I repeat my answer. Only this time, I will elaborate on it as well.
Notice that my answer spoke of history - not science.
I am not at all concerned about “debates that pit biblical text against science.” What concerns me is any debate that pits a history implied by science against history (implied or explicit) in the biblical text.
Can you appreciate that my concern is not science but rather history? I only mention science because it is the one projecting the history that ostensibly conflicts with the history I see in the Bible. My purpose in coming to BioLogos is to find out for sure if “ostensibly” is “actually.”
How am I to find this out?
First, I should seek to make sure I understand the history implied by science. All my interactions here have confirmed my understanding of the history projected by science - that the earth is 4.543B years old. I have not misunderstood this. I don’t have to have an aptitude for science to understand that it is making a historical claim about the age of the earth, nor do I need an aptitude for science to understand what that claim is. The historical claim of science is that the earth is billions of years old and practically everyone in this forum has confirmed this…and in quite emphatic fashion. Mission accomplished with respect to this first step.
Second, I should seek to make sure I understand the history of the earth implied by the Bible. That is the purpose of the question that leads this thread. It has seemed to me that the Bible implies an age of the earth that is numbered in the thousands of years - not billions. In asking this question, I’m trying to find out if I’ve misunderstood the Bible on this point. Mission ongoing.