Category Archives: Science & scripture

Stonehenge – monument to ancient man

Stonehenge is one of the best known ancient sites in Britain.  The remains of significant construction at what is now the bluestone henge on Salisbury plain date back to around 3,000 BC.  Prior to the existing stones, archaeologists have found evidence of older circular structures as well as the remains of people buried at the site.  Some of the human activity in the site date back as far as 8,000 BC.  Fascinatingly, chemical analysis proves the cremated remains of non-locals were carried in leather bags to the site and interred.  The Stonehenge (past and present) doesn’t reconcile with either a global flood or the literalist creation 6,000 years ago. Continue reading

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Ta Prohm

Every so often people (including Christadelphians despite our old earth creation heritage) claim dinosaurs and humans co-existed.  The source material for their argument usually comes uncritically from American evangelicals.  One of the claimed pieces of evidence is a carving in a Cambodian temple.  Why carve things which didn’t exist goes the argument?  Continue reading

Faith not fideism

“we should all agree that the “faith” God requires of us has nothing to do with ignoring relevant evidence that is easily available when adjudicating truth claims. And is it not largely due to this abusive use of “faith” and “belief” that so many, past and present, are quick to dismiss Christianity and religion in general, seeing it as purely “faith” based, while taking “faith” to mean the opposite of evidence-based truth? True Christian faith is not fideism.”

Bates, M. W. (2017). Salvation by Allegiance Alone: Rethinking Faith, Works, and the Gospel of Jesus the King (pp. 17–18). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic: A division of Baker Publishing Group.

An argument from silence

Be careful with arguments from silence: sometimes they are valid.

A circle of respected elders accuse the woman and test the teacher. She has committed adultery, she was caught in the act. What do you say about that, unauthorised wannabe rabbi? We know the rules, and the scripture behind them, and the traditions through which the Bible must be read. Do you?

The powerful young man says nothing. His crowd of followers waits for him to respond to the extraordinary interruption. He writes in the earth. They insist. He challenges them to act on their beliefs, and writes again.  They leave, in order of seniority.

Again, accusers accuse. This one believes that the Creator made an unfolding world. This one has taught her children about dinosaurs. This one scoffs at the Foundation Clause – we caught him in the very act.

The young man watches: his Father has already written in the earth. Written in the stones, written in their strata, written in the coal, in the chemistry, in the snow and ice, in the stars. In every cell of your body, sister. In every moment of your heart and mind, brother.

Listen.

Billion year old diamond anyone?

how-kimberlites-formDiamonds may be a girl’s best friend but their geological history is no friend of the literal creationist.  Many literalists decry those who read Genesis 1-4 differently to them.  Most of the same individuals (for they are usually men) at one time purchased a diamond ring for their wives.  But diamonds demonstrate our planet has operated for billions of years. For a basic overview of diamond ages and formation see here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond#Ages

Essentially most diamonds formed 1 to 3 billion years ago deep below the earth’s surface and in a few rare cases a number of them are brought to the surface.

These sparkling gems have been formed through long geological process.  They witness to the wonder of God’s creative power.  However they also witness to a long continuous process quite different to the young earth, or even old earth, readings of Genesis.  Can you insist Genesis 1 is literal in all its details and buy your wife a diamond – who provenance and age contradicts your assertions?  Should we ban geologists or diamond rings (or both?) for contradicting a favoured traditional interpretation of God’s word?  Or do we listen to the evidence of God’s creation?

(PS banning diamond rings would save a lot of money which could be better used elsewhere)