My apologies to those of you who are light years ahead of me with regard to the great debate – Old Earth vs. New Earth Creationism. I must confess, I have not been terribly interested in this topic UNTIL NOW… For our experts following TWW, please bear with me during the next few posts, and for those who are ignoramuses about creationism like myself, I hope the information I'll be sharing will familiarize you with what’s going on and what I believe is at stake – that being CHRISTIAN LIBERTY.
In yesterday’s post, I introduced you to Ken Ham, who appears to be the self-appointed spokesman for Young Earth Creationism. Since coming to the United States, this high school science teacher has made quite a name for himself. His B.S. in Applied Science has taken him quite far.
Today I will be featuring a debate that took place between Ken Ham, Jason Lisle (Ham’s associate with an earned Ph.D. is astrophysics), Walt Kaiser, and Hugh Ross.
Allow me to share some biographical information about the individuals who are debating Ham and Lisle.
Hugh Ross is a Canadian-born Old Earth Creationist who is also an astronomer and astrophysicist. His academic credentials are impressive. According to his Wikipedia article,
Ross “earned a BSc in physics from the University of British Columbia and an MSc and PhD in astronomy from the University of Toronto; and he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Caltech, studying quasars and galaxies. Ross was the youngest person ever to serve as director of observations for Vancouver’s Royal Astronomical Society.”
Ross is also a Christian apologist who established Reasons To Believe, a ministry that promotes forms of Old Earth creationism known as progressive creationism and day-age creationism. Given his extensive background in astronomy, it should not be surprising that he believes science teaches an old age of the earth and old age of the universe; however, he rejects evolution and abiogenesis (the development of living organisms from nonliving matter).
Walt Kaiser, Jr., is the the Colman M. Mockler distinguished Professor of Old Testament and former President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary located in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, which is the main campus and headquarters for the seminary. He retired on June 30, 2006. Kaiser earned his A.B. from Wheaton College, his B.D. from Wheaton Graduate School, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Mediterranean studies from Brandeis University.
“Previous to his appointment at GCTS he was academic dean and Professor of Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he taught for more than twenty years,” according to Kaiser's Wikipedia article.
He served as president of the Evangelical Theological Society in 1977. In addition, Kaiser received the Danforth Teacher Study Grant and is a member of the Wheaton College Scholastic Honor Society.
The Wiki article also includes the following biographical information about Kaiser:
“Prior to coming to Gordon-Conwell, Kaiser taught Bible and archeology at Wheaton College and taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in several capacities. In addition to teaching in the Old Testament department, he was senior vice president of education, academic dean, and senior vice president of distance learning and ministries. Kaiser currently serves on the boards of several Christian organizations.
Kaiser has contributed to such publications as Journal for the Study of Old Testament, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Christianity Today, Westminster Theological Journal, and Evangelical Quarterly. He has also written numerous books, including Toward an Old Testament Theology; Ecclesiastes: Total Life; Toward an Exegetical Theology: Biblical Exegesis for Preaching and Teaching; Hard Sayings of the Old Testament; Communicator's Commentary: Micah to Malachi; Leviticus in The New Interpreter's Bible; Exodus in the Expositor's Bible Commentary; The Messiah in the Old Testament; A History of Israel; and co-authored An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics: The Search for Meaning.”
To understand both New Earth and Old Earth Creationism, I want to share an outstanding resource called the “Origin Views Comparison Chart”. This chart also explains Theistic Evolution as well as Naturalistic Evolution. Did you know there is such a theory as “theistic evolution”? Apparently, Ken Ham and the Duggars have never heard of it. They erroneously think that if one believes in evolution, (s)he must be an atheist PERIOD!
Francis Collins, an evangelical Christian, is a proponent of theistic evolution or evolutionary creation, which he terms “BioLogos”. As Dee has previously discussed, Collins is “an American physician-geneticist (MD/PhD), noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the Human Genome Project (HGP) and described by the Endocrine Society as "one of the most accomplished scientists of our time", according to his Wikipedia article.
With these introductions out of the way, let’s get on with the great debate – Old Earth vs. New Earth Creationism. The debate is moderated by John Ankerberg. FYI – YouTube will not post videos longer than 10 minutes, so the debate has been divided into three segments. I have watched all three installments and highly encourage them. These videos are unable to be embedded, but the links work.
Well, the weekend is here, and we want to lighten things up. Here are two good old boys discussing the Creation Museum. Enjoy!
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