I was taught from childhood to believe in Young Earth Creationism. And until recently, I was still a staunch YEC. My views have changed after devoting myself to months of studying the biblical text, reading various books and related literature, and the views of mainstream science. The reason I was a YEC was because I believed that’s what the Bible taught. I now am convinced that Genesis 1 is talking about a functional, not material, beginning. John Walton has been very influential in this for me and his Lost World books.
Arriving at this position has been somewhat freeing for me, as I always believed evolution and the Bible were at odds. I believe the Bible is the word of God, so my commitment has always been to what that book is saying. Now I don’t really see that as an issue. However, there are now many other questions I’m dealing with, with really no one to talk to about them. This has been very weighty for me, and this shift in my theology has been something I never could’ve imagined. I haven’t shared it with many people yet… I’m a member of a conservative reformed baptist church, and I don’t think anyone there holds to theistic evolution. I did talk to my pastor about it and he was very gracious and loving, and overall supportive of my new views.
I guess I just needed a place to empty some of my thoughts. My faith has definitely been tested in this and it’s been a hard season of life for me. I’m sure I’m not alone in this type of journey, going from a YEC to now believing in theistic evolution. There are still many things im trying to work out, but I guess for now, being that this is my first post here, I’ll leave it at that.
Looking forward to some edifying and uplifting conversation here.