“Let us be under no delusion ; the Christian must not say that science should mind its own business, and leave the question of faith to the theologian, for if he does he is playing into the hands of his adversaries, and suggesting to the observer that he knows the weakness of his position” So said AD Norris in a collection of lectures in 1949 by various brethren later turned into a booklet called “Dare We Believe”. It is a common refrain from Genesis literalists that science should not be discussed. Why? Because for the most part they either know (or suspect) the explanations provided by creationists – like the evangelical Creation Institute and Answers in Genesis crowds are flaky. Indeed they are. Most evolutionary creationists started as literalists and usually resisted the change. Hence most evolutionary creationists are familiar with the literalist attempts to explain away the facts – we all wanted CRI and AiG to be right but alas on fair examination the views were flimsy and misleading.
So it seems likely there will be a facilitated discussion around evolutionary creation and literalism in Australia. Good. No doubt the literalists will attempt to constrain the scope of discussion to scripture only. This would be a mistake. If we used scripture alone we could readily believe Joshua 10 describes the sun rotating the earth just like Eccl 1:5. Science informs us these expressions are either figures of speech or more likely consistent with ancient misunderstandings of cosmology.
Rather than doom future believers to deny the reality of the evident facts around us, let’s hope no-one excludes good science from the table.