> If you tell people, "You cannot be a Christian unless you accept
>one specific inadequate way of reading the Bible which leads to manifest
>conlfict with what we know about the real world", you are doing terrible
>harm to the Christian community & providing a quite unnecessary scandal
>(because it is not the scandal of the cross). If you imply to young
>people that believing in an old earth is equivalent to atheism, then as
>soon as they learn from real science that the earth is old, they're
>likely to take you at your word & decide that they are atheists.
This is one of our few areas of agreement. Unless the concordistic account
is constructed very carefully, it does more harm than good. I nearly became
an atheist because the science christians were promulgating was false. But
then that does not mean that NO attempt at concording the Bible with science
will work, unless you have examined all possibilities, which you and I can't
possibly have done, because it includes possibilities we haven't thought of yet.
Foundation, Fall and Flood