Balanced Article on Young Earth and Evolutionary Creationists

The issue of creation and evolution tends to be a “hot button” topic for evangelical Christians, making it a challenge to have a civil exchange.  Journal articles tend to slant strongly to one side or the other. Thus, it was refreshing to read Tim Stafford’s article A Tale of Two Scientists: What Really Happened ‘In the Beginning’, here in Christianity Today (July/August 2012).  He interviews young earther Todd Wood, and evolutionist Darrel Falk. Both of these scientists have made career sacrifices to follow their convictions. Wood opted out of major university research to join a small conservative college in order to pursue young earth creationism, working with Kurt Wise to try to provide an alternative model to  standard science. Falk left a tenure track position at Syracuse University to work at  Nazarene colleges. After writing a manuscript (which later morphed into the instant classic Coming to Peace With Science) reconciling biblical Christianity with modern science, he was accused of deliberately destroying young people’s faith and faced dismissal. James Dobson was brought in to adjudicate, and was swayed in Falk’s favor by reading the (anonymous) essays written by his students on how their biology classes impacted their faith.

In this article, the reporter let these two scientists tell their respective stories fairly, and with approximately equal coverage. In today’s polarized climate, that is no small achievement. Bravo to Stafford and Christianity Today.

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About ScottBuchanan

Ph D chemical engineer, interested in intersection of science with my evangelical Christian faith. This intersection includes creation(ism) and miracles. I also write on random topics of interest, such as economics, folding scooters, and composting toilets. Background: B.A. in Near Eastern Studies, a year at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a year working as a plumber and a lab technician. Then a B.S.E. and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. Since then, conducted research in an industrial laboratory. Published a number of papers on heterogeneous catalysis, and an inventor on over 80 U.S. patents in diverse technical areas.
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2 Responses to Balanced Article on Young Earth and Evolutionary Creationists

  1. TJT says:

    Why you have hidden your emaid address? I want to send letters to you and debate.

    • TJ, I have not found it to be a fruitful exercise to debate with young earth (YE) creationists. On any single specific issue for which they claim there is evidence of young earth, and which I have dug down into the facts, I find they are incorrect. Please see, for instance, my “STAN 2” letter ( https://letterstocreationists.wordpress.com/stan-2-2/ ) on this blog. This lists quite a few claimed evidences for a young earth (erroneous radioactive dates, polystrate fossils, amount of salt in the oceans, etc.) that were all bogus. I have shared the results of my researches on this blog, regarding evolution in general (see STAN 3 and STAN 4), and geology (Grand_Canyon_Creation), which you can read. However, YE creationists can always jump to some new argument, even as their old ones are disproven. I am not a professional biologist or geologist or theologian, so it can be a lot of work for me to drop what I am doing to go chase down some new YE claim.

      I used to have YE creationist views myself, prior to examining the data, so I understand the mentality. I am sure that you are putting faithfulness to the Bible as a very high priority, and I respect that. If you insist that only a wooden literal reading of Genesis is acceptable, your brain will be unable to process the full scope of evidence about the physical universe. This psychology is called “Morton’s demon”, and is discussed in Grand_Canyon_Creation article on this blog. Again, this makes it pointless to debate.

      My suggestion to you is to re-examine your assumptions on Bible interpretation. Read II Tim 3:15-17 and ask yourself what areas is Paul claiming that the Old Testament speaks authoritatively on. I have a high view of the historicity of the New Testament stories, since these are more or less eyewitness accounts, written down within one generation of the events. I have a different view of the Genesis narrative, which I discuss in “Adam, the Fall, and Evolution”, and in “Was the Expanse Overhead in Genesis a Solid Dome?”. I offer this view as an approach to appreciate what God was actually accomplishing with the Genesis narrative, which was not primarily to teach geology. If you do not find this helpful, then you are welcome to develop your own views.

      I wish you blessings in your journey towards growing in faith and understanding,
      Scott

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