The Bible, Rocks and Time
Is the Earth relatively young or very old? We've all heard the controversy. The consensus regarding the age of the Earth, based on the best geological evidence, is that it is billions of years old. But many Christians believe that...
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Is the Earth relatively young or very old?
We've all heard the controversy. The consensus regarding the age of the Earth, based on the best geological evidence, is that it is billions of years old. But many Christians believe that the Bible teaches the Earth is only a few thousand years old at best. What are we to make of this discrepancy? Geologists Davis Young and Ralph Stearley tackle this issue head-on.
Thoroughly examining historical, biblical, geological and philosophical perspectives, the amply illustrated Bible, Rocks and Time takes a comprehensive and authoritative look at the key issues related to the Earth's antiquity.
"Saying that The Bible, Rocks and Time is probably the best book of its kind would not be saying enough, since there really is no other book of its kind: a treatment of the varied and overwhelmingly consistent evidence for the antiquity of our planet, written by Evangelical Christians with the aim of not only making the scientific case for the age of the Earth, but also helping conservative Christian readers navigate the issues of theology and Biblical interpretation that go along with such a conclusion, and all the while pointing out the difficulties and at times dishonesty of the young-earth creationist position. I highly recommend this book for any young earth creationist who is open to encountering an opposing viewpoint. I also recommend it for anyone who is unsure what to think about matters of science and creationism and wants more information. I heartily recommend this book -- all 510 pages of it!"
Davis A. Young (Ph.D., Brown University) is Professor of Geology Emeritus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His books include John Calvin and the Natural World, The Biblical Flood: A Case Study of the Church's Response to Extra-biblical Evidence, Portraits of Creation: Biblical and Scientific Perspectives on the World's Formation and Science Held Hostage: What's Wrong with Creation Science and Evolutionism and The Bible, Rocks and Time: Geological Evidence for the Age of the Earth
Ralph F. Stearley (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is professor of geology and chairman of the department of geology, geography and environmental studies at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His current research interests include the history of paleontology and stratigraphy and Christian reactions to evolutionary thought.
- List Of Figures
- List Of Tables
- Part One: Historical Perspectives
- 1. The Age Of The Earth Through The Seventeenth Century
- 2. Investigation Of The Earth In The Seventeenth Century
- 3. The Emergence Of Modern Geology
- 4. Harmonizing Geological Chronology And Scripture In The Nineteenth Century
- 5. Antiquity Of The Earth: Twentieth Century To The Present
- Part Two: Biblical Perspectives
- 6. The Bible And The Antiquity Of The Earth: Part One
- 7. The Bible And The Antiquity Of The Earth: Part Two
- Part Three: Geological Perspectives
- 8. The Nature And Nurture Of The Stratigraphic Record
- 9. Fossil Graveyards: A Rumble In The Jumble?
- 10. Sands Through The Hourglass: Sedimentation, Ancient Environments And Time
- 11. Of Time, Temperature And Turkeys: Clues From The Depths
- 12. Time And The Stratigraphy Of The Michigan Basin: A Case Study
- 13. Illumination From The Range Of Light: The Sierra Nevada
- 14. Radiometric Dating: Part One
- 15. Radiometric Dating: Part Two
- Part Four: Philosophical Perspectives
- 16. Uniformitarianism, Catastrophism And Empiricism
- 17. Creationism, Evangelism And Apologetics
- Index Of Names
- Index Of Subjects