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Explaining Christian Doctrine to Muslim Friends #2: Old-Earth Creationism

Video By January 15, 2018 Tags: , , No Comments

Here’s another video clip from my trip to Istanbul last summer. I’m being interviewed by an Islamic television crew. They were wonderful hosts. The question asked was: “There are a couple of versions for the explanation of the creation of the earth in Christian theology. As far as we know, you support the “old-earth creation” version. Can you please state…


Explaining Christian Doctrine to Muslim Friends: Creation

Video By January 4, 2018 Tags: , 4 Comments

Last Summer I was invited to Istanbul by A9 TV to speak about the Christian understanding of creation and evolution. Though A9 an Islamic organization, they encouraged me to present my views as an evangelical Christian. We made a number of brief video clips where I answered their theological questions. Here’s an example: “Question: We are aware that evangelicals like yourself…


Creation Vs Eternalism (The Age of the Earth Part 1)

Book Excerpt By February 17, 2015 Tags: , No Comments

Historically, the debate has not been between creation and evolution, but creation and eternalism. During the apostolic and patristic eras, the pagans did not argue simply for an ancient earth, they contended that the universe was eternal. Even though Aristotle believed that the world was caused by God, he did not believe that God created the world, in time, in…


Adam’s Fall as a Transcendent Federal Event

Book Excerpt By January 27, 2015 Tags: , , , No Comments

Over the last several posts we surveyed the answers given by evangelicals to two questions: 1) did animal death exist before the fall of Adam and Eve?, and 2) what was the impact of Adam’s fall on the rest of Creation? My last post summarized the answers provided by young-earth creationists (YEC) and by old-earth creationists (OEC) for the second…


What Effect Did the Fall Have on Creation?

Book Excerpt By January 13, 2015 Tags: , , No Comments

In my previous post I examined the question of whether or not animals died before the fall of Adam. Young-earth creationism proponents consistently answer “no,” while old-earth creationism and evolutionary creationism advocates answer “yes” in a variety of ways. The respective answers given lead naturally to the question of this post: What, then, were the effects of Adam’s fall? As…


“40 Questions about Creation and Evolution” Makes Storm’s Top Books of 2014

Commentary By December 30, 2014 Tags: , , , No Comments

Sam Storms has compiled his list of the top twenty books of 2014, and he places 40 Questions about Creation and Evolution at number two. Mark Rooker and I wrote the book for Kregel under the editorial direction of Ben Merkle. Sam says a lot of very nice things about 40 Questions, such as “I’ve been waiting for a book…


Celebrating Creation: A Conversation with BioLogos

Commentary By October 14, 2014 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Two weeks ago I attended a “Celebrating Creation” conference hosted by the BioLogos Foundation. As many readers know, BioLogos is an organization of evangelicals who accept theistic evolution (or evolutionary creationism, EC, as many prefer to call it). Evangelicals hold to a wide range of views concerning creation and evolution, and I’ve had the privilege of engaging with a number…


The Distinction between Creation and Creationism

Commentary By November 6, 2013 Tags: , , , , No Comments

We often forget to make the distinction between creation and creationism. One is a doctrine while the other is an apologetic approach. On the one hand, creation is a foundational doctrine of the Christian faith. The essential features of the doctrine of creation are unchangeable tenets. The Bible teaches that those features include the truths that God, without compulsion or…