RE: [asa] How to respond to a YEC's version of "science"

From: Dehler, Bernie <>
Date: Tue Jan 06 2009 - 11:38:14 EST

Hi Paul-

 I would agree with him that "a day = a day." The literal way is the best way to take it. However, from science we know that the world/universe was not created as the Bible literally says. Therefore, a different hermeneutic must be used to understand it. Lemoureux supplies this by saying there are three parts to concordism: theological, scientific, and historical. Only the theologic holds. The science and history is incidental, but also important as a vehicle to carry the theological message.

 Also explain to him how the church went thru this already with the Galileo affair- same thing only different.

 Finally- submit the irrefutable truth of evolution from the DNA code- pseudogenes and fused human chromosme #2.

 Also tell him that, according to studies, most scientists believe in God, so it is a lie that most scientists are atheists and have an atheistic worldview.


From: [] On Behalf Of Paul Bruggink
Sent: Tuesday, January 06, 2009 7:23 AM
Subject: [asa] How to respond to a YEC's version of "science"

I just had a Facebook dialogue with a YEC who is a member of the same Baptist church that I am. It started with him all pumped up about Ken Ham's Creation Museum, which he had just seen while visiting his brother, who is a lead artist for the museum. I had been proposing that Genesis 1 is God accommodatng his message to the Israelites, a la Gordon Glover's "Beyond the Firmamant," etc. It ended with this Facebook comment from him:

"Agreed that the Bible doesn't "teach science". Rather science explains what the Bible sets out. Again, that's what AIG does. The science is there, man. It's just not the one sided research & filtered science with which we've all been inundated. While neither of us would reject the gospel, I'm leary of a theory that rejects other parts of the Bible. That's where we diverge. Moreover, I believe the Bible does tell us how God created. He spoke it into existence. I buy the "a day = a day" theory, especially when the Bible asserts it and science backs it up. Again this is what AIG does. Thanks for the banter. Talk to U later."

The facebook dialogue is over, but I'm reasonably certain that I'll have an opportunity to continue the discussion face-to-face or some other way in the near future. Any suggestions as to how to respond in a useful way?

Paul Bruggink, ASA Member

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