We may be agnostic intelectually, but our actions often say otherwise. I learned this in the gambling world especially.
I wear seatbelts, aside from the fact it is illegal to drive without seatbelts, I would wear them any way because I might be in an accident even if I don’t know for sure that I would absolutely be or not be in an accident! I fear what could happen to me if I get in a wreck and the level of injury could be mitigated.
I may not know something for sure, but I live my life in a way that weighs benefit/risk. When I nearly left the Christian faith because I didn’t like what I was hearing from the pulpit and other parishioners, I decided to embark on my own search and came to my own conclusions.
I know very little relative to all that can be known. Like a child I have faith in many things I cannot prove for sure.
But, if I can relate a couple experiences. At least one person I know of likely committed suicide over Urey-Miller, well even other OOL researcher reject Urey-Miller as the likely mechanism. Lee Strobel lost his faith over Urey-Miller. I would not want to put something on the table like that and advertise it as truth.
Some people my look at other issues like Ohno’s nylonases, Alu elements, LINES, “junkDNA”, ERVs, etc. Well just the last two years, John Sanford and I in a pre-print falsified Ohno’s claims, something that was Dennis Venema’s favorite example of evolution. It was a total bust for Venema.
John told me if anything would convince him of common descent it was Alu, but then he had suspicions of its function. It was an ongoing project for him (even before we met) to find out about Alus. He was googling and found one of my essays at TheSkepticalZone and said he was writing a book, Contested Bones, and asked me to prepare a bibliography and report. The wording in the book is Rupe and Sanford, but I was the librarian who found the data. My essay on this is here:
I describe discovery of the overturning of one transcript that was thought to be junk here, a linc/lncRNA:
I’ve been asked to keep my eye out on developments on ERVs and I’ve talked about what I found about ERVs recently.
Same for LINE1. Introns and other junkDNA, etc.
The point is, what if someone left the Christian faith for scientific ideas that have now been overturned or COULD be overturned, such as in the list here. I would rather fall on the side of YEC than atheism.
I don’t want to risk be unfriended from God’s facebook page permanently, and I don’t want that for others who are going through a phase of doubt, because in the end there is a chance YEC could be right. I believe it to be true, and evidentially I put it at better than 30% odds.