Young Earth vs. Old Earth debate within the Christian Community
From their Science Speaks Newsletter they lay down the gauntlet:
It is our assertion that there are no valid young-earth arguments - not even one. Whether scriptural or scientific, they all contain errors. If there is even one valid argument which actually proves the earth is young, we still haven't seen it. We challenge any young earther to demonstrate otherwise.It's not that anyone can claim they are not "Christian" enough - their agenda, sounding like many on the far political/religious right, is clear:
God's creation testifies of its great age. If we hope to regain credibility, win court cases, and influence our country, then we Christians need to speak the truth. The goal of the Science Speaks Newsletter is to examine evidence and answer questions. We believe that the young earth position is insupportable and that all scientific and Scriptural issues are better answered in the context of an old earth.In other words, they feel the need to discredit the anti-science extremists within their own community if they are to gain traction with Americans on issues that are most important.
Excerpts from author Dan Stone include "Old Earth Evidence I, Annual Layers," which argue for basic common sense within the Christian community otherwise propagandized by their own anti-science crowd, using anecdotal examples:
God created his universe with many built in ways of knowing its age. There are many natural processes which keep an actual count of passing years. The first of these we learn about, often as children, is that we can tell how old a tree is by counting its annual rings.While constant references to God in every discussion (including science) may not be my style or belief, it is for millions of moderate Christian Americans (especially the home schoolers). This web page includes links and references to their publications and articles from others for this "common sense science" argument within a Christian, Jesus-centered context. They don't want the non-rationalists to give them a bad name, either, and don't feel it's OK to lie just to prove a story.
So don't buy the argument that "Young Earth" is the only Christian interpretation.
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