Question: What does Scripture tell us about the age of the earth? To be true to God’s Word, is it necessary to believe that the Genesis account of creation refers to six literal 24-hour periods?
For years I have been pulled both ways on this issue. The scientific evidence is largely in favor of an old earth, but the biblical evidence seems to favor a young earth. Both sides have strong arguments and weak arguments, and we lack the necessary information and understanding to resolve the problems on both sides.
An interesting new perspective on this issue is presented by William A. Dembski in The End of Christianity: Finding a Good God in an Evil World (view here on Amazon). A helpfully detailed review (written by Stephen Blake) is here.
For Further Exploration:
- Q&A session in which Ken addresses a question on the age of the earth (skip to 34:00 for the beginning of Ken’s response)
- Genesis Audio Series
- Science articles and videos