The list author says: "Some people make it a test of Christian orthodoxy that you have to believe the world was created approximately 6000 years ago in six 24-hour days and that no other interpretation of Genesis 1 is acceptable. But there are many Christian scientists and biblical scholars who hold to other views, such as the Day-Age Theory, the Framework Hypothesis, Allegorical Interpretations, Evolutionary Creation, and Theistic Evolution, among others.
While I am not advocating any view, I think it is worthwhile to research views other than the traditional one, if for no other reason than to be able to have intelligent, charitable discussions with people having views other than your own.
On this list are books written by Christian scientists and scholars on this subject, books that I have read which have stimulated my thinking and made me realize that perhaps I need to learn a thing or two on this subject."
"Walton teaches that Genesis 1 was not intended to give us a scientific understanding of the material origins of the universe. Instead, the seven days of creation are a cosmic temple inauguration ceremony that describe the functional beginning of our world. Walton has also written the superb NIV Application Commentary on Genesis and co-authored Â“A Survey of the Old Testament."
"Blocher holds to the Framework Hypothesis which says that the Genesis creation account is not a literal or scientific description of the origins of the universe, but Genesis has a literary structure designed to teach the purposes of God in His creation. The days progress in topical rather than in chronological order to describe GodÂ’s work and are not intended to be read literally."
"Collins has a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from MIT, a M.Div from Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the School of Archaeology and Oriental Studies at the University of Liverpool. He says that Genesis 1-4 is an "exalted prose narrative" that is historically grounded in the ordinary human experiences of the text's original readers."
"Pember attempts to reconcile the 6000 year history from Adam to the present with the scientific findings that the earth is much older than that. He believes that a civilization was here before us and that this civilization was destroyed by God under the waters of judgment. He says that demons are the un-judged peoples of this past creation and are quite distinct from fallen angels."
"Van Til says that creation and evolution are compatible once one understands that Genesis is an explanation of God's relationship to man and the universe and is not a journalistic record of a past event. Creation and evolution are actually the answers to two separate questionsÂ—creation explains the status of the material world while evolution explains its temporal development."
"Young is a scientist who presents in this book biblical and geological evidence that supports the theory that the earth is extremely old and that other well-meaning Christians have misrepresented the evidence of geology in their attempt to argue that the earth is only a few thousand years old."
"Whorton, who holds a PhD in aerospace engineering, is an old earth creationist who believes that the universe was created with a perfect purposeÂ—God created the earth as a temporary place in which evil and suffering fulfill the will of God toward a higher goal, one in which human beings are to choose good over evil thereby bringing glory to God in doing so."
"Snoke is a physicist and professor who argues that the Bible does not teach that the world was created recently but rather that the earth was created by God millions of years ago. He offers evidence that the young-earth position is theologically flawed. Snoke shows how the biblical texts as well as modern scientific discoveries are better explained by a day-age model."
"Ross writes that a proper understanding of Genesis is in agreement with modern scientific findings. For the Bible to adapt the scientific language of any age would compromise the ability of the text to speak to earlier or later generations."