Wikipedia has an article on Day-age creationism. They say:
Day-age creationism, a type of old Earth creationism, is an interpretation of the creation accounts in Genesis. It holds that the six days referred to in the Genesis account of creation are not ordinary 24-hour days, but are much longer periods (from thousands to billions of years). The Genesis account is then reconciled with the age of the Earth. Proponents of the day-age theory can be found among both theistic evolutionists, who accept the scientific consensus on evolution, and progressive creationists, who reject it. The theories are said to be built on the understanding that the Hebrew word yom is also used to refer to a time period, with a beginning and an end and not necessarily that of a 24-hour day.
Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we have a noteworthy author. It’s Caleb Brabham. He’s a frequent contributor to that newspaper, and he’s also a YouTube personality. Additionally, he’s got a book out there — here’s its website: The Apocalypse of Bob — which says: “Caleb Brabham graduated magna cum laude from Oral Roberts University in 2007.”
Very impressive! Caleb definitely qualifies for full-name treatment. Here are some excerpts from his letter, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
I am writing this in response to a recent column by George Smith, in the 9/16/18 edition. [We can’t find it.] The Bible is a document of logic and reasoning (Isa 1:18), not a treatise on what someone “thinks” it aught [sic] to say. Years ago, so called, “scholars” decided to compromise doctrine with supposed scientific ideas and developed the doctrine of “Theistic Evolution.” This concept is what this particular column is teaching.
Caleb doesn’t like to compromise. He says:
However, the Biblical concept of creation is based on a literal 7 days [that should be six] of literal 24 hours. Looking at the wording of Genesis chapter 1, some have chosen to conclude that these 7 days were comprised of eons of time instead of 24 hours to our understanding. A few points to consider:
Caleb’s “few points” are long and wordy. We’ll skip most of it and just give you the highlights — such as they are. He tells us:
1. The timeline of the creation account. Genesis 1:2, light is created; Genesis 1:3, the firmament and gathering of the waters; Genesis 1:11, all manner of vegetation; Genesis 1:14, sun, moon, and stars. Eons of time, or literal 24 hour days; let common sense be your guide – Plants need the UV rays of sunlight to metabolize the nutrients brought in through the root system. If the plants were made before the sun (Notice: Plants Day 3; Sun Day 4), and these days were separated by thousands of years, where did the UV rays come from for the however many thousands of years transpired to enable the foliage to grow and reproduce after its own kind?
Brilliant point! You may wonder why plants were created even one day before the Sun, but Caleb doesn’t worry about that. He continues:
2. How did the individuals to whom Moses wrote these words understand the use of the word “day?” Exodus 20:8-11- Exodus 20 contains the recording of the 10 commandments that Moses was to give to Israel. The 4th of the 10 commandments was to remember the Sabbath day, the explanation of this remembrance was, “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it”(Exodus 20:11 KJV). Israel was commanded to work for 6 days and rest on the 7th (Sabbath). If it is to be understood that the days of creation were eons (thousands of years) of time, how was Israel to understand this command? Logic and proper hermeneutics dictate that the people of Israel would have to work for 6 eons of time, then spend the 7th eon of time resting…… Dear reader how does this make logical sense?
Another brilliant point! Skipping a lot, we come to this:
Before Genesis 1:1, what is known as this world, was non-existent.[Hee hee!] There were no elements of the periodic table. There was no “time.” There was no day or night, as this is what He called the comprising of the 1st day (Genesis 1:2). Without the acknowledgment of time, where did man come up with the idea of 24 hour days, and a 7 day week? Research reveals that every civilization known has made use of the 7 day week consisting of 24 hours for each day.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! The early Romans used an 8-day week, and other cultures had different calendar systems. The 24-hour day wasn’t a universal standard either — see Wikipedia’s article: Hour. Let’s read on:
Where did those ideas originate? Since civilizations differ so much in ideas one fromanother [sic], (one only need to look into the different spiritual thoughts of current nations) how could all civilizations have this one understanding in common?
It’s an abominable mystery! Oh wait — Caleb has the answer:
The simple answer is, they could not. [That’s the answer?] This writer believes that God could have created everything with the simplest minute breath of thought in one instant, yet, He did so in what we understand as, a normal seven day week. Therefore, as He established the boundaries for everything known in those days.
Ah, Goddidit. And now we come to the end. It’s a bit anti-climactic:
Make yourself as the noble Bereans [Who? — Oh, see Bereans] and study to see what is truth (Acts 17:10-11) and to show yourself approved unto God (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
There you have it, dear reader. Caleb knows what he’s talking about. Don’t be misled by those day-age blasphemers!
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