Review by Greg Neyman
© Old Earth Ministries
Review Published April 2006
Morris and the Institute for Creation Research agrees that both general revelation (nature) and special revelation (the Scriptures) are both truth, and must agree with each other. Morris says the problem arises when too much emphasis is placed on general revelation. I agree...to a point. What Morris really means is that he agrees...until the general revelation disagrees with his young earth interpretation.
When dealing with general revelation, it is all dependent upon who is doing the interpreting. We must all examine the evidence and see if it is true for ourselves, free of any "young earth" bias (or old earth bias). Yes, there will be conflicts, but when 99.9 percent of the evidence agrees with an old earth, and only a handful of observations (taken out of context) agrees with a young earth, it is easy to see what the truth is.
Morris makes the claim that theologians are the ultimate authority on Scripture, and the scientist is the ultimate authority on nature. He goes on to say that "scientists are not omniscient." The implication is that they are not perfect. No problems here. However, the opposite is also true...theologians are not perfect either. He is setting up young earth theologians to be accepted blindly, which is something that nobody should do.
Morris says that scientists are "some of the most biased people in the world." True, but no more so than young earth theologians, who are biased in their beliefs. He goes on to say that "All scientists have inherited from Adam a cursed brain and a fallen mind." I agree...but so have the theologians!
He shows his false understanding of science in the next paragraph. He says that "science and the scientific method are limited to the present." This is not true for astronomy. When an astronomer looks at light coming from distant stars, he is looking at light from events that occurred many years ago...in some cases, billions of years. Astronomers have only the past. To a certain extent, geology also has only the past...we are studying the rocks which formed millions of years ago.
Morris claims that origins events are one-time, unique events and are inaccessible to the scientific method. This is not true, as astronomers are still measuring the effects of the Big Bang.
If taken properly, the "double revelation" theory does not result in the Bible being placed in an inferior position. As an old earth creationist, I believe the Bible first, and then science. Morris claims that every time the Hubble telescope is used, they discover more problems with the Big Bang. This is not true, as the Big Bang is confirmed more and more with each discovery. That does not mean there are not problems with the theory, which young earth creationists like to point out, but they are getting less and less. Theoretically, what would happen if the Big Bang were abandoned? We would simply move on to the next theory that replaced it, and it would not pose a problem for Christians who had previously believed in it.
If you are not a Christian, and you have been holding out on making a decision for Christ because the Church always preached a message that was contrary to what you saw in the scientific world, then rest assured that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, and you can believe in Christ and receive salvation, while still believing in an old earth. Click here for more.
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