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Christianity and the Age of the Earth Paperback – August 1, 1988


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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan Pub (August 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 093466627X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0934666275
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,213,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1999
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This book contains a history of how Christians viewed the age of the earth, the nature of methods of dating sediment, and reasons why the idea that the earth is young is false. It is a good book for any Christian wondering whether he must choose between believing in God or accepting evolution and the idea that the Earth is billons of years old. This book will also be good reading for scientists being drawn away from God by fundamentalism and young-earth talk.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 29, 2011
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Davis A. Young is Professor of Geology at Calvin College. He is also the author of Creation and the flood: An alternative to flood geology and theistic evolution, The Biblical Flood: A Case Study of the Church's Response to Extrabiblical Evidence, and The Bible, Rocks and Time: Geological Evidence for the Age of the Earth. He is also the son of Edward J. Young, Professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary.

He wrote in the Preface to this 1982 book, "Although I am opposing an idea that is common and on the surface sounds biblical, the reader must not draw the conclusion that I am opposing Christianity or attacking the Bible or even opposing the idea that the Flood was global in nature. I write as one who is firmly committed to the infallibility and inerrancy of Scripture... I simply believe that the young-Earth view is unscientific and not necessarily biblical."

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"One very important cause of mass mortality in the world today is the phenomenon of waterbloom ... (which is) Excessive plankton in the sea ... so poisonous so that virtually all sea life in the vicinity of the red water is killed... Mass mortality by waterbloom is commonplace, and even today the potential exists for forming great numbers of fossil graveyards, which would be explained without recourse to a global flood." (Pg.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Booth on March 26, 2013
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Church history and the age of the earth. Scientific considerations and the age of the earth. Philosophical and apologetic considerations related to the age of the earth.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric Rachut on June 21, 2011
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The author, a geologist, presents the scientific case for an ancient Earth (4.5 billions years old), with the claim that those who promote a literal six-day Creation by attacking scientific data, are making Christianity as a whole incredible to mission prospects. He reiterates the well known interpretations of Genesis which harmonize science and a divine creation by either positing a long-lasting, chaotic Earth prior to the six days or by converting the (poetically stated) days into much more lengthy periods - with his favorite the latter. He maintains throughout the ability to remain a Christian and yet acknowledge an ancient Earth (the Flood also comes in for some discussion, but he deals with this topic in more detail in another book).

Dr. Young teachers at a Calvinist school and this theology pervades his approach to the subject, beyond his penchant to tack "sovereign" onto "God." He does briefly and without much credence mention a miracle as an explanation that encompasses both a six-day Creation and an Earth eons in age - an inexplicable event beyond human comprehension. His lack of interest in a more miraculous creation is explained by his view that miracles - like the Virgin Birth - are as a rule closely associated with the Redemption story. This appears contrary to the many miracles of the New Testament - changing water into wine, feeding crowds of four or five thousand, healing the sick, raising the dead - which do not have such a direct association with Redemption. Taken further, I might suggest that Calvinism has an inherent skepticism and even distrust of miracles - witness the denial of the Real Presence. How could Christ's body and blood by on an altar when He is now in heaven?
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