Biblical Reasons to Doubt Justin Taylor’s: “Biblical Reasons to Doubt the Creation Days Were 24-Hour Periods.”
Justin Taylor, Ph.D. is the executive vice-president of book publishing and book publisher for Crossway and blogs at Between Two Worlds. His contribution to the issue of how to interpret Genesis 1 is that he is advocating a modern Reformed Protestant position that Genesis does not teach a specific chronology of creation and does not give us a specific calendar that leads from Adam to Christ.
Besieged by what these Reformed theologians see as “difficulties” of the text of Genesis, they have more or less thrown in the towel, giving up the belief that Genesis 1-2 gives us an accurate day-by-day description of what occurred. Even though Moses, who wrote Genesis and did so by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (cf. Deut 31:24; 2Tim 3:16), gave us a specific chronology of both the creation and the genealogy that leads directly to Christ, these theologians have decided that the numbers of the Bible (e.g., Genesis 1:3: “and there was evening and morning the first day” and “Adam lived 130 years and had a son named Seth, and Adam lived 800 years after…”) are somehow not as trustworthy as the prose of the Bible.
Since the Bible’s numbers exclude us from accepting much of modern science’s claims from cosmogony, cosmology, paleontology, archeology, physics and chemistry that the Earth is billions of years old but which many of these theologians have either accepted in part or in whole, the only thing they believe can bridge the gap is to rework the Genesis text to allow the long ages that modern science teaches. In this way, they hope to make it appear that Genesis is not speaking literally and chronologically, even though, ostensibly, the Genesis text is doing both. Their methods are often very subtle and very clever, but in the end I will show you that they are very specious and very wrong.
Rest assured, it is not only “Reformed theologians” who have tried to make the Bible say something different than what the text actually says. “Reformed Catholics,” if you will, are just as guilty. If you pick up almost any popular Catholic Bible today (e.g., the New American Bible), the footnotes will try to convince you that what you are reading in the text of Genesis either didn’t actually occur or that only a very little actually occurred. In a word, they attempt to empty the Genesis text of its painstaking attention to numerical detail and turn it into mere poetic expressions that really aren’t specific about much at all. They do so for the same reason the “Reformed Protestants” do so – to make room for the theory of evolution, either for themselves, or, if they don’t believe in evolution, for their colleagues who do believe it. In this compromise everyone can be happy and few will be excluded. If you read Justin Taylor’s website, this ecumenical approach is his ultimate goal. In the end, it is just another of the many attempts to water down the Bible so that men of different beliefs can join together. Rest assured, however it is the greatest sin of our times.