“Christians need to understand that their worldview is not merely hypothetical. The real universe is the biblical universe. Since the Bible is true, it can be used to explain and make successful predictions about what we find in the physical universe. Genetics, geology, astronomy, paleontology, archaeology, and many other sciences all show facts that are what we would expect, given the truth of the Bible”
As Lisle makes clear, the Bible is the starting point for the creationist. It has never been about the science. The creationist’s interpretation of the science is proof to them that the Bible is the supernatural book they say it is. This is why I think the best way to deal with creationists is to attack their beliefs about the Bible. If they can be disabused of their belief that the Bible in an inspired, inerrant, supernatural book, then the science questions will take care of themselves. Until then, no amount of scientific evidence will change the creationist’s mind. When confronted with evidence that contradicts their “scientific” views, the creationist will attempt to reshape the evidence to fit their view, and by doing this, their belief that the Bible in an inspired, inerrant, supernatural book is affirmed.
The bottom line is this…until a creationist sees that the Bible in NOT an inspired, inerrant, supernatural book, there is no hope of reasoning with them. Now this does not mean scientists should not challenge the “science” of creationism. They MUST challenge it because creationists are heaven bent on creationism being taught in the public school classroom. To ignore creationists puts our children at risk. If we want a scientifically literate population, then scientists must continue to challenge and attack the false “science” of creationists. (as I must do in attacking the presuppositions creationists have about the Bible)