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Web letter by Gerry Schmidt: Bible is not a science text

Regarding the argument that the historical timeline of Genesis contradicts the age of the earth according to science (which has at least tripled in my lifetime), there is a simple explanation often referred to as the mature earth theory. It suggests that the creation of the earth in its geological sense would show a broad range of rock ages and strata dating based on our methods of measurement, just as Adam on his first day would be measured today as older than a day-old baby.

An analogy I use in my science classes is that if I buy a new wood table, but sent a piece of it to a lab for analysis, it would date much older because the creator of the table used wood from an old tree.

Darwin’s theory of evolving species is in trouble because of modern microbiological discoveries like epigenomes, which “can short-circuit evolution and pass on new traits in a single generation” (Time Magazine, Jan. 18, 2010, p. 50). This could prove Lamarck was right, not Darwin, in the development of long necks in giraffes, for example. Church leaders learned long ago not to depend on the Bible to answer all scientific questions (Galileo), and evolutionists should learn that Darwin was not infallible either.

GERRY SCHMIDT

Fort Wayne

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