Re: [asa] Advice for conversing with YECs

From: Dennis Venema <>
Date: Sat Oct 25 2008 - 11:23:52 EDT

Hi Ted,

I would love for him to read the Haarsma's book. I gave a copy of their book to a student going through these issues earlier this year. It's a great resource.

Alas, he has said that he does not want to read "anything from my side" of the debate because he already knows that it will be on conflict with Scripture.

Thanks everyone, for your advice. I was surprised at how quickly he dug in and how unwilling he was to consider other views - from everyone's comments, though, it appears that response isn't uncommon.


On 25/10/08 7:06 AM, "Ted Davis" <> wrote:


I am in an extended internet conversation now, with an honest inquirer who
holds YEC views. I strongly recommend that you have your friend buy the new
book by the Haarsmas, and that you refer him to the web site for that book
also--so much more at that site than the book itself can get into.

If you do this, I would be interested to learn how it turns out.


>>> Dennis Venema <> 10/24/08 5:00 PM >>>
I seem to be something of a lightning rod for YECs in my local church
sphere. At present I am discussing these issues with a gentleman from my
congregation, but I am not making much progress in having him try to
understand my point of view. We can't even get past the age-of-the-earth
issue. He is not interested in looking at any evidence, either.

I am interested in what advice folks might have - I am especially interested
in hearing from those of you who used to be YECs but now accept an old
earth. What was useful to you as you made the transition?

Thanks, all.


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