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A Biblical Argument for Animal Death Before the Fall

Published on December 20, 2015 By sirrahc

“Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned — for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, […]

So, You Want to Learn about Old-Earth Creationism…

Published on December 6, 2015 By sirrahc

“Increasing our understanding of truth constitutes a large part of our assignment here on Earth…. As scientists discover more and more about the realm of nature and everything within it, including ourselves and our beginnings, we can be certain that the evidence for its divine design as well as for the divine inspiration of Scripture […]

Primer on Origins Views for Christians (Part 2 of 3)

Published on August 16, 2015 By sirrahc

“All truth is given by revelation, either general or special, and it must be received by reason. Reason is the God-given means for discovering the truth that God discloses, whether in his world or his Word. While God wants to reach the heart with truth, he does not bypass the mind.”  — Jonathan Edwards, 18th […]

Primer on Origins Views for Christians (Part 1 of 3)

Published on August 9, 2015 By sirrahc

“Without special revelation, general revelation would be for sinful men incomplete and ineffective…. Without general revelation, special revelation would lack that basis in the fundamental knowledge of God as the mighty and wise, righteous and good, maker and ruler of all things.”  — B.B. Warfield, distinguished “Princetonian” theologian As an admin at the “Old Earth […]

A Local Flood Interpretation of Genesis 7

Published on February 9, 2015 By sirrahc

“[I]f the report is a phenomenological depiction, permitting the possibility of a local flood, the meaning is not substantially altered: all that Noah and his generation know is swallowed up by the waters so that none survives.”  — Dr. Kenneth A. Mathews, The New American Commentary, Vol. 1A In my Facebook travels, not long ago […]

Another YEC/OEC Exchange, Part 2 of 2: The Sabbath and Evening/Morning

Published on September 23, 2012 By sirrahc

Welcome back! If you’ve been following along, you know that I recently had a civil-but-slightly-frustrating exchange on Facebook with a young-earth creationist (YEC). (Well, there were more involved in the larger “discussion”, but I’m focusing on the interchange between the two of us.) He was making rather confident — even dogmatic — assertions about what […]

Another YEC/OEC Exchange, Part 1 of 2: What the Early Church Fathers Said about Creation Days

Published on September 15, 2012 By sirrahc

As you may know, I sometimes post parts of exchanges I’ve had with skeptics and young-earth creationists (YEC) on Facebook or some other forum. They can be informative and instructional — at least, to me, and hopefully for others “listening in”. They can also be as frustrating as all get out, whether because a) the […]

Just One Minute, Dr. Tackett!: Time and an Old Earth

Published on March 31, 2012 By sirrahc

In a recent panel discussion at Ligonier Ministries’ 2012 National Conference, Dr. Del Tackett took his turn at the mic (56:20) to comment on the “young earth vs. old earth” issue. Since he holds a Young Earth Creationist (YEC) position, I, of course, disagreed with much (though not all) that he said. But, the portion […]

Young-Earth / Old-Earth Creationist Exchange, Part 3 of 3: A Literal Adam and Death Before the Fall

Published on January 21, 2012 By sirrahc

In this final installment, ‘Jeff’ and I returned to Eden and the subject of Adam (along with Eve, this time). As I recall, he expressed his appreciation that I didn’t give any credence to the ability of purely naturalistic processes to “create” the first life or the diversity of life we see now and in […]

Young-Earth / Old-Earth Creationist Exchange, Part 2 of 3: The Days of Creation and Evolution

Published on January 19, 2012 By sirrahc

A couple days ago, I started this series about my Facebook discussion with ‘Jeff’, a Young-Earth Creationist. The Young-Earth vs. Old-Earth dialog in general involves important worldview & spiritual issues, so it can be quite frustrating when the “other guy” doesn’t seem to understand or accede a point or perhaps mischaracterizes your view. Many such […]

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