Pat Robertson said on "The 700 Club" on Nov. 27, 2012, that he disagrees with young earth creationists who say the earth is only 6,000 years old. When a conservative evangelical like Pat Robertson makes such a statement, it is probably safe to say that some of the old battle lines between faith and science are changing.
At the National Christian Conference on Apologetics in Charlotte on Oct. 11 and 12, a keynote debate will allow for two differing views by two astrophysicists, both Christians.
Hugh Ross will argue in favor of old-earth creation, or the day-age view, which believes that each of the six days of creation represents an age that lasted millions of year. Jason Lisle will argue in favor of young earth creation, which believes that the earth was created in six days, 6,000 years ago.
A third Christian view, theistic evolution, will not be defended in the conference debate. This view believes that God used evolution to create earth and man. Francis Collins espouses this view. Collins is a geneticist who headed the Human Genome Project, serves as director of the National Institutes of Health and has written “The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief.”
Bobby Conway, of Life Fellowship in Davidson, will set up a booth at the apologetics conference, where he will interview speakers for his One Minute Apologist video program.
“I can lock arms with people on both sides of the discussion,” Conway says, “because it is an in-house debate. There are great saints on both sides of the discussion.”
Some Christians link the debate to something more essential.
Ken Hamm, president of Answers in Genesis, wrote in a June 24, 2013, post on his blog, www.answeringgenesis.org, “Do you know what’s wrong with much of the church? Because so many Christians and their leaders have compromised God’s Word with the pagan religion of evolution, millions of years, or both, Christians no longer speak with authority.”
But many Christians seem to agree with Conway when he says, “Faith and reason aren't enemies.”