In my blogpost More Thoughts on Christianity – Cognitive Dissonance and Mental Gymnastics, Philip Rayment said:
On the starting point for Christians:
Actually God Himself said that He created the universe over a period of six days. Even apart from the account in Genesis 1, we have what God Himself directly wrote in stone, in Exodus 20:11: “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them…” You cannot get it any clearer than that. The 6000 years is not as explicit, although the six days itself takes care of virtually all of the supposed 14 billion years of the universe. But the 6000 years is sufficiently clear that almost nobody who believed the Bible believed any significantly different figure. Even Augustine who is often cited (misleadingly) as one who didn’t believe in literal days emphasised that creation was only a few thousand years old.
So for a Christian, the first question, before even looking at the evidence, is, who are you going to believe? The infallible, omniscient, creator, or fallible human beings?
The bolded line (or variants of it) is often quoted YECs. The characters in the Jonathan Park series have used these words to discount any explanation that uses ‘evolution’ in any form.
Elsewhere, Philip said regarding the foundation of scientific knowledge:
The foundation of scientific knowledge is that we were created by a rational Creator who created a rational universe and us as rational, intelligent, observers. Without that foundation, science couldn’t operate. And that, historically, IS one of the reasons that science got started.
I’m confused. We are rational, intelligent observers? Does that mean we can trust our intellect after all? Or, only when it matches up with what the Bible says? And how do we determine what the Bible says? Does it involve using our intellect and reasoning?
In Episode 77 of the Jonathan Park series, the following lovely exchange took place between father and son (I’m doing a cut-and paste):
The Story: Dr Park says, ‘As you know, our faith is rooted in the Scriptures. We start with God’s Word as absolute truth and then when we investigate the world around us, we see that the evidence when interpreted correctly, is in harmony. But there will always be things we can’t explain fully.’
Jonathan says he understands that we are saved through faith but then asks, ‘If it is true, shouldn’t all the evidence line up?’
Dr Park says, ‘Yes, and it does! The problem is we are flawed humans. We don’t know everything or know how to interpret the evidence correctly. This is why we must submit ourselves to God and His ways. Even when we do not fully understand.’
The Facts: Do not be deceived. It all sounds good on the surface.
One of the tenets of young-Earth Creationism is this:
The creation record is factual, historical, and perspicuous; thus all theories of origins or development that involve evolution in any form are false. (emphasis added)
In other words, Dr Park is saying that the evidence doesn’t seem to match what the Bible says because we don’t know how to interpret the evidence. When the evidence is interpreted correctly, it will match what the Bible says. If it doesn’t match, then we’ve interpreted it incorrectly.
* How did Christians cope before the Bible – as we know it today – was compiled? Were the early Christians at a disadvantage having only bits and pieces?
* What do you make of Jesus’ words when He said that the Holy Spirit would guide us into all truth (John 16:13)?
* Is it possible that the idea that ‘the creation record is factual, historical, and perspicuous’ is a product of sinful man’s flawed interpretation?
By the way, I think the cartoon sums it up very accurately.
Posted on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013, in A Storehouse of Knowledge, Bible, Bizarre, Creation Scientists, Creation vs Evolution, Evolution, Faith and Culture, Fundamentalism, God, Institute for Creation Research, Jonathan Park, Jonathan Park Reviews, Logical Fallacies, Religion, Science, Young Earth Creationism and tagged Philip Rayment. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.