Thursday, May 21, 2009
Old Earth Creationist Beliefs
I did some research into old earth Christian beliefs and I found it rather interesting.
There are three views that I know of:
I see any of these views as possible, they do not effect my belief in God. Although I remain an un-believer in evolution..that is macroevolution. I do not have a complete understanding of each of these views but I will learn.
Gap theory and Progressive creationism tend to be more strict in following the literal Genesis account of creation but theistic evolution possibly take Genesis a bit more figuratively.
The Gap theory is where there were two creations. The first was in verse 1 of Genesis 1 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth". The second was from verse 2 onwards. In this gap a history is not exactly told and is omitted from the Genesis account. God destroyed the first creation and re-made the second. Gap theorists also have arguments from other areas of scripture. For a little more information check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gap_Creationism.
Also the famous "Dake" commentary accepts the Gap theory.
The Progressive creationism is one I am more interested in. I am still looking into what it holds.
I recommend "Reasons to Believe" at http://www.reasons.org/. They are scientists who are of the "progressive creationism" view as far as I understand. This means they accept an old earth but reject macroevolution. They write several posts on evolution as a myth. Here are the links:
1.The theory of evolution is a myth:
2.Evolution is not a scientific theory:
3.The myth of abiogenesis:
4.The myth of macro evolution:
Also: This is what they think Genesis means in relation to old earth