Take, for instance, the account of the miracle of water into wine in John 2. There are at least three approaches to this:
- The believer: He believes the miracle happened..
- The agnostic: He doesn’t know if a miracle happened and would like to know more.
- The non-believer: He believes miracles are metaphysically impossible.
When it comes to the story of creation , there is not even the option of comparing a previous record of water in the pots vs later record of wine. It’s like one only has the wine at hand to investigate if it was changed into wine from water a few moments ago, and no record or evidences beyond that. In such case, a naturalist will only attempt to find ways in which the wine came into existence. That is what the evolutionists are doing. Progressive creationists are a problematic intrusion in that they claim to believe in miracles but are unwilling to accept that the water was made wine just a few moments ago. So, they accept all the possible explanations of the naturalist interposing Jesus where the naturalist theory suffers lack of explanations. Eventually, the newer explanations will push away the supernatural element.
The problem with trying to explain away divine acts (such as creation and miracles) as compatible with scientific theories is that, eventually, one will make way for the theory. In Francis Schaeffer’s words, the lower storey eats up the upper storey.