I know not everyone here is an evangelical or even a Christian, but I want to commend this book, Scandal of the Evangelical Mind by Mark Noll. He was one of my favorite professors when I was in college (and I would add a brilliant yet humble scholar). His chapter on science gives insight into the ways evangelicals by and large are missing the boat. Forgive me if this book has already been discussed. His later book Jesus and the Evangelical Mind is more optimistic in its outlook, showing how Christians are rightly engaging the various intellectual spheres including science.
Anti-intellectualism isn’t the only issue in the creation debate, and probably not the main one. My opinion of the main issue: “How can science be trusted when at first blush it appears to contradict the Bible?” Some of my YEC friends are very bright but unwilling to entertain that their position could be wrong. No evidence could ever dissuade them. They perceive only the potential for massive threat to their worldview, without any sense that a different position could change their lives for the better (as I would argue happens when one opens themselves up to a clearer revelation of God’s truth in his book of nature).
So 2 questions for a bit of discussion:
- What do you think is the “number one issue” in the creation debate?
- For you personally, what is the practical value of your believing what you do about creation? That is, how is it most relevant to your life?