Both Christians and atheists are commonly guilty of this error.
It should be obvious that any Christian who believes that God is the ordainer and framer of this world, and that God is the initiator of all logic and scientific thought, should never take such a position.
The purpose of this paper is to show that Young-Earth Creationists, however unintentionally, have in fact done this.
At the same time, there are many others who believe that scientific evidence overwhelmingly supports the claim that the Earth is about 4.6 billion years old, while the Universe as a whole is 10 to 20 billion years old.Many people in this latter category affirm the intimate involvement of God in this process of creation.It is not the purpose of this paper to discuss theology, but this author firmly believes that a literal interpretation of Genesis allows for an Old-Earth view that is consistent with mainstream science.I say this only to emphasize that this paper is not intended to oppose any Christian beliefs, or to tear down anyone's faith.Rather, the purpose of this paper is to ensure that our Faith is based firmly on Truth, and not merely wishful thinking.
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Through the ages, many people have denied certain facts of nature because those facts did not fit into the belief system that they desired to hold to.