Benefits of radiometric dating
For the first 1700 years of Christian history, belief in a literal six-day creation and a world that was a few thousand years old was widespread within Christendom.
This is because, until the early Modern Period, there was no reason to think otherwise.
Why did the position of many American Evangelicals shift so dramatically?
Although most conservative Christians did not reject evolution or deep time in the early 20th century, there was one group that did, the Seventh Day Adventists (SDA).
so thank you for helping me avoid that drama :) Your comment reminded me that only through discussion and 'knowledge sharing' can a truth emerge which can validate a 'theory' - more than ranting and raving does anyways.
so, thanks Bruce - good comment Rita's book did more to open my eyes about the likely truth about the origin of the universe and life on Earth than my entire high school and college tenure combined.
Because of the nature of etymology, people did not realize this when they pinpointed the origin of the universe in the middle ages.
Rita Louise in her book ET Chronicles correctly points out if you think of the 'in the beginning' part as 6 eras instead of 24 hour periods it matches closer to the modern origin theories starting with the Big Bang Theory through the time of the dinosaurs etc. Hi Bruce: thanks for that information - my intuition tells me you are spot on, in the supposition.
No scientist was present to observe the Earth's formation or to verify the accuracy of radiometric dating.She's really worth reading The Hebrew word for "day" always refers to a 24-hour period in Genesis.No need to conclude otherwise for the Creation account.These Christian geologists did not originally see belief in long ages as conflicting with the Bible.which laid out what they believed to be the fundamentals of the Protestant Christian faith. One thing that might surprise many people considering the modern connotations of the term “fundamentalist” is that the leaders of the Fundamentalist movement did not have a problem with evolution or deep time. Warfield, a prominent conservative theologian of the day, even talked about how evolution could be the process used by God to create life.
In terms of what was known about human history and the history of the universe at the time, this was a perfectly reasonable date. Problems with this interpretation began to arise in the 18th century, when scientists began to study geological formations and found that they had been laid down slowly over long periods of time rather than rapidly in a great flood as described in the book of Genesis. Deep time was further popularized by Charles Lyell.