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R. S. Lewis included a creation account of Narnia in The Magician’s Nephew. If you were to read through the book of Genesis without bias, you would see that same connection: an origin narrative that ties together and explains nature, life, man, sin, judgment and redemption. Are not these the great themes of the rest of the Bible? They certainly are pathways that lead to a greater knowledge of God. Genesis is not just a seamless history; it is the foundation for the other 65 books. It anchors the major themes of all Scripture in their beginnings, so that as we read about them later, we understand how they came to be.

The cosmos is thousands, rather than billions of years old. Based on an increased authority for the interpretations of modern science and a decreased authority of Scripture, all of the major compromise theories and positions clump together in: (1) their defense of the geologic ages, (2) defense of the big bang theory, and (3) the development of the Earth and life over that time. There are certainly variations on the theme, but they stand together in elevating science and its interpretations above the level of the Bible.

My own confusion about this question lasted for many years, until I found a book entitled, The Conditions of Philosophy, by the famous philosopher, Mortimer J. Adler. In it, he clearly explained the distinctions between different types of knowledge: science, history, different areas of philosophy, and mathematics. The light came on in my head when he introduced the concept of “mixed questions,” those that require more than one discipline to resolve. I realized that natural history is a mixed question, because it is an area of knowledge where progress is made by joining more than one specialty.

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