Sunday, November 9, 2008

Thesis 3: Creation, not Evolution

According to the Bible, the world is less than 10,000 years old.[1] During the first six days of planetary history, the earth, all life on earth, all the stars, and the sun, were directly and supernaturally created by God.[2] They did not come into being through a random, impersonal “natural” process, but were intentionally designed and created by an intelligent, rational, personal, and loving Creator.[3]

[1] Obviously this is an interpretive claim. Some Christians believe the Bible is not attempting to teach this.
[2] Those in note 1 above believe that the "days" in this sentence are not 24-hour days. The foundational question is, "Why do they believe this?" If they lived 4 centuries ago and everyone believed the world was less than 10,000 years old, would they still teach that the Bible does not teach a young earth? Or do they teach that the Bible does not claim the earth is only 10,000 years old because that would subject the Bible to embarrassing ridicule? Does the Bible make any claims that many scientists, philosophers, journalists, and bloggers reject? Should we re-interpret the Bible based on the fact that these people reject the Bible's claims?
[3] All sides agree the Bible claims this. But some people believe this claim is false. Should we teach that the Bible actually claims that God did not create the world so that influential atheist commentators don't ridicule the Bible any more?

The Embarrassment of Biblical Chronology

A Biblical Confession on Creation - Vision Forum Ministries

In my own experience, I believed in evolution because I was raised to believe that "scientists" are neutral, objective, unbiased, and trustworthy. The men in white laboratory coats were impersonal and prejudice-free. They were solely in pursuit of the facts and the truth. As I describe here, I discovered that "scientists" are not neutral and sinless. And as it pertains to the theory of evolution, I discovered that Darwin and (especially) his accomplices were downright hostile to the Bible. They were not "scientific."

The "Facts" vs. The Faith

Evolution and Genocide

On Worshipping the Creature Rather Than the Creator Greg L. Bahnsen


I'm always looking for more resources to post on each Thesis. Your suggestions are appreciated.

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