“Christianity and the Age of the Earth”: A Review Article -- By: Donald B. DeYoung

Journal: Grace Theological Journal
Volume: GTJ 04:2 (Fall 1983)
Article: “Christianity and the Age of the Earth”: A Review Article
Author: Donald B. DeYoung

“Christianity and the Age of the Earth”:
A Review Article

Donald B. DeYoung

Christianity and the Age of the Earth, by Davis A. Young. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1982. Pp. 188. $7.95.

There is a profusion of recent books and articles dealing with the creation-evolution issue. Many of them mount a vigorous attack against the literal biblical creation view. This is an expected reaction from non-Christians, since the creation movement has seriously challenged humanistic philosophy and science. There is yet another group of critics of literal creation, this time within the Christian camp. These dissenters seek to modify the creationist position as it is understood today. Among the leaders of this group is Dr. Davis A. Young. His first book Creation and the Flood appeared in 1977, and is largely an attempt to discredit “flood geology” as presented by Whitcomb and Morris in 1961, in The Genesis Flood. Young’s efforts have continued with the publication of articles in Eternity and Christianity Today.

Davis Young is a geologist trained at Princeton, Pennsylvania State, and Brown Universities. For the past two years he has served on the faculty of Calvin College as associate professor of Geology. He is also an elder in the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod. Davis Young enjoys the distinctive privilege of having had as his father Edward J. Young, who taught OT at Westminster Theological Seminary from 1936 until his death in 1968. He wrote many books during his lifetime, including several studies on Genesis. As his father before him, Davis Young emphasizes that he believes in the infallible, inerrant word of God. He declares that the Bible is true in matters of science and history, just as in matters of theology (p. 163).

Young’s purpose in writing Christianity and the Age of the Earth is similar to that of his first book. He seeks to establish conclusively the antiquity of the earth (p. 150). He attempts to expose the young-earth view of creation as “unscientific and not necessarily biblical” (p. 10). Even stronger, he accuses those with a literal-day creation view (“creationists”) of being untruthful with scientific data (p. 162) and harmful to evangelism (p. 163). On this basis, Young opposes the efforts of creationists to promote their view of earth history. He admits that a literal 24-hour creation day is one possible interpretation that is faithful to the text (p. 161). However, he rules it out on the basis

of geologic history. Instead, Young promotes the day-age view of Genesis 1 (p. 63) in a form sometimes called “progressive creation.” The six ...

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