Creationists' age for the earth

David Beorn dbeorn at freenet.vcu.edu
Thu Sep 12 08:38:57 EST 1996

On Tue, 10 Sep 1996, Mark D. Garfinkel wrote:

> From: Mark D. Garfinkel <mg16 at midway.uchicago.edu>
> Newgroups: bionet.molbio.evolution
> Leonard F. Kuehner <lkuehner at hookup.net> wrote:
> >My wife (Ph.D. biologist) has just begun teaching at a Christian 
> >private school (developing their science program). [...]
> >[instruction of creationism vs. evolution, age of earth issues elided]
> >In any event, what I would like to pose here, is where has the 
> >magical number of 6K been derived from.
> 	Um... Hmmm... The (in)famous Bishop Usher, in the 1700s if I'm not
> mistaken, arrived at the universe having come into being at a particular
> time, on a particular day, in 4004 B.C. through a "careful" reading of
> Scriptures (presumably Old & New Testaments). 4004+1996 = 6000 years,
> precisely.
> >My wife is thinking of cautiously challenging some 
> >of this doctrine, and would like to have some useful ammutition.
> 	Your wife is, IMO, incautiously playing with fire. The smaller,
> more-religiously focussed Christian colleges, in the United States at
> least, seek to hire science faculty "able to teach within the context
> of a <insert denomination> Christian environment." Their faculty
> recruitment advertisements in journals such as _Science_ often use
> similar phrases along those lines. I always interpreted the wording as
> meaning "Evolutionists, Old-Earthers and Jews need not apply." It seems

I don't know what this has to do with Jews - if they are practicing Jews 
they would likely, I would think, believe in Creation.  And since the 
creation story is in "their" part of the Bible, it would be within their 
beliefs.  I think the point here is that they are teaching within the 
bounds of the Bible and those that reject it might not able to handle 
that too well.  

> to me that if she is not willing to toe the line on Scriptural interpretation
> then it's only a matter of time before she is fired or resigns on principle.

And while scripture informs us about some of the creation, it is really 
not necessary to believing in creation.  Before I believed in the 
scriptures are God's word to us, I accepted that He MUST have created the 
world because the "evolution/speciation" theory is so far-fetched and 

> Mark
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