Creation Essentials, Creation Non-Essentials
Young Earth Creationism, Old Earth Creationism. A lot of energy is going into this debate. Some claim it is vital to the future health of the church. Others say "What's the big deal?". I'm concerned that we Christians are busy fighting each other over this topic, and leaving the real mission of the church to suffer. My issue is not with the Young Earth Creation position, per se. I believe this is a good, solid interpretation of Genesis. However, I believe there is a false teaching, which I will term Strong Young Earth Creationism, which turns the view on creation into a foundation for the entire gospel message. It is this position which I hope to expose.
Below you will find a paper I've developed to address this topic. I hope that you find it useful, and that it can help us focus our eyes on Jesus Christ, who was "with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made!" (John 1:3-4)
Preface: Creation Essentials, Creation Non-Essentials
Part 1 - Death Before the Fall?
Part 2 - Hermeneutics, Science, and Biblical Authority
Part 3 - Exegetical Concerns
Part 4 - Essential and Non-Essential Doctrines
Comments? Reach me at davekresta @ comcast.net
Some useful creation links
Young Earth Creationism. Old Earth Creationism. Was there Death before the Fall? What is the relation between Science and the Bible? Do they ever conflict? Can science help us interpret the Bible? What was the original intended meaning of Genesis 1?