Jeffrey Dickson


Jeffrey Rian Dickson


This paper will argue that believers who adhere to a more literal interpretation of Genesis 1-3 and, by proxy, affirm a young-earth creation, are not only within their right to do so, but are epistemically sound in making this choice given the superiority of a robust interpretation of special revelation over and above data collected from general revelation delineated in a largely naturalistic worldview. To this end, this work will juxtapose the following: the nature of special revelation and general revelation (a theological consideration), the consistency witnessed in the hermeneutical enterprise and the variety observed in the conclusions/allowances witnessed in the scientific community (a methodological consideration), and the pre-modern acceptance of theology in the academia with the 19-20th century’s under-appreciation of theology’s role (a historic consideration). In each of these discussions, the latter concept/idea will be exposed as inferior to, or at least suspect in light of the former option. This paper assumes that the reader has adopted the Christian worldview. In other words, the aim of this work is not to convince the atheist naturalist of the Christian worldview on creation. Instead, this work hopes to explain why young-earth Christians are justified in holding this view and seeks to call Christians who adopt an old-earth view to reevaluate their position. If successful, young-earth creationists will be encouraged to hold fast to their interpretation of Genesis 1-3 in spite of being pressured to do otherwise.

Resumen: Este artículo argumentará que los creyentes que se adhieren a una interpretación más literal de Génesis 1-3 y, por poder, afirman una creación de la tierra joven, no sólo están dentro de su derecho a hacerlo, sino que son epistémicamente sólidos al hacer esta elección dada la superioridad de una robusta interpretación de la revelación especial más allá de los datos recogidos de la revelación general delineados en una visión del mundo en gran medida naturalista. Con este fin, este trabajo yuxtapone lo siguiente: la naturaleza de la revelación especial y la revelación general (una consideración teológica), la consistencia observada en la empresa hermenéutica y la variedad observada en las conclusiones / prestaciones observadas en la comunidad científica (una consideración metodológica) Y la aceptación pre-moderna de la teología en la academia con la subestimación del papel del teólogo en el siglo XXI (una consideración histórica). En cada una de estas discusiones, este último concepto / idea será expuesto como inferior a, o por lo menos sospechoso a la luz de la opción anterior. Este documento supone que el lector ha adoptado la cosmovisión cristiana. En otras palabras, el objetivo de este trabajo no es convencer al naturalista ateo de la cosmovisión cristiana sobre la creación. En cambio, este trabajo espera explicar por qué los cristianos de la tierra joven están justificados en mantener esta visión y trata de llamar a los cristianos que adoptan una visión de la vieja tierra para reevaluar su posición. Si son exitosos, los creacionistas de la tierra joven serán alentados a aferrarse a su interpretación de Génesis 1-3 a pesar de ser presionados para hacer otra cosa.

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Religion, science, creation, young-earth, old-earth, special revelation, general revelation, intelligent design, evolution, Darwinism, hermeneutics, natural sciences, theology. Ciencia, creación, tierra joven, tierra vieja, revelación especial, revelación

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Jeffrey Rian Dickson
Liberty University
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PhD in Theology and Apologetics-Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary Status: In Progress. Masters of Divinity-Pre PhD, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Awards: Biblical Language Award


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