Category Archives: The Bible and Science
Recently, the investigation into creation, evolution and intelligent design have been taking up much of my time. This has not been an easy undertaking as there are many perspectives on these issues and mounds of data to wade through. The debate on this issue has been extremely heated for as long as I can remember (I’m only 28) and it seems like this debate is only going to continue. This book is a great overview of the issues (if you don’t mind the fact that you are mostly going to get the Christian side of the argument).
The book leans heavily on the research of Dr. Hugh Ross (whom I personally highly respect, but I know many “young-earthers” are not fans of his). The book gives people a clear and easy to understand overview of issues like irreducible complexity, the Cambrian explosion etc. One of the most compelling parts of the book can be found in chapter eight that shows, visually, how improbable evolution based on the massive amount of new phyla (kinds of animals) “evolve” in such a short period of time, which Darwin himself said that would suggest that his theory was incorrect. The “exponential phyla tree” vs “phyla barcode” is a devastating visual that shows just how incomplete the fossil record is OR just how wrong Darwin’s theory is in general.
One shortcoming that this book has (and it is a big one) is a massive lack of end notes (there are sections at the end of each chapter that give book suggestions for further study but they don’t really do much for the specifics they address in the chapters). This is really disappointing considering how important end notes are in technical books like these. It also handicaps the reader for delving into further study on specific points in the book because the reader has no idea where that specific information came from. I understand this is supposed to be an introductory level text, but the lack of end notes is still inexcusable in my view.
Overall, I give it 4/5 stars for a good explanation of the topics, but I can not give a book like this 5 stars with such a huge omission of end notes. I would recommend this for someone who just wants a quick and easy overview of the issues, but if you really want to get deep into the topics, you should look elsewhere.
I’m almost done watching this series of videos and it has been pretty enlightening. Ham and Ross are two of the big names in their respective camps, I just wish John Ankerberg would keep his bias out of the debate.
My biggest qualms so far is that anytime science shows that the earth or universe is older than 10,000 years they insist that uniformitarianism is assumed. While I agree that we can’t automatically assume uniformitarianism, saying that any evidence showing uniformitarianism must be misunderstood, I think, in and of itself, shows bias. To me, it shows that they believe that 6,000-10,000 years MUST be the age of the earth and there is no room for interpretation even though some of the greatest modern Hebrew scholars (Like Gleason Archer) interpreted it that way and early church fathers came to the conclusion of an old earth without any modern science to point them in that direction.
I admit to having presupositions: I grew up LOVING science and being luke warm (at best) for Christ. Thus, most of my life has been spent believing in and old earth. Now I am on fire for Christ, but still thoroughly enjoy science. I can’t change the fact that I have presuppositions, I have to wade through these creation waters with them.
The bottom line here is that regardless on what one thinks about the age of creation, there is nothing in the bible that I can find that having an incorrect view on the age of creation will keep someone out of heaven if they have true faith in Christ.
Nature and scripture do not contradict. Our interpretation of them can and does. I think that by keeping scripture FIRST, interpreting it as faithfully as we can (and acknowledging that there is some room for alternate interpretation within scripture…as long as it is not blatantly heretical), then we CAN use nature to help us correct our interpretations about creation (to a degree).
I’m still undecided on the issue, and I doubt I will ever be 100% on one side on the age of the earth issue, until I meet my creator and ask him myself.
Apologetics 315 recently interviewed Hugh Ross. If you are currently interested in the old earth/young earth debate it is well worth a listen.
Now, I understand that we are not given the context for some of these statements, but you would think for such a famous scientific theory, that these people would be at least on the same page about things as important as the fossil record.
I plan on watching this series of videos once I get a chance. Should spur us on to think more about this interesting, but I would argue, non-essential (at least to salvation), issue.
This is one area where my theology is up in the air. I still believe that the bible is the infallible word of God in the original article, i’m just not sure how to interpret the Genesis account of creation. I really like the point he makes though about this NOT being the most important issue to discuss with people. I Completely agree that the existence/nature of God and his relationship with us is, and always will be more important.