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Demonstrate the difficulty of reliably reconstructing the past, by using what we see in the present, without an eyewitness.
To demonstrate the difficulty of reliably reconstructing the past, by using what we see in the present, without an eyewitness.
Scientists often try to determine the answers to questions about the past using scant evidence from the present. For example, they may take a tooth and some bones and come up with their idea of how an animal or person looked and what it was like.1 But they cannot know for sure what the creature or person looked like, how it behaved, or how or where it lived (e.g., the bones could have been transported by a flood from their original location to the location where they were found, for example). They cannot determine skin color, or even how old the bones are without making lots of assumptions. They also cannot determine exactly how the creature died. Perhaps it was already dead before it was buried. Perhaps it died in a flood. Perhaps another animal killed it. The worldview a scientist has chosen will influence his/her interpretation of the evidence.
We can only know the truth if there was an eyewitness. The Bible records an eyewitness account of what happened in the beginning. God created all things and tells us about it in His Word!
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