Earth? How old is it anyway?
by Joel Onyshuk
Man, I loved "Star Trek: The Next Generation", as a kid. It was fascinating. Creative life forms. Exciting adventures. Lots of unanswered questions. Kind of like our world, in a way, right?
One of the questions that has yet to be satisfactorily answered is, "How old is the earth?" So let’s chat…
For a very long time, science and Christians have bickered about the age of our planet. Science has most recently measured it in terms of millions and billions of years based on carbon-dating technology and other means. Many Christians have measured the earth in terms of thousands of years (e.g., 6,000 is commonly hypothesized). So the lingering question that leads to this tension is, in so many words, "Can we reconcile science and Scripture in this area?"
I don’t know if you’re aware, but in the conservative, educated, evangelical Christian world, there is actually quite a diverse opinion on the age of the earth. So how do we teach people what the "truth" is and be faithful to the biblical text and to widespread scientific findings? We have to remember that science and Scripture, properly understood, will not contradict each other. If God did indeed create the world, God created it in such a way that it remains constant, sustained by his powerful word, and able to be examined by scientific, measurable and repeatable standards…
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