[asa] various questions

From: David Buller <bullerscience@gmail.com>
Date: Fri Jun 01 2007 - 22:48:06 EDT

My Dad (who is also interested in age of the earth/evolution questions)
recently asked the opinion of a friend of his (by email) regarding the age
of the earth. I'd be interested in hearing your perspectives on some of the
objections to an old earth that were brought up by the friend.

1. "Romans 8:19-23 talks about how the whole creation was affected by sin
and that through sin the creation was subjected to futility (v. 20),
corruption, and decay (v. 21) all things that led to death. So, I think
there is fairly clear Biblical warrant to say that the whole creation
suffered from Adam's sin and that before that sin there would have been no
futility, corruption, decay, or death."

2. "This also comes from Romans 5:12ff. The issue here is that if Adam
evolved, then the human race did not just descend from Adam but from the
entire population of pre-Adamic, pre-human beings. There would have been
nothing to stop the intermarriage of Adam's descendants with the descendants
of other, non-human beings; or for other humans to evolve apart from Adam.
So, you would have humans inheriting a sin nature and dying who were not
exclusive descendants from Adam. Theologically, Romans 5 does not make sense
if Adam evolved. I think these first two issues pretty much rule out
biological macroevolution."

In the Tyndale Old Testament commentary on Genesis, Kidner has some
interesting perspectives on this, and I agree with him (an evolutionary
creationist). I'd still like to hear what some of you think and share it
with my Dad.

David Buller

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