Please explain, as I cannot understand how someone can believe in evolutionary creation without believing that the earth is old.
I have heard a number of people in this BioLogos forum make a statement along these lines, but hardly any of you seem to realize how little information this actually conveys. It clearly tells me that you are not YEC but it does not tell me anything about the figurative interpretation you have of the creation account. Nor does it tell me why you’re willing to extract “God did it” as factual, but little else.
If you’re willing, please let me try to draw out of you the figurative understanding you have of the creation account, or, at the very least, how you determine where to draw the line between what’s important in the account and what’s a “detail.”
Here is a quick prioritization off the top of my head of the data presented in Gen 1, decreasing in the order of seeming importance.
- God created all things.
- God created all things by speaking them into existence.
- God created all things by speaking them into existence periodically.
- God created all things by speaking them into existence periodically in the sequence stated.
As I say, this is a quick list. Not only might others produce a different list, I myself might produce a different list upon further reflection. My point is only to to understand in a general sense what you mean by “details.”
Notice, by the way, that I’ve said nothing about the length of the days because it’s irrelevant to this exercise.
First, it seems that you have drawn your line of what’s important from what’s a detail between 1 and 2. Is this correct? If so, why there instead of elsewhere?
Second, if indeed you draw your line between 1 and 2, are you just as open to 1 meaning “God created the primal matter from which all the things mentioned in Gen 1 eventually evolved” as you are to “God directly created all the items mentioned in Gen 1 from which point evolution began”? If not, to which do you hold?
You’re going to have to be patient with me because I’m trying to draw out through questioning your interpretation of the creation account. Alternatively, you could just explain your interpretation to me. At the very least, I hope I’m demonstrating to you how little information is conveyed when a person says “I take the biblical creation account figuratively.”