Re: [asa] YEC the default Christian belief? (was: (aliens) November Newsletter from Reasonable Faith)

From: dfsiemensjr <>
Date: Wed Nov 18 2009 - 22:15:06 EST

I would say that the gap theory straddles OEC and YEC. It's OEC up to
the time of the destruction, but then all life has to be recreated. This
has to happen quickly, thus YEC. There is a further complication with the
meaning of /yom/. A deeper look will surely show more complications.
Dave (ASA)

On Wed, 18 Nov 2009 19:56:16 -0500 "Ted Davis" <>
> Unexpectedly, I found free wifi in the airport, and I'm taking
> advantage of it to chime in on this one.
> To answer Cameron's question: no, I didn't know what the YEC view
> was while growing up, in the home of a PCUSA minister. My dad never
> talked about science--he didn't know the first thing about it, and
> he knew that. Nor did I get it anywhere else. The first time I can
> remember hearing about YEC was in the mid-1970s. Shortly after that
> I took a teaching position at a fundamentalist school, where I heard
> a lot more about it. I didn't agree with it, taught alternatives,
> and was permitted to do so.
> John: the Scofield Bible was absolutely an OEC Bible. The gap view
> is an OEC view. One of its leading 19th C advocates, Edward
> Hitchcock, realized that he needed to address the issue of death
> before the fall, and did so in a section of what was the first
> geology textbook to be authored by an American. To see what he
> said, go to and do some
> reading.
> The gap view put all the fossils to the original creation--i.e., the
> one preceding our own biological world. Neither Hitchcock nor most
> other gap advocates did not see the flood as the cause of the
> fossiliferous rocks. That is, they rejected what is now called
> "flood geology," in Hitchcock's case decisively so: it's just flat
> stupid, he basically said. Incidentally, Hitchcock was taught the
> day-age view by Silliman at Yale, and he allowed for that view in
> the selections on my web site, but he preferred the gap view as more
> literal, in his opinion. I think that general perception is the
> reason why so many of the early "fundamentalists" (as in the 1920s)
> liked it so much, and why Scofield taught it.
> Ted
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