A good question just came in:
I know that I am a relative no one. No scientific training. But I wonder if I could burden you to consider this point. I should just preface my question with the acknowledgement that this was my first exposure to Joshua and I found his disposition and tone to be humble and refreshing.
In Joshua’s recent discussion on Unbelievable with Mike Behe, [Joshua stated at 56:34 that
“there are some tacit theological assumptions that IDist’s have, which I really have to question and wonder about. One of them is that if God actually did something that we’d have strong scientific evidence for it.”
So Joshua wonders about the tacit assumptions of the IDist. I wonder about how Joshua reconciles his doubt about God leaving (strong) scientific evidence or fingerprints with what Romans 1:20.
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.
I’d just offer this one caution. I’m feel confident that Joshua is familiar with C.S. Lewis’s work and his concern with “chronological snobbery”. It is important to avoid the notion that St. Paul was writing to a bunch of idiot Neanderthals. I see no indication from scripture that people living at the time were thoroughly unscientific. Examples abound of people being scientific, albeit without the lab coats and test tubes. The parable of the sower presupposes that people had actually observed what happens to seeds that are cast upon differing soil conditions. Similarly, Jesus teaching in Matthew, He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.