There is an urgent need to call attention to the necessity for a new worldview to guide our research into our origins and the earth’s early history. And why do we need a new worldview? There are fallacies in both the scientific and religious perceptions of these matters. There are two crucial elements missing from the study of so-called “evolutionary science” (Darwinism). These are objectivity and logic. This results from what amounts to science fundamentalism. Data is interpreted in large measure according to preconceived beliefs. Likewise Biblical Creationism (read instead Nonbiblical Creationism) fails from the same shortcomings. This results from biblical fundamentalism; the biblical record is also interpreted according to preconceived beliefs. In my book MAN AND HIS PLANET – An Unauthorized History I have made specific charges to this effect, showing how tightly our minds are bound by tradition. By properly interpreting the evidence without the bias inherent in both science and religion, and by thinking (way) outside the box, we can overcome this hindrance. When that happens, the results can be astonishing.
We should also show the skeptics that much of their biblical skepticism derives from the limited knowledge possessed by the ancient scribes who transcribed our oldest historical records. (They have actually revealed to us more than they knew themselves.) Biblical fundamentalists are also often hamstrung in the very same way. The scribes’ limited knowledge rendered them incapable of objectively describing what they witnessed. We must look closely and objectively at the narratives in order to explain what is actually being described. I have presented rational explanations that should be satisfying to both skeptics and Evangelicals alike.
Aside from science and history, some contemporary perspectives of biblical prophecy suffer from the same type of tradition-bound shortcomings. These are likewise challenged in my book WORLD WITHOUT END – New Vistas in Biblical Prophecy. Popular interpretations of certain other biblical records are also called into question. In some instances, there are so-called heretical viewpoints that actually result from a truly objective interpretation of certain biblical passages, as opposed to the viewpoints held by conventional wisdom.