Well I’m sorry Wookin, but you need to know and you need to care, for the simple reason that you need to make sure that your facts are straight. Not getting your facts straight will make you look clueless and ignorant at the very least, and recklessly or wilfully not getting your facts straight will make you look dishonest. Either way, you will not be upholding the Bible; on the contrary, you will be undermining it. Furthermore, if you have any form of teaching responsibility in your church – whether as a pastor, or an evangelist, or a youth leader, or even merely as a home-schooling parent, not getting your facts straight about something you are teaching is a serious breach of trust. Read James 3:1 again.
People who think they don’t need to know the ins and outs of evolution in order to debunk it end up claiming that it’s about crocoducks and shape-shifting cats turning into dogs. Or that fossils-are-used-to-date-rocks-and-rocks-are-used-to-date-fossils. Or that Sir Arthur Keith said something about evolution being unproven and unprovable four years after he died. Or that radiometric dating is “nothing but guesswork.” Or any number of other similar wild, clueless, blatant falsehoods.
Look, Wookin, citing 2 Peter 3:8 is NOT “jettisoning Genesis 1-11.” On the contrary, it is affirming Genesis 1-11. It is, in effect, acknowledging that no matter how old the earth is, or who or what did or did not evolve from what, that the Bible is still the Word of God and it is still trustworthy and true. Jettisoning Genesis 1-11 means saying “Genesis 1-11 contradicts science therefore it must be a useless fabrication.” By accusing me of “jettisoning” Genesis 1-11, you are ascribing to me a position that I do not hold.
One other thing. “Secular science” – whatever that is supposed to be – has nothing whatsoever to do with it. The age of the earth is determined by measuring things, measurement does not give you different results depending on your worldview, and claiming otherwise is another example of not getting your facts straight. In any case, whenever I hear anyone making snide remarks about “putting your trust in secular science” it tells me one thing: that you have an uninformed hostility towards science in general and not just towards evolution. It’s passive-aggressive and ignorant. Cut it out.