've had a season to really look at this and study it and think about the end of life. And I am fully convinced there's a God of the universe that loves us very much and was involved in the process."

Two other GOP candidates, Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee have also said they do not believe in evolution.

In a New York Times editorial last week, the conservative Brownback wrote that his views are not as simple as stating he does or does not believe in evolution. He said although he believes God created the universe, that science still plays a role.

"One of the problems we have with our society today is that we've put faith and science at odds with each other," Brownback said. "They aren't at odds with each other. If they are, check your faith or check your science, and we should have a discussion."

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Mike Huckabee • Race to '08 • Sam Brownback • Tom Tancredo
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Andrea, Hattiesburg, MS

    Why don't politicians just give us the basic point of what they mean instead of wording it in such a way they sound smart and respectable?

    Despite any scientific facts put infront of him, he'll throw them out and side with some omnipotent power. What a nice way to run the white house.

    June 5, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  2. Ian Johanson

    Evolution is not a theory! It is a FACT.
    Just because, incredibly, some of our politicians are so ignorant as to think so, does not mean the media should keep pandering to the absurd notion that there is some kind of scientific debate about this, and we should give credence to "beliefs". We might as well ask, in a nationally televised debate, who believes that the earth is flat!

    June 5, 2007 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  3. David Rupert

    I'm not opposed to politicians who have faith - in fact, I think it is necessary to help guide our country. But I want it to be real. I want it to be genuine. I dont want it to be just for the cameras.

    There is a great conversation about Politicians and faith found here:


    June 5, 2007 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  4. Douglas Bundy, Salt Lake City, UT

    The point everyone is missing in the creation vs. evolution debate is that it's not an issue of faith vs. science. Science cannot prove that God doesn't exist, and religion can't prove that he does.
    The Bible's account of the creation was given to Moses and his people, according to their understanding in those ancient days. Perhaps, if God gave us a modern account of the creation, through a prophet like Moses, it might contain more details that we might be in a position to understand, in light of modern scientific discoveries, but trying to explain these things to Moses in his day would have only been confusing to him and his people.
    The bottom line is, belief in God as the creator of all things is a matter of faith, not reason. The epistemological assumptions are totally different.

    June 6, 2007 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  5. Olivia, Peoria, Ill.

    Re last night's debate question on evolution: I'm surprised the candidates weren't asked if they agree that the earth revolves around the sun.

    June 6, 2007 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  6. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Asking Sam Brownback what his beliefs on God are is like asking a super model if she believes in wearing make-up. CNN's line of questioning for both the democratic and GOP debates is mind bogglingly stupid. Brownback's religious beliefs are public record. It is a no-brainer for him to say he believes in a creator.

    I would like to ask Brownback, however, if God created all things as laid down in the bible how basic physics and faith reconcile with each other?

    There are galaxies billions of light years from Earth. If God created all things as they are, Heaven and Earth excluding the theory of evolution, how is it that the light from those distant galaxies can be seen from Earth?

    If everything was created by God at the same time there are only two possibilites, the Earth is billions of years old or God created traveling light with Earth as the focal point. Otherwise God created the universe in steps, starting from the outside in so the light from the outside could reach Earth. And to what end, just so we are able to see distant galaxies?

    Explain to me how science and faith reconciles again please?

    June 6, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |