I welcome readers to offer what they consider to be the best points to use to promote “Christian-Compatible Evolution” … and the Old Earth scenario that goes with it. Don’t forget to add “the reason why”.
I’ll offer my own top items in the requested format:
1) For Australia to be the home of highly specialized marsupial mammals, while the rest of the world has placental versions of very similar mammals, the global flood could not have happened.
a) If Australia had identical mammals as the rest of the world, Young Earther’s would argue that Australia separated from the rest of the world shortly after the world’s animals were created.
b) But because there were no placental mammals found living in Australia until humans brought them there … and no BONES of placental mammals, it means there had to be a the time gap between marsupials and the rise of placentals longer than the time it took for Australia to separate from the rest of the world.
c) If Australia was re-populated by animals that survived the flood, it means ALL the marsupials traveled faster to Australia than all the placentals … and that Australia then separated from the rest of the world sometime shortly after approximate date of the Great Deluge (approximately 2348 BC).
2) If the Great Deluge happened around 2348 BCE, it means the flood would have come some time during the some of the historically documented times of human history!:
A) 5th Egyptian Dynasty ended with Pharaoh Unas, also called Wadjtawy, reigning approximately from 2375-2345 BCE 2375 – 2345 BC, with a pyramid in Saqqara outside of Cairo.
B) The last Sumerian king, Lugal-Zage-Si (lugal-zag-ge4-si = LUGAL.ZAG.GI4.SI), reigned from c. 2294 to 2270, before the Akkadians deposed him. Sargon would become the first great Akkadian king.
C) The Sumerians believed in a global flood, but many centuries before the Biblical dating for a global flood.
3) The Genesis account of all creation in six days cannot mean literal days because the only definition for what a day is - - the time between each sunset or each sunrise - - didn’t exist until Day 4 when God creates the sun!
How would God explain any of this to humans, whom God apparently doesn’t tell that the Sun is a star, and that the Earth circles the sun.
4) The Bible contains false descriptions of the world that nobody takes seriously any more, which someday will include the Genesis account of 6 days of creation and a 5000 year history of the Earth:
A) Job says hail and rains are stored in Cosmic “treasuries” (storehouses).
B) The Bible construes the “firmament” as hard like poured and hardened metal, and that the firmament exists to keep the waters ABOVE from joining the waters BELOW.
C) A figurative description of Jonah’s 3 day visit to the afterlife is literally believed to have been inside a giant fish … and that he survived 3 days inside of an aquatic creature without being digested or drowned.
D) A figurative and legendary description of a “solar deity” with long hair (Samson’s hair represented the light of the sun) describes a man who lost all his power when his hair was removed (i.e., the sun without light is powerless).
E) Various Bible writers believed meteors were fallen stars, and didn’t realize that if a star fell to earth, all life and the earth would be destroyed.
F) The Biblical view of Hebrew history is so flawed it is not reliable:
a) If Simeon was one of the 10 tribes, how did it exist as part of the Northern Kingdom if Simeon’s territory was south of Judah?
b). if the Hebrew religion is the basis of New Testament theology of resurrection and an afterlife, how could the Hebrew spend 2 centuries with the Egpytians and yet after the Exodus, there is no trace of the one thing the Egyptians had in common with New Testament Christians: an intense belief in an Afterlife based on good behavior. This implies that the Old Testament scribes have no real understanding of where Hebrew religion comes from.
c) Exodus tells us that the Hebrew fled Egypt, and avoided generations of Egyptian interference, because the Exodus happened AFTER the arrival of the Philistines (who drove the Egyptians out of the Levant and even the Sinai). But there is NO supporting evidence for the Biblical 600,000 Hebrew men leaving Egypt after 1130 BCE (when the Egyptians were driven out of Sinai by the Philistine communities).
So… I have FOUR items in my version of the TOP LIST OF REASONS for rejecting a LITERAL interpretation of the Genesis account of human history.
What is YOUR list?