“Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them” – Psalm 111:2
Finally got things pulled together here. I recommend new readers start with the README page, which describes what is available here and why it matters. This site functions in some ways more like a web site than a typical blog, since the main content resides in big static pages (e.g. STAN 3) rather than being fed into daily blog entries (though there will be some new content there, as well).
The first batch of letters has been posted here as pages across the top of the main window. These are a series of five letters as part of a correspondence with “Stan.” He was urging me to consider young earth creationism, which nudged me into researching the whole creation/evolution area.
Today I will highlight the first letter in this series, STAN 1. This was my first stab in this area, offering early thoughts in response to a letter from Stan where he claimed among other things that mutations are effectively all deleterious, and that there is no evidence that the earth is old. Perhaps the best part of this letter is a prescient quote from St. Augustine, where he notes how it affects non-believers when Christians claim that the Bible teaches something about the physical world that is not true. Here is an excerpt from that quote:
Usually, even a non-Christian knows something about the Earth, the Heavens, and the other elements of this world, about the motion and orbit of the stars and even their size and relative positions, about the predictable eclipses of the sun and moon, the cycles of the years and the seasons, about the kinds of animals, shrubs, stones, and so forth…it is a disgraceful and dangerous thing for an infidel to hear a Christian, presumably giving the meaning of Holy Scripture, talking nonsense on these topics… If [non-Christians] find a Christian mistaken in a field which they themselves know well and hear him maintaining his foolish opinions about our Scriptures, how are they going to believe those books in matters concerning the resurrection of the dead, the hope of eternal life, and the kingdom of heaven, when they think their pages are full of falsehoods on facts which they themselves have learnt from experience and the light of reason?
Feel free to read and comment on this letter. Blessings…..
“It is the glory of God to hide things, and the glory of kings to search them out.” Proverbs 25:2