The antiquity of the earth: Credo #88

Posted: July 30, 2009 in Creationism, Credo

I have a coworker who is a King James Only advocate; a pastor’s wife. She believes not only that the King James Version is the only translation that one is supposed to use; she considers in fact that translations of the scriptures into other languages than English should be based on the King James Version. She is a more or less functional mother of two and a qualified Critical Care Nurse. And the light she has about this is, in fact, darkness. A lifetime in church, and as a pastor’s wife no less, has not enforced or delivered sufficient integrity into her thinking processes that she can reason her way past this kind of “tribal” thinking that is heavily imprinted onto her. She will readily quote a passage in Revelations that warns against changing the words “of this book” and re-enter into the circular logic that keeps her from noticing that the New Testament was written, in fact, in Koine Greek. It is a further irony that the last six verses in the Textus Receptus, the Greek New Testament compiled by Erasmus and used by the translators of the KJV, were in fact back-translated from the Latin into Greek because Erasmus did not have source material to use for those verses, which includes the passage which my co-worker has lodged in her brain.

So….what does this have to do with the antiquity of the earth, and why have I elevated this matter to the level of a “Credo” instead of mere commentary? Like my colleague who is stuck in her circular reasoning, in like manner many in the Evangelical world are “stuck” in a fit of circular reasoning they will never escape unless they confront the contextual clues right in the Genesis account – what the secular world would call “contradictions” – that point us towards the account being allegorical. If you are comfortable with allegory and imagery in the end of the Bible, will you not accept that, then, at the beginning?

I have made this a “Credo” because I wish to affirm that this matter is of great import, and to argue that reformation is needed in this; a reformation just as pressing and wide in scope as Luther’s reformation. Our Catholic and Orthodox brothers have more light in this matter. The world has more light in this matter. And this reformation must take place. We do not need reformation such as this man calls for. We need reformation that this man calls for. Many ernest Protestant sisters will go to their end childless and alone because of the ball being dropped by the keepers of the status quo.

Here I link to a list to ponder of Christian leaders either open to or committed to the antiquity of the earth.

Sisters: Do you grant that men and women are different? Well and good if you do. Do you grant, then, that our experience of His Lordship is different? Even better. I call on you to recognize, then, that ernest men with integrity will look at something else than the tribe’s expectations or what they feel about something when examining empirical reality. And these are the kind of men that our century calls for.

“But simultaneously with time the world was made, if in the world’s creation change and motion were created, as seems evident from the order of the first six or seven days. For in these days the morning and evening are counted, until, on the sixth day, all things which God then made were finished, and on the seventh the rest of God was mysteriously and sublimely signalized. What kind of days these were it is extremely difficult, or perhaps impossible for us to conceive, and how much more to say!” — Augustine: City of God 11:6 [AD 419]

  1. The Librarian says:

    Because, of course, God is an Englishman (thanks to R.E. Delderfield for the title).

    Erasmus’s former home in Freiburg-im-Breisgau is now a branch of one of the major German banks. Just saying that what things were is not necessarily what things are, and that context and interpretation matter…

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