RE: [asa] Youth leaving churches because of old earth

From: gordon brown <Gordon.Brown@Colorado.EDU>
Date: Fri Aug 07 2009 - 13:07:26 EDT

On Fri, 7 Aug 2009, Bill Powers wrote:

> I have been a member of two churches that were either officially or de facto
> YEC churches, and yet the issue hardly ever came up. In the LCMS, at least
> conservative LCMS, the church is doctrinally YEC, and yet the issue never
> comes up. It is simply quietly presumed, and, as I said in a previous post,
> there are much larger fish to fry. The other church was a E Free church.
> Many members were individually much concerned with apologetics related to YEC
> and evolution issues, but in the church per se the issue hardly ever arose,
> again, for the same reasons given above.


It isn't clear to me whether you are saying that you have been a member of
two denominations or two congregations that are officially or de facto
YEC. One of those you mentioned was the E. Free Church. I have been a
member of the Evangelical Free Church (two different congregations) for
over 42 years. Although I assume that many of the members are YEC, I know
that many are not. (Both congregations are in university towns.) There
is nothing about the age of the earth in the denomination's statement of
faith. Furthermore I have heard that all the OT professors in the Free
Church's seminary (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) are old earth (but
probably not TE). Walter Kaiser and Gleason Archer, who taught there a
number of years ago, publicly defended the view that the earth is old.

Gordon Brown (ASA member)

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