Arguments I Think Creationists from Answers in Genesis (AiG) SHOULD Use

As every Internet surfer does on occasion, you start out researching one thing and end up in a completely unexpected location. This time, I ended up at Answers in Genesis’ (Aig) webpage titled “Arguments we think creationists should NOT use.” (Don’t ask how I got from searching birth records of my relatives to searching for the birth record of our planet.)

Under the heading “What arguments are doubtful, hence inadvisable, to use?” is the argument that reads: “There is amazing modern scientific insight in the Bible.” Oddly enough, I completely agree with their advisement! Here’s AiG’s response to this argument (the most important part of which I’ve bolded in red):

We should interpret the Bible as the author originally intended, and as the intended readership would have understood it. Therefore we should be cautious in reading modern science into passages if the original readers would not have seen it. This applies especially to poetic books like Job and Psalms. For example, Job’s readers would not have understood Job 38:31 to be teaching anything about the gravitational potential energy of Orion and Pleiades. Rather, the original readers would have seen it as a poetic illustration of God’s might—that God, unlike Job, could create the Pleiades in a tightly-knit cluster, which is what it looks like, while God created Orion as a well spread-out constellation, again something well beyond Job’s ability. Similarly, Job 38:14 is not advanced scientific insight into the earth’s rotation, because the earth is not being compared to the turning seal, but to the clay turning from one shape into another under the seal.

Excuse me while I clean up the milk that just poured out my nose …

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  1. Blimey! I suspect a hacker got into answersingenesis.com…

    Amazing stuff. One wonders why we the impression they think we’re chunking the value of the Bible when we make similar arguments about Genesis.

  2. Steve,

    I think it demonstrates that one can give lip service to a correct approach to interpreting the Scriptures yet fail to follow through with the chosen hermeneutic.

    Heck, I’m willing to debate anyone representing Answers in Genesis on the topic of whether AiG is faithfully following their own advice. Get out the popcorn folks! And feel free to drink caffeinated liquids during the debate. It’ll be over before you have to pee.

  3. Mike,

    Good post.

    When I first read that article about 2 years ago, I had the same response. In my case it was tea that I had to clean up.

    All of the “big” evidences that I remember being so compelling 10-20 years ago were on that list! From moon dust to frozen mammoths to water-vapor canopy to the Paluxy tracks. They are all there.

    I remember telling Jeff that that article was the definitive “white flag” for technical young-earth creationism. He agreed.

    BTW, we have the entire article on our site as well:

    http://beyondcreationscience.com/index.php?pr=Do_Not_Use_Intro

    I’m not sure if AiG really understands the effects of that article. We sure do.

    Blessings,

    Tim Martin
    http://www.beyondcreationscience.com

  4. Note that this article came from the Australian contingent of AiG (now Creation Ministries International). The Australians’ willingness to do things like criticize fellow creationists for bad arguments was one factor (though not the major one–it’s more of a symptom than the underlying problem) in their split with the U.S. group.

  5. Jim,

    How can you tell it originated from the Australian creationist group when the content is posted on the US-based AiG website?

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