Genesis: A Science Textbook?


Posted by Matt Postiff March 22, 2011 on Matt Postiff's Blog under Creation 

The paleoevangelical blog has an entry titled Genesis 1-2: Before We Made It a Science Textbook. It raises the following point:

"...it might be instructive to consider what people who were committed to the complete reliability and authority of Scripture believed–before we felt compelled to read the text as an explicit refutation of Darwinism."

In my work on young earth creationism, I have not thought of the Bible as a science textbook. Given my science studies, I find the Bible very different than a science textbook. The whole idea that we treat the Bible as a science textbook seems to portray young earth creationists as intellectual simpletons who are stuck on defeating Darwin. But Darwin is only one problem, and YEC folks are presenting a positive case for their view from the Biblical text. Many scientific theories can be proposed on a YEC foundation, but the science part is secondary to the Bible part. It is actually the concordists who are stuck on Darwin, and we who are in the YEC camp wonder why they insist on doing that.

May I suggest this rewriting of paleo's statement: "it might be instructive to consider what people who were committed to the complete reliability and authority of Scripture believed–before we felt compelled to read the text as somehow supporting Darwin."

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