Old Earth vs. Young Earth

Tim Challies is blogging from Ligonier Ministries Annual Conference. It sounds like they are addressing numerous thorny issues in the Church. One of these most thorny and contentious issues in the Church recently has been the age of the earth. Al Mohler gave a lecture on “Why Does the Universe Look So Old?” Challies gave a summary of the lecture on his blog. You can find it here. The article summarizes some of the main problems with the old earth theory from a theological standpoint. Mohler’s point is that Christians give up way too much when we say the earth is millions or billions of years old.

Heidelberg Catechism: Lord’s Day 6

Q: 16. Why must he be very man, and also perfectly righteous?
A: Because the justice of God requires that the same human nature which has sinned, should likewise make satisfaction for sin; and one, who is himself a sinner, cannot satisfy for others.

Q: 17. Why must he in one person be also very God?
A: That he might, by the power of his Godhead sustain in his human nature, the burden of God’s wrath; and might obtain for, and restore to us, righteousness and life.

Q: 18. Who then is that Mediator, who is in one person both very God, and a real righteous man? A: Our Lord Jesus Christ: “who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”

Q: 19. From where do you know this?
A: From the holy gospel, which God himself first revealed in Paradise; and afterwards published by the patriarchs and prophets, and represented by the sacrifices and other ceremonies of the law; and lastly, has fulfilled it by his only begotten Son.