Starting with Scripture, young age creationists produce a variety of scientific models that help us understand the physical evidence we observe. Models are constructed using data (any piece of information that might support any answer to a question or solution to a problem). Data can be marshalled as evidence to support an assertion or claim. An assertion without supporting evidence remains inert or ineffective. All evidence, however, is subject to interpretation. Therefore, evidence in and of itself does not provide proof. Models vary with the interpretation of data (Proverbs 18:17).
As servants of Jesus Christ, we have the privilege and responsibility to cultivate Christlikeness in our interactions with one another. In our exchange of ideas and investigations of both biblical and scientific data, a gracious and irenic spirit should motivate and undergird our posture and our manner of engagement (Ephesians 4:1–3).
We best accomplish the irenic model of interaction when we recognize and openly acknowledge that our disagreements can be a vehicle of mutually navigating from one agreed-upon point to yet another with soft words and patient re-examination of our progress on any given topic (Proverbs 15:1).
As we enter into discussions, present our papers, and publish our findings, we should season our words with grace, love, and respect for fellow believers no matter how much we might disagree with one another (Proverbs 16:24).
We agree that we must demonstrate sound discernment alongside the exercise of love and humility, always aiming to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15–16).
Just as we have an obligation to repeat exegesis to be certain of our interpretation of a text in Scripture (Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 2:15) and to re-examine our data and interpretation in matters of scientific research, so we must give equal care to accurately understanding and representing what others say and write.
In the process of our argumentation our assertions must find their basis in evidence, not upon other assertions. As with Scripture, care must be taken not to go beyond what is said or to assume anything that has not been stated (1 Corinthians 4:6).
To succeed in this endeavor, we have a moral obligation to proactively seek clarification and resolve disagreements as much as possible by first interacting directly with the individual whose words or ideas we might reject or question, and then peer-reviewed publications rather than pursuing such interaction via social media, blogs, digital materials, and print publications (Galatians 5:14–15). We will endeavor to listen to opposing views and offer an objective peer review process free of questioning one’s credibility, to treat opposing viewpoints and their proponents with respect, and to behave toward one another with professionalism and courtesy in all venues.
Out of love for Christ and His Church, may we diligently seek and guard unity from a posture of humility, walking in step with the Spirit, and serving one another in love in our exchange of ideas as we bear witness to the truth of the gospel of Christ (Ephesians 5:1–2).
April 30, 2023