Poll: Understanding Genesis 1
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Ever since eighteenth century geologists suggested that the Earth might be older than 6000 years, Biblical scholars have attempted to reconcile the Scriptural record with the geological record. Many have taken a closer look at what the text actually says and doesn’t say about the origin of the Earth and biosphere, and come to the conclusion that there are valid alternatives to the traditional “literal” interpretation that would require a young Earth. Many other Christians have concluded that all such efforts are futile, and that the Biblical record is incompatible with modern geological thinking. They believe that modern geology somehow has the story of Earth’s history wrong. Others have used this apparent conflict between geology and the Bible as a reason to reject the Bible altogether.
What is your preferred way to understand Genesis One? I have the poll set up so you can pick up to three answers.
I am aware that some of the positions I have listed as “Old Earth,” such as the analogical days interpretation and framework hypothesis, actually make no statement on the age of the Earth. It could be young, it could be old. But it is pretty rare for a young-Earth creationist to hold to these interpretations, so I have labeled them as Old Earth.
No poll is perfect, so feel free to add your comments.
I’ll have this poll up for the entire month of February.
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If one removes, the swarm of “Genesis is a myth” votes that came from the Skepchick blog, the poll results look more like this:
19 votes (13 percent) — Young Earth
30 votes (20 percent) — Old Earth — not committed to an interpretation
22 votes (15 percent) — Old Earth — day-age
5 votes ( 3 percent) — Old Earth — gap theory
21 votes (14 percent) — Old Earth — analogical days
26 votes (18 percent) — Old Earth — framework
5 votes ( 3 percent) — Old Earth — revelatory day
11 votes ( 7 percent) — Old Earth — cosmic temple inauguration
9 votes ( 6 percent) — Christian, but Bible contains errors
Unfortunately, I don’t know what percentage of my readers were voting for “myth” before the inundation, but from previous polls and comments, it seems that around 10% of my readers are in the “skeptic” category.
It looks like a pretty broad variety of viewpoints among the readers of The GeoChristian.