Young earth or Old? The Wrong Approach to the debate that divides Christians
Editor's note: This is in response to Tom
Gilson's article "Young
Earth or Old? The Debate That Divides Christians — But Shouldn’t"
Normally I wouldn't bother posting a comment on an article I've read to
this site, but I'm making an exception here because 1. This is a topic
I've written on
a number of times on this site, so it's fitting here and 2. For some
reason my comment remains marked as "
" and thus is not visible under Tom's article, though I've indicated
it's not spam. And rather that speculate why it remains unpublished as
of this writing I offer it to you here in its entirety, with a few added
notes for clarification.
Tom, you're usually right on the
mark, but here you're advocating a very dangerous position. You're
basically advocating "leave it to the experts." You're stating this
issue is so complex it requires "a high level of expertise in multiple
fields, including biblical Hebrew, Ancient Near East literature and
culture, and four or five major branches of science."
These are the words directly from God, by the way, not Moses' interpretation.
If you want to see "ages" or "millions of years" in the days of Genesis 1, then is the Sabbath also a million or billion year rest? Does that mean our work week should consist of "Days" that last millions or billions of years? One good thing - our weekends would be millions or billions of years long. We could spend our entire lives off for the weekend! You see you can't make sense of the commandment without taking the natural, "literal" meaning of a "day."
It appears to me that you and others who insist on long ages during the creation want to make the Genesis 1 passage speaking of the days of creation "complex" because you are unwilling to take the plain "literal" meaning of the text. In so doing you make other portions of scripture incoherent or contradictory.
Duane Caldwell | July 11, 2018
1. Tom Gilson, "Young
Earth or Old? The Debate That Divides Christians — But Shouldn’t",
Stream.org, July 8, 2018,
2. If you want a
powerful, persuasive argument grounded in a proper understanding of the
Hebrew of Genesis 1, see the analysis of Genesis 1 by Hebraist Dr.
Steven Boyd in "Thousands...Not Billions", ICR DVD documentary,