Still, this question will come at you before you make it too far down the road – and probably a few more times after that!
Nonsense remains nonsense…
Nevertheless, don’t be intimidated: as Oxford University mathematician, Prof John Lennox says, “Nonsense remains nonsense, even when talked by world-famous scientists.” I would add to that, “Nonsense remains nonsense … even when it’s repeated every day in thousands of media outlets.”
It will take strategy, not just facts
Because this particular brand of nonsense is so prevalent, it will not be enough to just trade in facts. You can, for example, present evidence for intelligent design all day long, and a committed materialist naturalist will just keep saying, “Evolution did it.” Or “Nature,” “natural causes,” or the gods of Time and Chance. Such discussions get old fast, and usually degenerate into name-calling contests.
Good news: tons of free, easy-to-understand, ready-to-use tools
So, what can you do instead? Well, it will take more than one post to answer that; truth be told, probably more than one post series. But, the heartening news is that God has raised up smart, talented people who are providing ever-better answers for ordinary people to use. As soon as we get back on the road, we’ll plug some future destinations into our on-board navigation system, and go in search of those resources.
Let’s try the Institute for Creation Research
But, for today, let’s pull into the parking lot of ICR, the Institute for Creation Research, and see if they are open. Actually, it’s kind of appropriate to start here, because this is where the modern Creationist movement began. In 1961, in response to attacks on the scientific credibility of the Bible, Henry Morris and John Whitcomb published The Genesis Flood – and opened the floodgates for Christian scholars to re-enter the fray.
We’re not staying very long today, but let’s see if there’s anything we can get “To Go.” Hold on a minute while I scan the ICR resource catalog… ah! here’s something – perfect!
Spoiler alert: If Dino’s really went extinct 60 million years ago, why are we finding soft tissues (like blood cells, hair, and skin) in fossils? Shouldn’t the soft stuff have rotted away long ago?
What if the Earth isn’t billions of years old?
I picked this video to start the conversation because – think about it – the Age of the Earth is THE core issue. Evolution NEEDS billions of years to work with: it’s easier to imagine impossible events if you have lots of chances for them to happen. (Not that it means they actually ever happen – but more about that later.)
So, if no billions of years – the Bible’s explanation of The Beginning is back in the game.
For more engaging 2-minute videos like this, visit ICR’s That’s A Fact site.
Then, let’s pray – because this is about so much more than winning arguments:
Father, Elohim, Creator-God,
You said, on the very first page of the Bible, that “In the Beginning, GOD created the heavens and the earth..” You wanted us to know this, and, even more, you want us to know YOU. Our very life depends on you, and our forever life depends on knowing you.
I pray for every person who reads this post or watches this video. Help them to see the truth, to stand in the truth, and live in it. Create in them new life; life that can never die. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, the Last Adam who came to bring life, just as the first Adam’s sin brought death into the world. Thank you for sending Him. Amen.
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