PRO — “Your response to this issue is the most concise, accurate, and appropriately persuasive assessment and challenge I’ve ever seen or heard. For myself and others who will benefit from what you say here, Thank you!”
CON — “To entertain any belief other than a literal six days [of creation] is to undermine the veracity of the entire Bible; if one starts picking holes in the creation account then the entire Bible comes into question, for the creation account ‘sets up’ everything else in the Bible. With the creation account in doubt, God’s entire plan for humanity comes into account.”
PRO — “Having been a practicing chemist and biochemist, I must give you a hardy AMEN. . . . When theologians teach ‘Bible science’ to our young people, even to Bishop Usher’s setting the age of the earth, and [these students] then attend a secular school and see other evidence, there is conflict and tension which is unnecessary.”
CON — “Encourage your readers to go to the Institute for Creation Research website and check out the information regarding a YOUNG EARTH! . . . The idea that the days of creation were longer than 24-hour periods is simply another form of evolutionary theory that scientists who are Christians wanted to believe so they could justify their silly concept of carbon and other dating systems! . . . Stop trying to answer every question yourself and rely on countless hours of research done by [creation scientists regarding] the age of the earth and other refutation of evolutionist dogma!”
PRO — “Your answers are filled with love, respect, gentleness and truth. . . . You are never defensive [so] communication can take place. You are a true peacemaker.”
CON — “With all due respect, I find it hard to believe that millions of Christians down through the ages have read the scriptures and have read solar days in Genesis, now to be told that it is not so clear any more.”
These responses verify that Christians hold different views on the “science” involved in Creation. My point is that the author of Genesis is not answering those questions, so believers should be tolerant of each other when they differ in their own answers. I am not taking any position on the “science” — I am talking about the purpose and intent of Scripture. That is my area of specialization.