I should also add that I say a few things that almost always provokes a question. For example,
“Scientifically, what convinced me was the mathematical theory and how it so precisely explains the genetic evidence.”
“I agree with the final conclusions of those who think God designed us, but I found obvious mathematical errors in their poof. I agree God created us, but why would you expect me to agree that 1+1=3?”
To which people will often be perplexed, with some variant of, “there is no mathematical theory of evolution.”
And I would say, “that is what I thought too, until I learned about it. I turns out that I was not getting an honest view of it as a student in the church. Maybe all of it is wrong, but we do not serve our children by misrepresenting the strength of the theory. That set me up to lose my faith. If not for God raising Jesus from the dead, I probably would have lost it.”
Most people who do not make a living from anti-evolutionism are entirely on board at this point, even if they are YECs. Those that do make a living from anti-evolutionism are not happy.
“believe” is a complex word in science.
Some people think that “I don’t believe in science. We do not believe facts, facts just are.”. This is meant to denigrate anything that is the “mere” beliefs of a group, suggesting that evidence takes away the need for belief.
But this just illogical silliness. There is objective reality that exists independent of our understanding or affirmation (“facts” in this sentence). However, belief (in the language of our faith) is a statement about what personally trust . Even outside our faith, one can choose to disbelief (or refuse to believe) a real fact that is in fact true.
I think a better terms to use, with different shades of meaning, are…
Affirm (to agree with, perhaps within a bracketed context or contingent on some details)
Confess (to publicly state an affirmation)
Trust (to relationally reorient one’s life around in a potentially costly way)
Warranted (to have good reason, perhaps but not exclusively from evidence)
Evidence (artifacts that might make trust, affirmation, or confession warranted)
The terms “faith” and “belief” have come to mean “evidence-free beliefs”, and therefore “unwarranted”. For these reasons I do not recommend using those words in any contexts (including the Church) without defining them first. The scientism of culture has so thoroughly pervaded culture that even some sermons I’ve heard seem to encourage unwarranted belief as somehow better than warranted belief.
Finally, at the core of our “faith” is “trust” in Jesus. That faith is not judged by the quality of our arguments or evidence. It is rather either vindicated or impoverished entirely by the trustworthiness of One in whom we trust. Whether we are YECs, TE, OEC, atheists, scientists or artists, children or adults, dark or light, eastern or western, Jesus is worthy of our trust.