How can I say I believe the Bible if I don’t believe it all “literally?”

Someone on a social media site recently asked me, "How can you say you believe the Bible and then in the same breath declare that [Genesis 1] may not be literal?" My answer: "Is everything in the Bible literal? I would say that not even everything in Genesis 1 is literal, and I say this for …

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RTB review of Earth Science textbook

Reasons to Believe (old-Earth Christian apologetics organization of Hugh Ross et al.) has a nice review of my new textbook Earth Science: God's World, Our Home. "Overall, Earth Science: God’s World, Our Home is an outstanding textbook to add to an old-earth science curriculum. Compared to a few years ago, we now have a rich …

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Biologos interview

The folks at Biologos.org have interviewed me regarding Earth Science: God's World, Our Home, my new middle school textbook published by Novare Science and Math. http://biologos.org/blogs/chris-stump-equipping-educators/new-science-textbook-celebrates-ancient-age-of-earth-from-christian-perspective

An old-Earth Christian at the Creation Museum Part 1 —  Rescuing souls but sinking the ship

I recently spent about seven hours at the Creation Museum run by the young-Earth creationist (YEC) organization Answers in Genesis in northern Kentucky (I visited the museum, not the new Ark Encounter). As I anticipated, the exhibits at the museum are all of the highest quality. Whether the displays were animatronic dinosaurs, dioramas of the …

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Anticipating the Creation Museum

I have the unexpected opportunity to visit the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum in Kentucky in a few days. Positive Expectations High quality -- Skeptics and AiG fans alike acknowledge that the museum experience is at a high level. The displays and presentations are all professionally done. This isn't a mom and pop roadside museum. …

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Another old-Earth Christian scholar – Michael Horton

Many highly-regarded, Bible-believing scholars, pastors, and other Christian leaders see no incompatibility between the teachings of the Bible and acceptance of an ancient Earth. In the past, I have highlighted J. Gresham Machen, Charles Spurgeon, Francis Schaeffer, John Piper, and others.  The scholars I just mentioned all adhere (or adhered, many of them are deceased) …

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Book review — The Grand Canyon: Monument to an Ancient Earth

The Grand Canyon: Monument to an Ancient Earth (2016), edited and written by a number of highly-qualified, predominately Christian authors, is a devastating critique of the geological arguments of young-Earth creationism (YEC). The subtitle of this new book asks the question, “Can Noah’s Flood Explain the Grand Canyon?” which is an appropriate question, being that …

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Welcome to The GeoChristian

The Earth. Christianity. They go together. Welcome to The GeoChristian, a blog primarily about the relationship between the Earth sciences and Christianity. My name is Kevin Nelstead, and I have been writing at geochristian.com since 2006. The most important thing about me is that I am a Christian. The passage of Scripture that opened up my …

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Bozeman creation conference – Does Genesis Really Matter?

AN OLD-EARTH CHRISTIAN AT A YOUNG-EARTH CONFERENCE This is the second in a series of articles about a young-Earth creationism (YEC) conference held in Bozeman, Montana in April, 2016. 1. Bozeman creation conference preview and expectations 2. This article – Does Genesis Really Matter? - Yes Genesis does matter, whether a Christian believes in a young …

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Bozeman creation conference preview and expectations

AN OLD-EARTH CHRISTIAN AT A YOUNG-EARTH CONFERENCE This is the first in a series of articles about a young-Earth creationism (YEC) conference held in Bozeman, Montana in April, 2016. 1. This article – Bozeman creation conference preview and expectations 2. Does Genesis Really Matter? - Yes Genesis does matter, whether a Christian believes in a young Earth …

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Lessons from the friendship between a Christian and an atheist

In the early 2000s, a new movement of vocal atheists arose, committed with religious fervor to the propagation of their faith that there is no God, and imagining that the world would be a much better place if religion would just go away. One event that vitalized this crusade of “New Atheists” was the September …

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If there were no other options than Ken Ham’s way or Bill Nye’s way, I would choose…

Today, February 4, 2015, marks the one-year anniversary of the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye "Is creation a viable model of origins?" debate. After the debate, I wrote a post-debate analysis, in which I pointed out that both speakers made some valid points, and both speakers made some blunders. Ken Ham believes that the Bible …

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Video — Can you be good without God?

"Can you be good without believing in God?" is a different question than "Can you be good without God?" Clearly, an atheist can do good things and abhor certain evil things. But can an atheist make a case that some things are inherently good, and other things are inherently evil? Or is Richard Dawkins correct, when …

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Another Christian leader who believes the Bible does not require a young Earth — Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor is senior vice president of Crossway Books, a theologically conservative Christian publishing company. Crossway is best known as the publisher of the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible, along with the ESV Study Bible, perhaps the most comprehensive theologically conservative study Bible ever produced for a general Christian audience. Justin Taylor believes the Bible. …

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Advice for Christians who have doubts

Many Christians go through a time when they are troubled in their faith when confronted with challenges from skeptics and unbelievers. Christianity today has posted the testimony of Gregory Alan Thornbury, who almost gave up his faith when challenged by the teachings of people beyond the liberal fringe of Christianity such as Marcus Borg, a member of the Jesus …

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Why the latest Newsweek blast against Christianity is nonsense

Think of some idea that you think is loony that other people believe in and adamantly support. My list would include alien abductions, the face on Mars, conspiracy theories about the Apollo moon landings, and thinking that Che Guevara or Hugh Hefner are cool. Your list would probably differ from mine. That's OK; I hope we can still have …

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Reading Genesis 1-2 — Forward and Introduction

I recently acquired Reading Genesis 1-2: An Evangelical Conversation, edited by J. Daryl Charles. The book gives perspectives of five highly-qualified, Evangelical Old Testament scholars on the creation accounts of Genesis: Richard E. Averbeck (professor of OT and Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) -- "A Literary Day, Inter-Textual, and Contextual Reading of Genesis 1-2" Todd S. …

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Observations about commenting on young earth creationist Facebook pages

I'm not sure what gave me the urge, but I spent quite a bit of time in late November and early December commenting on young Earth creationist (YEC) Facebook pages. I limited myself to the Big Three: Answers in Genesis, the Institute for Creation Research, and Creation Ministries International. Here's what I learned: 1. Answers …

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