What was happening was that I had learned to teach the students how to think rather than just what to think. What a difference that made to my class! I have been overjoyed to find, sometimes decades later, some of those students telling me how they became active, solid Christians as a result.
And how is one supposed to think?
Even though our human arguments may be powerful, ultimately it is God’s Word that convicts and opens people to the truth.
One is to think what God wants us to think! Maybe because of this way of thinking, the creationist seems to lack a basic understanding of how science works.
‘Facts’ are neutral. However, there are no such things as ‘brute facts’; all facts are interpreted. Once the Bible is eliminated in the argument, then the Christians’ presuppositions are gone, leaving them unable to effectively give an alternate interpretation of the facts. Their opponents then have the upper hand as they still have their presuppositions
To the creationist, scientific evidence is of the same weight as the stories of people who lived a couple thousand years ago. In fact, evidence is of less value because the stories are the word of god (the obvious creator).
Science is not primarily faith based. Science relies on observation, deduction, and evidence to come up with theories to be tested. The existence of god is something that is entirely faith based. Therefore it can not be used as an accurate means of creating theories about the history of our planet. Most sensible religious people understand this. Facts are indeed neutral. True science is unbiased – that is its very nature. If we are meant to take simply old books about supernatural beings as true scientific evidence, how do we reconcile the bible’s word with that of the ancient Greek texts – what does Zeus have to say about this 6 day creation business? What do the most ancient texts tell us? What were Osiris and Isis doing when Jahovah was off creating things?
But wait, the creationist has an answer for those who think truth should be determined apart from the bible:
Truth can/should be determined independent of God. However, the Bible states: ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom’ (Psalm 111:10); ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge’ (Proverbs 1:7).
Circular argument anyone? Truth can not be determined independent of god because god says so! Evidently these people are too busy praying and protesting abortion clinics to be bothered with such things as, you know, ‘thinking’.
So how do you think like a creationist? You don’t. Thinking like a creationist is self contradictory and therefore impossible.