Ken Ham and others who are leading the liberal Creationist agenda would have us believe that over the last 150 years, Christians have compromised the ‘bible’ (what is this singular Greek book of which they speak?) because of Darwin. Anyone with any sorta of historical integrity could debunk that radical, liberal, notion that Darwin can first and that suddenly Christians everywhere were shaken in their foundation of the truth. The radical liberals, such as Answers in Genesis, would have us “take back our religion” from Darwin and return to a “literal reading of Scripture.” The problem is, is that in their liberality, they have turned from the Truth. David Carr shows that an early version of source-criticism actually appeared long before Darwin. Of course, if one has read the Language of Science and Faith they would note that before Darwin, Christians were questioning the sometimes usual interpretation of 6,000 years old. Of course, Hebrew scholars, and other ANE scholars, have noted that Genesis 1 and Genesis 2-3 are different in basic sources, and that the language of those chapters do not reflect a scientific meaning.
The year 2011 marks the 300th year after the publication of Henning Bernard Witter’s path-breaking discovery of criteria for uncovering a specific source behind the biblical book of Genesis. In 1711, this well-educated pastor in Germany published “Jura Israelitarum in Palaestinam Commentatione in Genesin perpetua” (Israelite laws in Palestine, comments on the eternal Genesis…), where he noted several important differences between the seven-day creation account in Genesis 1:1-2:3 and the story of the garden of Eden in Genesis 2:4-3:24.