A few more pieces of information that may interest you. I am a professional biologist, and view evolutionary theory as by far the best available explanation for the diversity of life, present and past. However, I have no personal self-worth attached to this assessment; if a better idea comes along, I'm there (though I do see wisdom in the dictum "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence"). It's not a question of loyalty; well, maybe it is; I'm loyal to the concept of seeking the best possible answers, wherever they may lie, so I'm not loyal to evolutionary theory just because it is conventional wisdom. In fact, much of my professional career has involved taking a closer, critical look at "conventional wisdom" in biology. Thus I have been a bit baffled, and annoyed, at creationists who have never met me and nonetheless are absolutely certain that I worship evolution as much as they worship the Bible, that I am as absolutely certain and as dogmatically unyielding about its core tenets as they are about theirs, that they know what I really think about this even though I tell a very different, and detailed story. It's one of the many unfortunate consequences of confusing "I'm absolutely certain that this is the truth" with "This is the absolute truth."
I realize you have this reoccurring theme of thinking that christians confuse "I'm absolutely certain that this is the truth" with "This is the absolute truth." However I think you are wrong.
We believe the scriptures on faith. No one is absolutely certain about anything they have faith in. I certainly have faith in what my wife tells me is true. That's trust (a synonym). But christians generally don't claim "we are absolutely certain that the bible is truth", we acknowledge that the scriptures claim that they are absolute truth and we accept that on faith. We trust that statement.
This approach is not intended to be scientific and based on any methodological reasoning process. It could be as simple as someone told us the gospel message an we trusted (had faith in) them. It often takes much more reasoning for many people. Over time, our faith strengthens as our knowledge and experience grows regarding this faith. Some of us have a more emotional strength in their faith, and some of us like myself require a more logical reasoned approach. Mature christians generally speak in more dogmatic terms with the scriptures, because their faith has grown to such an extent that distrust has been removed.
I hope you reconize that christians are people of faith first and foremost. This is defined as being religious. We understand that, and we appreciate that. We also easily recognize faith in other individuals. Scientific oriented or not.
What troubles many in this particular forum is when science goes beyond science and it becomes faith. When science textbooks become dogmatic about things that are untestable, then we become "testy". When scientists use stories we become "testy". When scientists deceive we become "testy". However, when a scientist says that the evidence leads him to believe that life descended from the first cell, then I can accept that, because that is a declaration of faith. I just don't want him or others teaching that to my kids at taxpayers expense.
It is my experience that evolutionists (especially those who like to go to dicussion forums) often are zealous about their beliefs. They go way beyond science, and they enter into dogmatism. This is especially true in the biological field. There are many definitions alone in biology as you know that are "fuzzy". Well if you can't lock down the definitions, then how can one justify being dogmatic about a theory that has at its foundation those definitions?
So, in summary, we are not absolutely certain that the bible is true. We are absolutely certain that it claims truth, and we accept that on faith. As we mature we learn more from the scriptures and we learn more truth. We change our understanding, but the bible hasn't changed, and the truth hasn't changed. I can and have been wrong about the bible, but the bible is not wrong. That is what we believe.
Todays definition of science eliminates the possibility of discovering biblical truth, because it eliminates the consideration of a Godly causal force. A creation scientist does not limit himself to that paradigm. They search for scientific evidence and data and scientific truth, just like regular scientists do. They just start with a different paradigm (a worldview). Where you start, has a major impact on where you finish.
So that's the philosophy lesson for today. I hope you didn't fall asleep from my sermon.