The debate between young-earth creation scientists and secular (old-earth) scientists has raged for decades
The debate between young-earth creation scientists and secular (old-earth) scientists has raged for decades. Secular (old-earth) scientists typically believe the earth was formed billions of years ago after a massive explosion popularly known as “The Big Bang.” Furthermore, these scientists contend that all life—including human life—evolved from single-celled organisms through accidental genetic mutations and natural selection. Young-earth creation scientists, on the other hand, propose the formation of the earth some 6,000–10,000 years ago through divine creation (Gen. 1–2). What is more, they assert that mankind was not created via random processes of natural selection but, rather, through a special creation of God. As you can see, these two perspectives on earth history and life are quite divergent!
The debate is complex, to say the least. Unfortunately, the average Christian does not understand this debate and, in many cases, does not wish to understand it. However, since you are taking a course in earth science from a conservative, evangelical Christian institution of higher education, it is assumed that you have some interest in this historical discussion. Consequently, what is it that you hope to learn in this course in terms of young-earth vs. old-earth scientific thought? Identify 3–4 specific issues in the young-earth/old-earth debate about which you are interested in gathering more information. Include reasons for your interest in each of these areas.