The Relevance Of Biblical Creationism In Christian Apologetics -- By: Lee Allen Anderson, Jr.
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The Relevance Of Biblical Creationism In Christian Apologetics
Master of Arts in Biblical Apologetics Student
Baptist Bible Seminary
Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
Introduction: The Disputed Relevance Of Biblical Creationism In Apologetics
Several recent publications have argued that dogmatism over biblical creationism is either irrelevant or detrimental to the apologetic task. More specifically, they posit that insistence upon interpreting Genesis 1 as a literal record of creation occurring by the direct working of God over the course of six normal days only thousands of years ago is likely to undermine the broader apologetic case for Christianity and dissuade many would-be converts from embracing the gospel. It is deemed a disservice to the Christian faith to place the allegedly pseudo-scientific claims of “young-earth” creationism on the same plane with a robust apologetic defense for such things as the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the reliability of New Testament. How unfortunate it would be if those convinced of the truth of the latter were shaken in that belief by insistence upon the truth of the former. Consequently, it is argued that it is not imperative or desirable to consider biblical teaching on creation within the scope of Christian apologetics.
Objections to the inclusion of biblical creationism within the scope of an apologetic defense of Christianity typically take one of three main forms. First, it is argued that biblical creationism is inconsequential to the doctrine of biblical authority. This argument claims that the truth and accuracy, and thus the ultimate meaning and authority, of the biblical record is not tied directly with any particular interpretation of the creation record in Genesis. Thus, what a person believes about creation need not deter from the acceptance of Scripture’s overarching message as
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authoritative truth. Second, it is argued that biblical creationism is peripheral to biblical theology. As such, what one believes about God’s means of creating the world, the length of the days in Genesis 1, or the age of the earth, has no impact on the development of crucial theological themes. Doctrines related to theology proper, Christology, pneumatology, anthropology, soteriology, bibliology, etc., are allegedly unaffected by whatever perspective one takes on the creation record. Third, as alluded to above, it is argued that biblical creationism is detrimental to the advancement of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Biblical creationism, when viewed as being packaged together with the truth concerning salvation through Jesus Christ, supposed...
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