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Q: How can the average Christian know how to debate with knowledgeable evolutionists?

A: Many people think they can’t say much about creation—or oppose evolution—because they’re not scientists. But the good news is that one doesn’t have to be an expert to oppose evolution and defend the Book of Genesis.

Quotable quote:

“Evolution is promoted by its practitioners as more than mere science. Evolution is promulgated as an ideology, a secular religion—a full-fledged alternative to Christianity, with meaning and morality. I am an ardent evolutionist and an ex-Christian, but I must admit that in this one complaint—and Mr. [sic] Gish is but one of many to make it—the literalists are absolutely right. Evolution is a religion. This was true of evolution in the beginning, and it is true of evolution still today.

“… Evolution therefore came into being as a kind of secular ideology, an explicit substitute for Christianity.”

– Ruse, M., How evolution became a religion: creationists correct? National Post, pp. B1, B3, B7, May 13, 2000.

Really, the main arguments are quite simple. Yes, it’s true that you’ll need to do some reading on the subject, but you don’t have to be intimidated by someone who says they’re a research scientist and an evolutionist.

For instance, the question God asked Job was, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?” In other words, God really asked Job—“Were you there?” This is one of the questions we teach children to ask whenever someone says they believe in millions of years. And … it works!

A friend of Ken Ham’s told of how he once was arguing with an evolutionary geologist. This evolutionist went on and on for ages about the layers of rocks and millions of years. Finally, he just said to the man, “Were you there?” The geologist was dumbfounded.

Don’t be afraid to defend the Book of Genesis.

Recommended resources:

The Lie: Evolution
The Lie: Evolution
The Genesis Record
The Genesis Record
The Genesis Debate: Wieland vs. Willis
The Genesis Debate: Wieland vs. Willis
It Doesn’t Take a Ph.D.!
It Doesn’t Take a Ph.D.!

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This week on www.AnswersInGenesis.org …

December 25: A powerful testimony: sharing God’s love in the midst of a tragedy
December 27: Time and Newsweek blatantly attack Christian doctrine
December 28: Operation: Refuting Compromise: “Not just another movement”
December 29: The 19th century scriptural geologists: historical background
December 30: In Six Days Testimony 2: Jerry R. Bergman, biology
December 30: Waves of sadness: The temblor-triggered tsunami terror raises the same age-old questions
December 31: Correcting a severe misconception about the creation model/Dr. Sarfati—“a good communicator and a good witness”

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