‘Is Genesis History?’: Revisiting an Age-Old Debate

Gavin Ortlund | May 5, 2017


Imagine a college freshman reading in the library. All her life she has believed that the universe is 6,000 to 10,000 years old, and that the days of Genesis 1 are 24-hour periods of time. Godly Christians with PhDs said so, and she accepted their claims. Opposing views were not presented sympathetically.

Now she is struggling deeply with her geology textbook. She is surprised at the strength and versatility of the evidence for an older earth. Her teachers don’t seem to be intentionally promoting a “secular” agenda, as she expected. The idea that so much in her textbook is wrong feels too conspiratorial to be plausible.

What will happen to her faith?

This is a fictional scenario, but not an uncommon one. And it touches on my concern with the movie Is Genesis History?, released in limited theaters earlier this year. The film is directed, written, and produced by Thomas Purifoy, narrated by Del Tackett (creator of The Truth Project), and features interviews with 13 scientists from varying disciplines.

I appreciate the film’s intent to uphold a biblical doctrine of creation. I embrace those involved in the film as my brothers and sisters in Christ, and as sincere…


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