One of the biggest challenges to the faith of Christians today is found at the intersection of Scripture and science. I plan to specifically address a constellation of issues that arise at this intersection of ideas over the next couple of months. But at the moment I would like to draw your attention to a couple of resources.
First, Carl Trueman and Greg Beale from Westminster Theological Seminary address the topic of The Bible, Myths, Contradictions, and Inerrancy in a helpful interview.
Another brief but good resource can be found in this post by Kevin DeYoung: Ten Reasons to Believe In A Historical Adam.
Here is an interesting story about a Christmas Eve intersection of humanity’s mission to reach up and God’s mission to reach down: Astronauts Read Genesis From the Moon.
“It is only if we do take this [Genesis] narrative as historical that a sound theology can be maintained. Adam’s sin was the willful transgression of man to the known revelation of God. If we deny the historicity of the Genesis narrative, we shall be compelled to reduce man’s responsibility for sin so drastically that nothing remains of it. Man’s ‘sinfulness’ is then virtually identified with ‘fate.’ Accordingly such theologians…who virtually reduce the Genesis narrative to the status of myth, find themselves compelled to deny also the historic Christian views of sin, of Christ, and of the atonement.” Cornelius Van Til, The Defense of the Faith, p. 300.
“…the duration of the world, now declining to its ultimate end, has not yet attained six thousand years.” John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, I. XIV. 1.
“Now, in the first place, if men wish to cling to their knowledge and judgment, it will be incredible to them that the world was created six thousand years ago. For what was God doing from all eternity?” John Calvin, Sermons on Genesis: Chapters 1-11, p. 8.
From R.C. Sproul in his guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith, Truths We Confess:
“For most of my teaching career, I considered the framework hypothesis to be a possibility. But I have now changed my mind. I now hold to a literal six-day creation… Genesis says that God created the universe and everything in it in six twenty-four–hour periods. According to the Reformation hermeneutic, the first option is to follow the plain sense of the text. One must do a great deal of hermeneutical gymnastics to escape the plain meaning of Genesis 1–2. The confession makes it a point of faith that God created the world in the space of six days.”
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Ps. 19:1)
“I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” (Is. 43:6-7)
As “Tertullian says that God created the world ‘for the embellishment of his majesty’” Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics: God and Creation, p. 433.