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Dr. Whorton shows that one of the YEC's dominate tenets, mainly that God created a prefect universe that remained "prefect" until the fall of Adam, is both systematically inconsistent and Biblically not required. Dr. Whorton then provided a better alternative and more consistent reading of scripture that does not contradict our understanding of the creation, neither Biblical nor scientific.
I recommend "Peril in Paradise: Theology, Science, and the Age of the Earth" to anyone interested in the Biblical Creation debate. NOTE: The scope of the book, in my opinion, is set for the advanced student, layman, or scholar.
In contrast, old earth creationists believe that the universe was created with a perfect purpose, in which human beings are to choose good from evil and bring glory to God in doing so. The "perfect purpose" paradigm states that God created the universe as a temporary place, in which evil and suffering fulfill the will of God toward a higher goal than just to give us pleasure or a nice place to live. We, the followers of Jesus Christ, manifest the abundant grace of God, even in our sufferings, witnessing for the gospel to our fellow human beings and also the angels.
Dr. Whorton's book goes beyond the superficial doctrines espoused by the young earth "perfect paradise" paradigm to examine underlying assumptions and extrabiblical teachings of the movement. Peril in Paradise examines verses cited as support for the perfect paradise paradigm in context to determine their actual meaning. In addition, the book compares the perfect paradise paradigm to the perfect purpose paradigm proposed by old earth creationists. Since the book sticks to the scriptures almost exclusively, it cannot be claimed that old earth creationists ignore the scriptures in preference to "fallible science."
Whorton's book is, by far, the best critical examination of young earth creationism from a biblical viewpoint. It is highly recommended for Christians who fall on either side of the debate.
Cut to the chase -- I was a devout Young-Earth Creationism (YEC) for about a decade until the whole paradigm started to crumble under the weight of scientific REALITY. The Bible, the Word never faltered but the YEC ship was sinking fast. Worse yet, when trying to discuss Old-Earth Creationism (OEC) evidences with YEC friends they turned a deaf ear and essentially refused to consider clear evidence from many fields of science. I took a 20-year hiatus from the whole mess. That was then, this is now.
I cannot more highly recommend the fine work Dr Whorton has put into approaching YEC arguments and clearly freeing the spirit and the mind of believers to at last walk in the freedom of the OEC paradigm. Whorton shows that being an OEC adherent doesn't demand one leave their faith in the Redeemer/Creator. Neither must an OEC visionary drop their God-given, open-minded intelligence at the doorstep of YEC's psuedo-science theories and their tradition-staled theology of homocentrism.
Creation was not about a Paradise for Man to frolic in that God just whipped together in 144 hours -- no way! God's timeless and eternal Purpose has been snowballing for billions of years and the Garden of Eden was just a small part, the stage for Man to dance well or not -- and all in all will be in the culmination -- the Glory of God and when He looked over all Time and Creation he saw it was indeed "very good".
I predict YEC has a current viable lifespan of about 40 years or at least until the Creator, the Ancient of Days, Yeshua the Lord returns . . .