Over the past several years, I have moved from believing in a young earth (6,000-10,000 years) to an older earth (4.5 billion years). I wouldn’t say that I’m totally convinced, but I do think that the biblical and scientific evidence is much stronger for an old earth. This position, unfortunately, alienates me from some of my evangelical brothers and sisters, but I cannot claim to believe something that I don’t believe any more.
For those who wonder about my views on the Bible, I am a strong believer in the infallibility and inerrancy of the Bible. I am not, however, convinced that every human interpretation of the Bible is infallible. We make mistakes and sometimes misinterpret. Some passages in the Bible are more difficult to interpret than others. I believe that correct interpretation of the first chapter of Genesis is not obvious. Intelligent and conservative Christians disagree on the meaning of these passages.
In addition, I affirm the historical-grammatical method of Bible interpretation. I believe that we should read the Bible as the original author intended it to be understood in the historical context within which he wrote.
The issue of interpreting the “days” of Genesis is a fascinating and important issue, but it is not one of the essentials of the faith. The age of the the earth is not a test for orthodoxy and there are several literal views of the “days” in Genesis.
Consider this post to be an introduction to several more posts on the age of the earth. It is my fervent prayer that we will have fruitful and respectful conversations about these issues. As always, I will welcome comments from all sides. I look forward to the discussion and I hope I can learn along with everyone else.