Creation and Time book

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Author: Paul S. Taylor and Mark Van Bebber
ISBN 1877775029
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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
Who is Hugh Ross? 10
A brief summary of Dr. Ross's Book 12
A Key Tactic of Progressive Creationism 15
CLAIM: The age of the earth is "a trivial doctrinal point." 15
Dual Revelation 25
The "facts of nature" versus Scripture 25
CLAIM: Single Revelation is the belief of many young-earth creationists. 28
CLAIM: The facts of nature are like a 67th book of the Bible. 30
CLAIM: Observation of the universe (general revelation) is sufficient to discover the  
gospel. 36
CLAIM: The universe is billions of years old. 39
Other Theological Considerations 41
CLAIM: God created many carnivorous animals in the beginning -- long before Adam's  
sin. 41
CLAIM: Plants were killed before Adam's sin, so there clearly was death before the Fall. 44
CLAIM: Nowhere does the Bible say that animal death did not exist before the Fall. 45
CLAIM: The death that came through sin was spiritual, not physical. 47
CLAIM: Creation was subjected to futility from its very beginning. 51
CLAIM: Isaiah and "Church father" Origen supported pre-Fall "bondage to decay" 52
Biblical Considerations 55
CLAIM: The Flood was local, not global 55
CLAIM: The Creation account is told from the perspective of an observer on earth. 60
CLAIM: Most stars and planets were created before the first day. 61
CLAIM: The simplest, most natural reading of Genesis 1 is that the days were long ages. 63
CLAIM: The Bible says the earth is very old. 65
CLAIM: God's days are not our days Psalm 90:4 and 2 Peter 3:8 67
CLAIM: The use of "morning and evening" in Genesis 1 does not indicate literal days. The  
Hebrew word for "morning" in Genesis 1 is metaphorical. 68
CLAIM: Because the word "day" in Genesis 2:4 refers to the entire creation week, there  
is more reason to believe the first six days were not literal. 69
CLAIM: The "uniqueness" of the seventh day indicates the days of Creation were not  
normal days. 69
CLAIM: Genesis 1 is different than other chapters, therefore the days can be long. 73
CLAIM: The Creation days do not have to be literal because not all numbered days in the  
Bible refer to 24-hour periods. 74
CLAIM: God could not have used different wording in Genesis 1 to more clearly indicate  
long "days." 76
CLAIM: Genesis 1 is a chronology. Therefore, the days were not 24-hours. 77
CLAIM: Because Adam used the word "happa'am" when he saw Eve, the 6th day was a  
long period. 78
CLAIM: The events of the sixth day prove that it must have been longer than a normal day. 80
CLAIM: The Hebrew word "toledah" (Genesis 2:4) indicates old universe. 84
Hebrew words -- more examples of inaccurate claims 86
CLAIM: Nephesh = birds and mammals 86
CLAIM: Chayyah = long-legged, wild quadruped 89
CLAIM: Behema = long-legged, domestic mammals 90
CLAIM: Remes = short-legged land mammals (in Genesis 1) 90
History of Creationism 93
CLAIM: The early Church Fathers supported long Creation days 93
CLAIM: Even those Church Fathers who did not write about this subject rejected 24-hour  
days. 100
CLAIM: Church Scholars of the Dark and Middle Ages would probably also disagree  
with literal days. 101
CLAIM: Lightfoot and Ussher ignored Hebrew scholarship. 101
CLAIM: Young-earth creationists are "Ussherites." 102
CLAIM: God would naturally take billions of years for Creation because He is a master  
craftsman. 104
More on Progressive Creationism's Billions-of-Years 105
CLAIM: Science has conclusively proven earth is old. 105
CLAIM: The universe has to be billions of years old, otherwise life could not exist. 108
CLAIM: God used the Big Bang to create the universe. 109
Denouncing Young-Earth Creationists 111
An affinity for secular evolutionists over young-earth Christians 111
CLAIM: The motivation of young-earth creationists is fear 111
CLAIM: Young-earth creationists have no scientific support; they are operating on blind  
faith. 113
CLAIM: Young-earth creationists deny physical reality, and they are arrogant, too. 114
CLAIM: Young-earth creationists are divisive. 115
CLAIM: The Bible-Science Association said that Hugh Ross rejects Christ's Atonement. 117
CLAIM: Young-earth creationists say salvation depends on belief in 24-hour-days and  
recent Creation. 117
CLAIM: Wendell Bird "is not committed" to a young universe. 118
Conclusion 119
For Further Information 121
Index 123
About the authors 128