What’s in a name?
The Areopagus has its most recent roots from the 16th century where it served as the Greek court of appeals. However, during biblical times, this was where Epicurean and Stoic philosophers would present new ideas. Often Athenians and visitors from other lands would come and listen to these new ideas on Mars Hill. The apostle Paul came to these philosophers at the Areopagus and stood in the middle of them and noted their forms of worship including worship “to the unknown god”. Paul proceeded to proclaim to them that the god they worshiped in ignorance is the God who made the world and all things in it and is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not dwell in temples made with hands (Acts 17:21-24).
The purpose of The Areopagus Letters is to present a forum for scientists, particularly earth scientists, to present new ideas and scientific thought that may or may not support current theories on evolution and even plate tectonics. In the past 15 years, as I’ve investigated these very topics as a geoscience professor at a major research university in the United States, I have become growingly skeptic of these well entrenched theories because the more I investigate the observations, the more I have grown to realize the severe problems with these theories. So many of the established mechanisms simply do not agree with the observations and many of the theories flat out violate physical laws. Therefore, I have decided to create a blog whereby honest and cordial interaction can occur regarding the origins of life and earth history. I know that it is difficult if not impossible for you scientists to disagree with the mainstream evolutionary and plate tectonic rhetoric for fear of retribution and scorn from colleagues within the very departments in which you teach and conduct research. I therefore wanted to provide a vehicle whereby people can be open and honest about their personal discoveries and convictions in these areas.
One key question I want to address in this blog is “Why must God be removed from scientific thought regarding the history of the earth”, as so many of my colleagues believe? I recognize that there are two vastly different opinions and even deep convictions regarding the Bible. Many believe it is an outmoded book of philosophies that have no relevance in scientific thought and discovery. Others believe it is the inspired word of God and represents truth in its entirety, including such passages that definitively state our origin as well as that of the earth: “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created by Him and for Him” (Col 1:16). I believe that the reason God has largely been eliminated from scientific thinking is because it’s difficult to reason the validity of the Bible in the context of science in general, and evolutionary theory and plate tectonics in particular, because science today defends the notion that the earth is upwards of 5 billion years old and no recent world-wide flood, as described in the scriptures, fits into the framework of such an old earth. This is the foundation of this blog—how do we reason these vastly different modes of thought using scientific observations and reason? Do current theories uphold physical laws and observations? Are there other theories that fit the observations that we see today and yet fit within the context of the scriptures? This is where I’d like to delve and get ideas from other earth scientists.