This is a response to David Travis’s editorial about the trustworthiness of the scientific explanation of evolution and an earth billions of years old.
After high school, I enrolled in the University of Michigan. Extremely intelligent science teachers and one philosophy teacher explained the “proofs” of evolution and an old earth and a Bible full of myths and half-truths. My faith in the Bible and in the God of the Bible was destroyed.
At the age of 35, I came across the teachings of scientists from the Institute for Creation Research (please check them out on the web). Although these scientists believed in the inerrancy of the Bible, they believed scientific evidence against evolution and for a young earth far outweighed evidence supporting what I had been taught in college.
In fact, the ICR scientists dismantled every one of the so-called “proofs” of evolution and an old earth I had been taught. In each case, they quoted prominent evolutionists and old earth scientists who did not agree with their colleagues.
ICR scientists believed the Bible was inerrant not on “blind faith”, but because solid evidence backed up the natural and supernatural events recorded in Scripture. For example, we have letters of correspondence between early churches dating back to the early 2nd century containing quotations from the New Testament. Piecing these quotations together can reproduce 90+ percent of the New Testament.
This is powerful evidence that the New Testament was indeed written in the 1st century by the apostles, close associates of the apostles and two brothers of Jesus. These eyewitnesses provide powerful testimonies that would convince any court. It is true that the supernatural is not scientific, but that does not mean the supernatural cannot be supported by evidence that is scientific.
Jay W. Shutt