This is the same old stuff from from Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia — but it’s always fun. The title is Defending the Bible’s Clarity.
It was written by AIG staffer Dr. Terry Mortenson, who “earned an MDiv (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and a PhD in history of geology (Coventry University).” A couple of years ago he wrote about the same subject — see AIG: Millions of Years? No Way! We’ll give you some excerpts from his latest, with bold font added by us and his links and scripture references omitted:
He begins by describing a lecture he gave at a theology seminar:
My lecture topic was based on my PhD research and was similar to my DVD lecture Millions of Years: Where Did the Idea Come From? [Link omitted.] I explained how a belief in millions of years became the dominant view in geology and how most of the church quickly compromised by accepting that idea.
Then he describes a conversation he had afterwards with one of his former professors, who disagreed with him and said:
“I don’t know how long the days of creation were, but they definitely were not 24-hour days.” Responding to the conclusion of my lecture, he ended the conversation by saying, “Terry, the issue is not the authority of Scripture. It’s the interpretation of Scripture.”
Terry can’t accept that. He tells us:
Over the years, I have repeatedly heard or read such statements by respected Bible scholars, apologists, and other Christian leaders who profess to believe in the inerrancy of Scripture — but who accept or lean toward accepting the millions-of-years idea and think that the age of the earth doesn’t matter.
Now, I could be sympathetic to such an answer if Genesis chapters 1–11 were hard-to-understand … . Genesis 1–11, however, is not hard to understand. It is clear historical narrative, just like the rest of Genesis, Exodus, Joshua, Judges, Acts, and the gospel accounts of events preceding and during the earthly life of Christ.
How frustrating for Terry! He continues:
Nowhere in the Bible does it even hint that Genesis 1–11 is some kind of semi-poetic, figurative text that is shrouded in mystery and ambiguity, only to be clarified by modern secular scientists operating within a naturalistic worldview. All theistic evolutionary views and so-called “old-earth creationist” beliefs are imaginative attempts to interpret these supposedly unclear chapters, on the basis of the supposedly undeniable truth-claims of the scientific majority about the age of the creation (if not also how it came into existence).
No doubt about it — the text is clear. Let’s read on:
Many Christian leaders and Bible scholars admit that Genesis “seems” to teach a young-earth, but they don’t believe it because “science says” (no, actually because most scientists say) that Genesis can’t mean that. But this denial of the clarity of Genesis undermines the authority of Genesis — which undermines the authority of the entire Bible! This rejection of the clear, authoritative teaching of Genesis about how and when God created has significantly contributed to the moral and spiritual decadence into which America has descended.
Yes! That’s why there’s so much immorality and decadence. Another excerpt:
You see, we can’t, with any consistent principles of interpretation (i.e., hermeneutics) defend the biblical teaching about gender, sex, marriage, racism, and Jesus’ virgin birth and Resurrection, but deny the historical account of the creation of Adam from dust and Eve from his rib (and then their fall in sin). We can’t with exegetical consistency defend a literal Adam and Fall, and the biblical teaching on gender, sex, marriage, and racism, while denying the global Flood and six literal, 24-hour days of creation. Likewise, we can’t with logical or biblical consistency defend a Fall that impacted the entire universe, but also believe in millions of years of animal death, disease like cancer, extinction, and other natural evil before Adam.
He goes on a bit, but that’s enough. Now that it’s over, we’re left wondering. How do the creation scientists at AIG deny the many clear passages in the bible telling us that The Earth Is Flat and that The Earth Does Not Move? If AIG can reject the flat Earth and the geocentric universe — as they do — then why do they insist on six-day creation?
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