For years now I’ve had people ask me why I believe the Bible over science, especially since I have always been a science trained person. The words and terminology may vary, but the heart of the question is always the same.
Some of you that post comments to our website ask the same question in one form or another, so I am taking this opportunity to answer this oft asked question.
To begin with, it is NOT an issue of the Bible versus science. Rather it is a matter of presuppositional beliefs versus presuppositional beliefs. When most people use the term science in this context, they really are referring to the belief in billions of years of evolution. It has nothing to do with science. We all have the same science. How we interpret that science is based upon our presuppositional beliefs in origins.
Allow me to demonstrate what I mean:
Say I’m hiking down the Grand Canyon and there is an evolutionist hiking right beside me. We both study the different rock layers and the fossils they contain. The evolutionist automatically believes that the rock layers were laid down over hundreds of millions of years because of his presuppositional beliefs. I automatically believe the rock layers were laid down in the course of a year by the Genesis Flood because of my presuppositional belief in the Bible.
Any evidence we both collect, will be interpreted by our own origins belief. We can run chemical analysis on the rock layers, we can classify the fossils and conduct any other scientific tests we want, but the bottom line is that we will always interpret whatever we learn based upon our beliefs.
The same holds true when we study biology or any other physical science so allow me to rephrase the question to read:
Why do I believe the Bible over evolution?
To this, the answer is simple: the Bible is the inerrant and Infallible Word of God. It is the only source of absolute truth and it never changes.
Evolution on the other hand is the word of man which is often errant and is always changing.
As a trained biologist, I have studied evolution and evolutionary science almost more than I have studied biblical creation. The more I study evolution, the more I find that its basic premises defy most of the laws of science, whereas biblical creation and the Genesis Flood makes perfect sense when looking at the world around us.
So let me ask you a question:
Who would you rather put your faith and hope in: God, whose word is always true and never changing or man, whose word is often untrue and is always changing?
As for me, I chose to trust God and the Bible and pray you do to.
Dr. Jonathan Sarfati, author of the world’s best-selling creation book, takes outspoken atheist Dr. Richard Dawkins on head to head in the book The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on Evolution. Dawkins’ most recent book, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution has provided yet another opportunity for Sarfati to show that biblical Christianity best explains the natural biological world, not atheistic evolutionism. Sarfati thoroughly exposes the bankruptcy of Dawkins’ arguments and methods, highlighting tactics which he deems are unreasonable and illogical—such as Dawkins frequently resorting to straw-man arguments.
Sarfati—a scientist, chessmaster, logician and Christian apologist—knows well the creation vs. evolution controversy. Before publishing The Greatest Hoax on Earth?, he authored the bestselling book, Refuting Evolution, which now has over 500,000 copies in print. His confident and rigorous approach always makes for interesting and thrilling reading, as he tackles his opponents head-on. Sarfati also tackles the ethical and biblical issues that accompany the creation vs. evolution issue.
The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on Evolution provides a penetrating examination of Dawkins’ anti-creationist magnum opus. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of biology, geology, fossils, radiometric dating and more, Sarfati thoroughly exposes the bankruptcy of Dawkins’ arguments. Thousands of years ago, King Solomon wrote, “The first to plead his case seems right, until another comes and examines him.” Sarfati maintains that arguments for evolution and against creation sound convincing only when they are unexamined.
Richard Dawkins is known for his strident atheism, for which he needs evolution. Jonathan Sarfati is known for declaring that the biblical account of origins has abundant evidential support and has withstood the test of time. And unlike some writers, he is able to make the science accessible to the lay reader, making it an informative and educational read that is also an intellectual feast for the scientifically trained. The Greatest Hoax on Earth? pulls together the most up-to-date arguments against evolution and in defense of the biblical account of origins and may very well prove to be Sarfati’s second bestseller.
“In my opinion Sarfati’s book beats Dawkins’ book, point by point, on all issues.” —Dr. John Sanford(Professor, Cornell University and inventor of the gene gun)
“The Greatest Hoax on Earth? is an excellent rebuttal to the best evolution has to offer. The reader should walk away with the understanding that evolutionary theory is a house of cards and its chief spokesmen are promoting poor, illogical, and false arguments against the only viable alternative: biblical creation.” —Dr. Robert Carter (Ph.D., Marine Biology and Genetics, University of Miami)
Paperback; 336 pages