“Who in the world cares how old the rocks are?!”
That brief outburst from an old man in our congregation years ago was good for me to hear. I was a young pastor, and several of the other men and I had been discussing the question of the age of the earth. And in the midst of one of our detailed conversations, this old man—Bud was his name, the senior saint of our church, very much loved and respected by all—introduced the thinking of normal people. Honestly, unless they’ve been messed with, Christians don’t normally care about the age of the earth. They care about creation and evolution, but why we should fight over the age of the rocks … they just don’t get it.
Well, I remain interested in the discussion. And I enjoy following the new literature and arguments, even if my opinions by now are somewhat settled on the matter. But it grieves me when the discussion is elevated to a divisive level for Christians of equal biblical commitments.
Cabal and Rasor would agree, but their new book is much more than a plea to get along. It provides an excellent history of the discussion/debate and a fair and very helpful analysis of the various sides. Whichever side of the fence you’re on, you’ll find this book illuminating. If you’re one who feels the need to divide over the question of the age of the earth, you need to read this book. And all sides who have interest in the question—and in the larger creation-evolution debate—will find it profitable.
A much-needed perspective and analysis. We hope to feature this book again here on Books At a Glance.
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Controversy of the Ages: Why Christians Should Not Divide Over the Age of the Earth