When I was 72, a Bible Study challenged me to verbalize, in writing, what I believe. A Harvard Chaplin was my “sounding board” to discuss my questions. We called my papers the “Rope papers” because he allowed me the freedom to get enough rope for the Seminary Professors to hang me. My Christian home and Southern Baptist upbringing probably parallel your description of a YEC fundamentalist background. With much soul-searching, deep thought, reading many books, and the help of the Holy Spirit, I established my guidelines for continuing in my faith-based relationship with the Lord. First, I read a 500-page technical book by Dr. Chuck Missler that convinced me solidly that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and only he could have written it. Second, Based on that, I scientifically discovered how the things God did in Creation are true since God’s Word is True. Third, I have found that science and theology fall into place when you begin with the God of the Bible in John 1:1-3. Scientifically, Einstein, his math teacher Hermann Minkowski, Max Planck, and a few more Nobel Laureates extrapolate Creation to the first picosecond of spacetime called the Initial Singularity. I am convinced that the Initial Singularity is the product of ex nihilio creation from the Word of God Himself, and He could do it in His power and His will however He chose. Neither Old Earth nor Young-Earth processes are important in light of the central message of salvation and redemption through the work of Jesus. So, the fellowship of my Christian friends centers on our mutual relationship with the Lord Jesus. Our agreeing simply points to Christ and His work of redemption and the ongoing work of His Holy Spirit in our daily walk.
Last month I visited the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter in Kentucky. I purchased a book that I haven’t read yet entitled “Already Gone, Why your kids will quit church and what you can do to stop it.” by Ken Ham & Britt Beemer. Your 13-year-old son with lots of questions greatly concerns me. Since 2017 I have worked on a book for my grandchildren to, hopefully, supplement secular science classrooms with the scientific compatibility of Creation at the Initial Singularity and forward. Atheists mock the “God did it” reports of the Bible, but none have a better answer than the “eye witness” account of God who was there. The de novo (new “in the beginnings”) Creations of Genesis are consistent with the Initial Singularity from God, the Planck epoch (Big Bang), the Electromagnetic field, Quantum science, and our Universe made from Standard Model Elementry Particles which are field excitations in the Electromagnetic realm. Scientifically and theologically, it is exciting to learn of the unique compatibility of God’s Creation. I am thankful for the light the BioLogos.org shows with their Theistic Evolution information. I think that the best way for your son to embrace the saving grace of Jesus and the spiritual presence of the Holy Spirit with spiritual and scientific integrity is to understand God’s eye-witness account in the Bible and to listen to you and his heart.
Kateulogeo (Hebrew: to bless intensely and incur that which is beneficial)