A commenter on this blog recently implied that I am just a “so called Christian” because I accept an old Earth and evolution.
On a young-Earth blog that I have been commenting on, those who accept an old age for the Earth (including myself) have been accused of “listening to the serpent.”
I try to counter with Biblical arguments for an old Earth, and by pointing to conservative Biblical scholars and Christian leaders who either advocate an old Earth, or who at least acknowledge that the concept of an old Earth is at least Biblically possible.
Another Christian leader I’d like to add to the list is R.A. Torrey, the editor of The Fundamentals, the series published from 1910-1915 that gave us the term “fundamentalist.” Torrey stated that it was possible
“to believe thoroughly in the infallibility of the Bible and still be an evolutionist of a certain type.”
Maybe Torrey wasn’t really a Christian. Or perhaps he was just listening to the serpent.
Or maybe the Bible doesn’t really say that the Earth is only 6000 years old or that there are limits on how much species can change.
Grace and Peace
Quote from Timothy Keller, The Reason for God, p. 262.