This page provides links to my series on the debate between Young Earth Creationism, Old Earth Creationism, Intelligent Design, and Theistic Evolution (entitled “The Life Dialogue”). It also provides brief descriptions of the posts’ content. There is no need to read the posts in order, as they are almost entirely independent. Interested readers can choose topics they desire. My views have changed since I started this series, and one can ask me on any post to clarify if they desire.
THE MOST IMPORTANT POST
What options are there in the origins debate? – A Taxonomy of Christian Origins Positions- I clarify the breadth of options available for Christians who want to interact on various levels with models of origins. I think this post is extremely important because it gives readers a chance to see the various positions explained briefly.
Young Earth Creationism: Analysis, expositions, and critique
Answering Common Young Earth Creationist Arguments- I analyze a number of arguments from the Young Earth perspective.
Young Earth Creationism and Presuppositionalism- I evaluate the use of the presuppositional method of apologetics in the defense of the young earth creationist position. I argue that the use is epistemologically problematic.
Animal Death?- A Theological Argument Against Young Earth Creationism- I put forward an argument based upon YEC presuppositions to show that the position entails absurdities.
Young Earth Creationism Does Not Have Historical Pedigree- I argue that, contrary to popular appeals, Young Earth Creationism is not the historical position of the church.
Shells and the Biomass of Earth: A serious problem for young earth creationists- I argue that the sheer amount of living organisms we can discover weighs against a young earth position.
Young Earth Creationism 1 -I examine the YEC position. It seems like catastrophism (cataclysmic events like the flood) is central to a developed young earth view.
Young Earth Creationism 2 – Examines some methodological issues and grants that the YEC position is at least coherent, based around a worldwide Flood, which has good Scriptural evidence.
Young Earth Creationism 3 – Shows that it seems as though the YEC position is the most theologically sound.
Young Earth Creationism 4 – Argues that YEC may be the only way to coherently hold to original sin.
Old Earth Creationism: Analysis, exposition, and critique
Old Earth Creationism 1 -Outlines Hugh Ross’s “Reasons to Believe” testable model for Old Earth Creation. Very interesting stuff.
Old Earth Creationism 2 – Examines the origins of mankind. Seems like it could go either way.
Old Earth Creationism 3 – Issues regarding the age of the universe and scripture.
Old Earth Creationism 4 – A theological argument for an old earth.
Intelligent Design: Analysis, exposition, and critique
Intelligent Design 1 – Brief outline of some of the ideas within Intelligent Design.
Intelligent Design 2 – Methodological considerations–can we find intelligence in nature?
Intelligent Design 3 – More considerations about detecting intelligence.
Intelligent Design 4: Information in the Cell- I briefly discuss Meyer’s argument in Signature in the Cell.
Theistic Evolutionism: Analysis, exposition, and critique
Theistic Evolution 1 -Examines the idea of God working in the world via theistic evolution. Also examines the Christology of TE.
Theistic Evolution 2 -Examines some of the scientific points of theistic evolution, including answers to problems with the fossil record.
Theistic Evolution 3 -Discusses Theistic Evolution’s view of original sin.
Theistic Evolution 4 – Focuses on the possibility of self-organization within evolution. Seems to me like it makes more of a case for Intelligent Design.
Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye- An analysis of a lose-lose debate- I outline and critique a major debate between the young earth creationist Ken Ham and Bill Nye “The Science Guy.” This debate was seen by over 3 million people.
Gregg Davidson vs. Andrew Snelling on the Age of the Earth- I attended a debate between an old earth and young earth creationist. Check out my overview of the debate as well as my analysis.
Debate Review: Fazale Rana vs. Michael Ruse on “The Origin of Life: Evolution vs. Design”- Theist Fazale Rana debated atheist Michael Ruse on the origin of life. I found this a highly informative and respectful debate.
Other Views and Topics
Is the Historical Adam a “Gospel” Issue?- I analyze the notion that the historical Adam is a “Gospel” issue from a few different angles, and discuss the implications for our faith.
Book Review: The Biblical Flood- I believe this book is one of the most important books on the subject of Noah’s Flood available. In it, Davis Young analyzes the historical Christian responses to extrabiblical evidence. The work is profound, and the sheer breadth of its scope is astounding.
Resource Review: “In the Days of Noah: A Deeper Look at the Genesis Flood”- I review a video Reasons to Believe released about the Noahic Flood. I found this resource very thought-provoking.
“The Argument Within Christianity: Evolution, Intelligent Design, or Creationism?“- Evaluates the issues at hand. Note that my view morphs throughout the series, so this introductory post serves as a jumping point for my exploration.
Christian Presuppositions and Science – Christians and use of science. I argue that both theology and science should cohere.
The Interaction of Science and Faith – Outlines 4 options for Christians to take in regards to science.
Guest Post: Mike on Geocreationism Part 1 – Part 2 – Geocreationism and Original Sin-A series of posts by Mike Trutt about Geocreationism. See Part 1 for the outline of this view. The subsequent parts develop this intriguing idea.
“The Cell’s Design” by Fazale Rana.