Dangitbill readers know that a little while back I set out to study the topic of the age of the earth. There are basically 3 logically possible positions (old, young, and eternal). Only the first 2 are scientifically viable today since even the most committed philosophical materialists admit the universe looks like it had a beginning. You know, the Big Bang and all that?
Christians are not allowed to be materialists. That option is not open to us because we are convinced that God is, and therefore two things must be true. (1) God is eternal, and (2) the universe is not. Having that option closed off to me is not a problem because I don’t think the evidence points to materialism being true. My conundrum as a curious creationist has been finding updated, reputable, and compelling books that present a case for either young earth creationism (YEC) or old earth creationism (OEC). Not a summary, mind you. Anyone can find decent summaries on the web one or three clicks away. What I’ve been searching for is to be convinced. If at all possible, I would like to achieve “cognitive rest” on the age of the earth issue. Alas, what I’m beginning to discover is how tall an order mine is. This question is a Rabbit Hole of rabbit holes because there are perplexing puzzles associated with every possible view. Continue reading