The Six Day Creation Debate Just Heating Up in the PCA

The Progression of the PCA Creation Debate — Told with 6 Recent News Stories

What Does The Westminster Confession Mean By ‘In The Space of Six Days’ 

Written by R. C. Sproul — Sunday, 02 October 2011

“…In the beginning, to create, or make of nothing, the world, and all things therein whether visible or invisible, in the space of six days; and all very good.” (WCF IV=1)

In the Genesis account of creation, we read; “So the evening and the morning were the first day” (Gen. 1:5). This narrative proceeds from the first day to the sixth, each time referring to “the evening and the morning” and numbering the day. On the seventh day, God rested (Gen. 2:2).

In our time a considerable number of theories have arisen denying that the creation, as we know it, took place in twenty-four hour days. Common to these theories is the acceptance of the dominant scientific view that the earth and life on it are very old. Many consider the biblical account to be primitive, mythological, and untenable in light of modern scientific knowledge.  Click here to read the rest of the article.


Written by Daniel Wells — Tuesday, 27 December 2011

There is a reason why six day creation is not regarded as an essential doctrine in the Great Tradition. In two thousand years there has been no monolithic stance on the days of Genesis. Even if a majority of Christian interpreters have taken the traditional view, we should take notice that the interpretation over the nature of the days has never been made a case for orthodoxy.

I’ve read, with much interest, the recent debates over creation and the doctrine of Scripture on Reformation21 and The Aquila Report. The interest is threefold.

First, this is becoming a central discussion/debate in evangelical circles.  Click here to read the rest of the article.


Written by Daniel Wells — Thursday, 05 January 2012

There isn’t a lot going on in the world of theology, philosophy, and science on December 30, 2011. Yet, at Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) in Charlotte, NC there was a packed room of 200+ people listening to a two hour presentation on the days of creation.

Such an event might be a failure unless you have a competent, witty Irishman who is bilingual in both biblical interpretation and scientific inquiry. Though technically Dr. John Lennox is a mathematician, his long, tenured career at the University of Wales and his current post at the University of Oxford has seen him engage in the science-faith debate and take upon the vocation of a Christian apologist. Lennox is well-known for his debates with the so-called ‘new atheists’ such as Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens.  Click here to read the rest of the article.


Written by Luiza Oleszczuk, Christian Post — Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Ham has won the NRB best ministry website award for the second time in six years. The convention jury said in a statement that the ministry’s website is “Not only … attractive and easy-to-use, but its true hallmark is that AiG posts several new items to its site every day and they all relate to proclaiming the Bible’s accuracy and authority.”

Christian apologists like Ken Ham, president and founder of Answers in Genesis, might see more opposition to their literal way of reading the Bible. That includes believing in a literal Adam and Eve and the fall of man, Ham told The Christian Post Sunday.

His belief that the Bible is the history book of the universe is increasingly under attack, he said.  Click here to read the rest of the article.


Written by Ken Ham, AIG — Monday, 27 February 2012

I don’t necessarily believe that people like Tim Keller have deliberately misrepresented me and others like me who take the stand we do on Genesis. I think they haven’t really understood what we are saying in relation to the loss of biblical authority. And I personally believe one of the reasons they don’t understand is because they really don’t know what the word “science” is and how it is used!

Tim Keller is pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, New York. He attended Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. (Editor’s Note: Tim’s DMin is from WTS; his MDiv is from Gordon Conwell)

He is known as a good Bible teacher and has a heart for evangelizing New York City. Redeemer Presbyterian’s Hope for New York outreach program seeks to satisfy the spiritual and material needs of those in the community. Hope for New York does sets a high standard for Christian participation in the larger community.  Click here to read the rest of the article.


Written by Danny E. Olinger  —  Friday, 16 March 2012

The reliability of the biblical account in Genesis may be questioned, they think, but not the latest findings of science. It is the unquestioned authority in the modern world. However, science is an evolving social activity in which the participants are fallible people. Hence, there are no absolutely objective facts with science. The assumption that nature is an infallible guide is also problematic when the reality is that nature is cursed.

P&R Publishing is to be commended for bringing to print in North America a stellar collection of essays by British evangelicals. Edited by Norman C. Nevin, the book is entitled Should Christians Embrace Evolution? Biblical and Scientific Responses. The thesis of the volume is that Christians cannot accept modern evolutionary theory without compromising the teachings of the Bible. Modern evolutionary theory—specifically, neo-Darwinian mechanisms of mutation and natural selection, and the common ancestry of all living things—allows one to explain life and human origins without reference to God. However, the Bible from its opening words proclaims that life can only be explained with reference to God.

The essays, by both theologians and scientists, cover a wide range of issues, but there are two basic questions: (1) Is evolution compatible with Christianity? (2) Must Christians abandon their belief in the historical priority of Adam and Eve in the human race, in the light of modern genetic research? According to the authors, positive answers to these questions have gained traction among Christians in recent years through the publication of such books as Denis Alexander’s Creation or Evolution: Do We Have to Choose?  Click here to read the rest of the article.


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Why Does the Apostle's Creed Profess Faith in Pontius Pilate?  —  Luke 1:1-4

Why Does the Apostle's Creed Profess Faith in Pontius Pilate? — Luke 1:1-4

Reverend Anthony R. Locke June 27th, 2010  at the First Presbyterian Church of Tucker Luke 1:1-4 Apostle’s Creed Series 10 English Standard Version 1 Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, 2 just as those who from the beginning...
Is My Bible Reliable?  —  Psalm 119:89-96

Is My Bible Reliable? — Psalm 119:89-96

Reverend Anthony R. Locke March 20th, 2011 www.FirstPresTucker.org at the First Presbyterian Church of Tucker Are English Bible's the Word of God? Psalm 119:89-96     Do I hold in my hand the Word of God? English Standard Version 89 Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. 90...
Do Rocks and Fossils Take a Long Time to Form?

Do Rocks and Fossils Take a Long Time to Form?

From grade school to college, we are taught that rocks and fossils take a very long time to form and that they are proof that the earth is hundreds of millions of years old. Part of the process of creating fossils is for the soil, dirt or sand surrounding the...
Why Does the Apostle's Creed Think Pontius Pilate is Central to our Faith? — Luke 1:1-4

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Leigh Jones Louisiana College trustees and administrators at the end of March won what could be the last battle in a long war over the school's adherence to its biblical foundation. On March 28, a Louisiana district court judge dismissed a suit brought against the school by four professors who...
Should We Still Believe in a Historical Adam?

Should We Still Believe in a Historical Adam?

Bryan D. Estelle My thesis is simple: by questioning the historicity of Adam, one must revise the doctrine of original sin with serious modifications. Even recent purveyors of theistic evolution, who question the historicity of Adam, recognize this to be the case.[1] In fact, one Christian scholar goes so far as...