Summation Chart – Young vs. Old Earth
|Thousands of years||Millions even billions of years|
|A literal reading of Genesis 1-2||An at least partially symbolic reading of Genesis 1-2|
|A largely unified position||Unified in old planetary/universe age and in symbolic reading. Varied on just about everything else.|
|The creation story is historical narrative.||The creation story is allegory, metaphorical, etc. At most, it is only partly narrative.|
|The fall of man brought death into the world (though there are those who do allow some form of death before the fall).||Death was part of the creation from very early and definitely before man’s fall.|
|Accepts science but rejects anything that appears to clash with the literal interpretation||Accepts much of what has been found by modern science as fact|
Young and Old-Earth creationists hold mankind to be a special creation of God.
I hope this mini-series has serviced to help shed light on the subject of creationism. If any of this has peaked your interest, I recommend you use the material here as a starting point. To follow, you will find additional information that will help you in such an endeavor.
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If you have yet to read the previous Creationism articles, use the following links to take you to each.