This one is a bit of a classic. It’s by Jason Lisle, Ph.D. Jason is the creationist astrophysicist who functions as a retained servitor, credentialed and compliant, employed by the ever-growing creationist conglomerate of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo). Hambo is the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He runs the online creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), and he also created the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum. He is now promoting a new project — a Noah’s Ark theme park named Ark Encounter.
[S]ome highly educated people have argued that scientific evidence refutes the claims of the Bible. How can we answer such people unless we know a lot of science?
The rest of the essay is Jason’s answer, telling people how they can stand up to science when they don’t know any science. If you want to be a creationist, you need this information. Here we go, with bold font added by us:
It’s understandable that many Christians feel inadequate to respond to the lofty rhetoric of the academic elite. But this need not be so. The Bible gives every one of us, regardless of age or formal education, the basic tools we need to defend the faith. You don’t need an advanced degree in science or theology. Anyone can do it. We simply have to understand a few basic biblical principles.
It is indeed thrilling that Jason is bringing hope to the hopeless. Let’s read on:
When we defend the Christian faith, we must avoid the temptation to get side-tracked on secondary issues, such as nuances of scientific arguments. The goal is to quickly hone in on the heart of the matter—the debate is ultimately an issue of competing worldviews.
Bear in mind that when Jason says “the Christian faith” he’s not talking about what most people regard as the essential part of Christianity. He’s talking about young-earth creationism, because that’s where science is a “problem.” We continue:
We all have a worldview (a way of thinking about life and the universe) that shapes our understanding of what we observe. But not all worldviews are equal. Non-Christian worldviews always have internal defects. Because they reject the Bible at their foundation, they end up being inconsistent, arbitrary, and ultimately irrational.
Nothing arbitrary or irrational about Jason’s young-earth creationism! We recently wrote about this “worldview” stuff (see: What Is “Critical Thinking”?) and Jason is carrying on in that tradition. Here’s more:
The Bible teaches that genuine knowledge begins with a reverential submission to God [scripture omitted]. So, to have a worldview that is consistently rational, we must begin with God’s Word as the foundation by which we evaluate the facts. Only God knows everything, so only He is in a position to tell us — on His own authority — what our starting point should be. Only the Bible provides a logical foundation for those things that are essential for knowledge.
Are you paying attention? Good, because now it gets interesting:
In order for human beings to have genuine knowledge of any topic, certain things would have to be true, whether we recognize it consciously or not. For example, the human mind has to be capable of rational thought. The universe has to be orderly and comprehensible. Our sensations of the world around us have to be basically reliable.
That’s the only true paragraph in the whole essay. Moving along:
Most people simply take these things for granted. They don’t stop to consider how human beings are able to have knowledge of anything. Most people just blindly assume that our senses are reliable, that the mind is rational, and that the universe is orderly and understandable.
Hey, Jason: Everything that exists is what it is, and that’s why we observe order. How could the universe be anything other than orderly? As for our senses, if they were unreliable, we couldn’t survive. There must have been countless organisms that failed to survive and reproduce for exactly that reason. We’re the descendants of those with functional sensory equipment. Another excerpt:
Few people think to ask, “Why should knowledge be possible?” The answer is not as obvious as it may seem. In fact, without God, we have no reason to expect an understandable universe.
So, although there is a place for discussing scientific details, it is good to remember that science itself is based on a Christian worldview. We must patiently get the unbeliever to realize that he couldn’t even do science if his evolutionary worldview were true.
We’re only about halfway through, but you’ve probably seen enough If you want more, just click over to AIG and read it all. Well, maybe we can skip around and find one or two more gems. This, for example:
In the end, we know that Christianity is true because, if it were not, then we couldn’t know anything at all.
That pagan Aristotle must have been an idiot! Can we find anything else? Here’s one more:
For example, if evolution were true, we should have no reason to depend on our brain to know what is true because our brain is the result of chance mutations.
That’s enough. Thank you, Jason, for that wonderful creationist essay.
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