Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Age of the Earth question continued ...

Can we know the Age of the Earth?

James McGrath, at Exploring Our Matrix offers an excellent review of a new book by Davis A. Young and Ralph F. Stearley, The Bible, Rocks and Time: Geological Evidence for the Age of the Earth (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2008). In McGrath's words, this book is "a treatment of the varied and overwhelmingly consistent evidence for the antiquity of our planet, written by Evangelical Christians with the aim of not only making the scientific case for the age of the Earth, but also helping conservative Christian readers navigate the issues of theology and Biblical interpretation that go along with such a conclusion, and all the while pointing out the difficulties and at times dishonesty of the young-earth creationist position." 

The Bible, Rocks and Time is 510 pages. As McGrath points out, few laypersons will find the time to commit to reading the entire volume. But McGrath offers an excellent synopsis which covers the major themes of the book. Every Christian who holds to a young earth belief, or who doubts the legitimacy of the science leading to the age of the earth, ought to at least read McGrath's review. Click here.

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