Feb 6, 2014.
The debate put up a Christian who adopts a ‘young earth’ interpretation of the Bible (Ken Ham), vs a TV “Science Guy” personality (Ken Nye). Not all Christians take this “young earth is 6,000 years old” position, in fact, many do not – including me. Its is very possible that the earth was “created” over a period of “ages”, in contrast to a period of several literal days. Many great Christian theologians, including Augustine, took this position. And there is a significant amount of scientific evidence to support the notion that the earth was “created” over a long period of time (the “old earth” position).
If it is the case that the word interpreted as “days” in Genesis by some can just as well mean “ages”, then the Genesis story lines up pretty well with the scientific geological record (see our article on this web site concerning the “days vs. ages” controversy)
Not all of the Bible is written to be taken as a literal historical record. Some of it is, but other parts are psalms, sonnets, songs, etc. It is not required that we interpret Genesis as literal 24 hour “days”. The text allows for reading it as creation over a period of six “ages”, during which God work His creative powers.
True science cannot be in conflict with the Bible. God has revealed Himself in nature, as well as through His written Word. When we look at nature, the human body, the beauty of the sun, moon and stars, the magnificence of the DNA programming in every living thing, how can we not see the hand of a grand Designer? Science reveals His grand design, and His word declares “The heavens declare the glory of God, the firmament shows His handiwork”. We see His word in nature, in the stars; and in His written Word.
Natural revelation and Scriptural revelation. Both point to the one true Lord of Heaven and Earth.
Resources for further reading:
Reasons to Believe: http://www.reasons.org/nyevsham