Dr. Young Addresses The Big Question
- Chapter 1: Deductive and Inductive Logic
- Chapter 2: The Scientific Method
- Chapter 3: The Forensic Scientific Method and the Inferential Test
- Chapter 4: Application of the Forensic Scientific Method and the Inferential Test, Part 1
- Chapter 5: Application of the Forensic Scientific Method and the Inferential Test, Part 2
- Chapter 6: Inductive Arguments
- Chapter 7: Analysis of Counterarguments
Much has been written on the topic of origins. “How did the universe and life on this planet begin?” is indeed The Big Question. Scientists and other intellectuals have answers, but none of these people appears to have a corner on answers that are demonstrably truthful. Most scientists in academic settings believe and teach Darwinian or Neo-Darwinian Evolution and the Big Bang Theory. A few others invoke Intelligent Design as a scientific explanation. And even fewer scientists believe that science points to a creator God who formed “the heavens and the earth” as described in the book of Genesis in the Bible. So many theories, but what is the correct answer?
Ladies and gentlemen, in the next several chapters of this small treatise, I will do something that no one, to my knowledge, has ever claimed to do. I will prove to you beyond a reasonable doubt that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (hereafter referred to as “God”) created “the heavens and the earth” in six literal days.
The purpose of this small treatise is to demonstrate the power of the Forensic Scientific Method (FSM) and the Inferential Test for Expert Testimony (IT) for finding the truth behind critically important and even ancient past events.
This is not a religious treatise. I admit that I am a Christian and a Seventh-day Adventist. I profess to have faith in God, but I do not intend to use this document to convert you to religious faith. Having religious faith is no antidote to confusion related to The Big Question. The Seventh-day Adventist Church, for example, may have the doctrine of a literal six-day creation as one of its fundamental beliefs 1, but not all members of my faith community hold to that belief 2. This topic is an area of contention for people of all religious faiths.
I recognize that not everyone reading this will have read the prior seven articles in the Forensic Inference Series. It will not be necessary to read them now to understand my arguments. I will review the salient principles of deductive and inductive logic as I go along. I encourage the reader to understand fully the concepts in each chapter before proceeding to the next.
I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I have had pleasure in writing it.