Recently I’ve been doing a LOT of writing. Some of you know about my fictional works. I love writing action-packed apologetic sci-fi and I have every intention of getting back to it as soon as possible, but I had one of those odd moments recently where you simply feel God giving you a bit of a nudge in a different direction. In this case, I was happily writing the sequel to Luckbane, when Daniel Hoskins, president of the local Kanawha Creation Science Group, asked me to speak at their annual WV Creation Conference. As I was putting together a new presentation, based on the post Evolutionary Fictions: On Plot Holes, Deus ex Machina and Other Crimes Against Fiction, I had this realization that it was time to write a nonfiction book on a subject near and dear to me.
Many of you are fully aware that my particular forays into the Origins Argument have involved atheist Dr. Michael Zimmerman’s pro-evolution Clergy Letter Project and Evolution Weekend. Through CreationLetter.com and CreationSundays.com, in particular, I’ve set out to expose the flaws of the most widely advertised compromise position between Biblical creationism and millions of year of molecules-to-man evolution. I’m speaking here of non-overlapping magisteria or NOMA, popularized by the late Dr. Stephen Jay Gould in his book Rocks of Ages and espoused by such groups as Biologos, the Clergy Letter Project and the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). NOMA is the idea that religion and science are two different but complementary forms of truth; religion dealing with morality and meaning, while science deals with facts and reality. NOMA commits a logical fallacy called the fact/value distinction where Christianity is concerned; Christianity makes claims [values] that are rooted in historical fact. For example, Paul noted in 1 Corinthians 15:14-19, if Christ did not rise from the dead, our preaching and our faith is in vain, we are yet in our sins, those who have died believing in Christ are dead and gone, and we’re guilty of bearing false witness for saying that God raised Christ from the dead. Furthermore in verses 30-32 of that same chapter, Paul notes that if the resurrection did not occur, those who martyred themselves for the faith did so needlessly, for we would have no promise of any life beyond this one. Jesus Himself refuted the false premise behind NOMA when he said to Nicodemus:
“If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?” [John 3:12]
In Defending Genesis: How We Got Here & Why It Matters, I explore what the Origins Argument is really about. It’s a matter of what we presuppositionally hold as our ultimate authority: science chained to pure naturalism or science informed by Biblical revelation. In Defending Genesis, I demonstrate why the world we observe is most reasonably explained by the Bible rather than pure naturalism. It’s time to remind the Church that we’re really dealing with two different faith propositions. Science chained to pure naturalism can only give us all-natural answers that may or may not be true – and are certainly false where God was involved! Meanwhile, the fruit of presupposing an all-natural worldview as our ultimate authority (or accepting arbitrary compromises with such) is often apostasy, for no man can serve two masters.
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