So . . . , if you’re looking for something to get rid of any spare time you may have, and you’ve never looked into it before, may I suggest the topic of “Creationism”.
Actually it is an extremely interesting topic to many Christians, including myself, but when I first started looking into Creationism, almost fifty years ago, I had no idea at the time of how complicated this subject would be and how time consuming it could become, if one wanted to become relatively conversant with all of the differing perspectives associated with it.
And it’s not difficult to see how the topic of Creationism creeps into the conversation when you take a look at what the world says about everything around us, be it evolution here on earth or the reality of our universe. The bottom line is that the world’s humanistic thinking is that everything we see, here on earth and in our universe, involves only human reasoning and just happened by chance. No divine reason, no divine input, no divine reality.
And of course, for the Christian, that presents a conflict because Christians believe that in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).
Darwin’s Theory of Evolution of course is the logical place to begin because it touches upon how we got here and what we as humans are. Once again, the humanistic perspective of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution indicates that chance ruled the day and that there is no divine reality. Evolution is taught in our schools and universities as fact, not theory and whether we comprehend this or not, what it does is reinforces the humanistic perspective of the world to our youth and of course, ourselves. This conflict between humanism and creationism has a long history and a brief overview can be viewed here, should you wish to do so.
The next question that arises in our quest to understand this conflict between humanism and creationism is, are there beliefs, assumptions or observations within Darwin’s perception of evolution that need to be questioned. Many learned PhD’s believe there are. Should you like to read an overview of this requirement to question the humanistic perspective of evolution you can view it here.
And then of course, things really start to get interesting and more detailed when you take a look at the different or conflicting perspectives of creationism that are currently held within the Christian church. For a brief overview of the conflicting perspectives, click here.
If you have been clicking on any of the links that I have provided thus far you should be beginning to get a sense of the complexity of the subject matter.
In this post I am only going to discuss two of the primary conflicting creationism beliefs, Young Earth Creationism (YEC) and Old Earth Creationism (OEC) and then only briefly.
Young Earth Creationists believe that the creation days of Genesis 1 were six literal (24-hour) days, which occurred 6,000–12,000 years ago. For an extended overview click here.
Old Earth Creationists holds the position that the six days of creation represent long time periods and that the creation accounts reconcile well with the scientific date for Earth’s formation 4.6 billion years ago. For an extended overview click here.
And to provide you with a brief overview of the magnitude and complexity of just these two conflicting perspectives, I will provide you with just one link here that discusses some of the pros and cons (rebuttals) between YEC and OEC perspectives. Oh yes. I should warn you, this is a very long post.
The short story is that within Christianity, this is a vitally important subject. It involves a good number of underlying subjects as well, such as Adam and Eve, original sin and the enherency of God’s Word, to name but a few.
Indeed there are some Christians who have made it their life’s work advocating or defending one particular perspective of creationism over another and there are also those who critique and provide rebuttals against opposing perspectives of creationism in previously published books.
I can and do appreciate scholarly critiquing, what I do find distasteful is when I encounter snide demeaning comments that insult the intelligence of the person who is articulating an opposing perspective, while at the same time, showcasing their superior intelligence. Self pride is a terrible thing. And, unfortunately, I do see a lot of that. I also see a lot of dialogue between individuals expressing opposing perspectives that is anything but Christian in tone. There is nothing wrong in making a legitimate biblical case, what is clearly wrong is when you demean the individual who is making a case for an opposing perspective with snide or condescending remarks about what they obviously overlooked or did not understand. It is much more difficult to author a comprehensive book than it is to critique it.
Up to this point of this post I’ve only provided six links. I have many more. Should you wish to view them and explore the many facets of this perplexing controversy, you may view the links here, under the letter “C“, under the heading of CREATIONISM VERSUS EVOLUTION plus five sub directories immediately below.
I mentioned in a previous post that I lean towards Old Earth Creationism. In the previous post I stated the following: “I’ve developed a “working” understanding about God’s creation in Genesis over a considerable amount of time but I definitely would not classify my understanding as being carved into stone. I have no doubt about what God created, but the “how’s” still have some question marks. I think I know but I am not 100 % sure. This one would fall into the “definite maybe” category with a strong leaning towards Old Age Creationism. I hate the division this has caused within the church, to this very day.”
I do hate the division this causes. I do hate the numerous examples of “self pride” and unChristian tone in dialogue exchanges that I see far too often.
I’m going to close off this post with a partial quote from J. Warner Wallace (coldcasechristianity.com) and quite frankly, I think we all would do well to seriously consider what Jim has to say. The quote comes from this post should you wish to view it in entirety.
“I’m sensitive to the variety of views held by Christians on this matter. I see the reasonable nature of every view; I recognize that each approach to Genesis chapter one has its own virtues and its own liabilities. I’m not discouraged by this reality, but encouraged that there are so many reasonable resolutions. I am discouraged, however, when we allow our fallen human nature to get the best of us. Rather than finding areas of agreement, most of us choose to divide over areas of divergence.”
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!