Growing up, I was a Trekker. Well, actually, I was a Trekkie then, self-identified, and only later coming to realize the identity politics which has separated out Trekker and Trekkie. I was, and had always been a Trekker. The main difference was the chosen apparel. I didn’t dress up and go to conventions. Sure, there was that one time in Shreveport, but that was more comic books than Star Trek. Anyway, Star Trek was my formative science. I understood about the speed of light, but never really thought how I would apply that real scientific notion to YEC. it was until these past few years, that I had time to think about how scientific notions applied to Creationism. The light, you might say, came on. If we were to measure the age of the universe, then light seemed to me the most plausible way to do so. Suddenly, my scientific interpretation of Genesis 1 didn’t make sense, and was frankly too tiring to keep up with. I had also come to realize that God doesn’t break natural laws. (See page 72 for BioLogos’s view).
Gilberson and Collins, our intrepid authors, notes that for the doctrine of in transit to be valid, God would have to not only create the universe with light in midstream, but so too, the paradox of stars which never existed but can now be seen succumbing to the ravages of time. We actually get to see stars explode. So, wrap your head around that. God has created the universe, and placed into our view objects which never existed, but that we see now exploding and ending their existence. You do see the paradox of that, right?
In the second chapter of this book, Can We Really Know the Earth is Billions of Years Old?, the authors explore the process by which the scientific community has come to date not only the age of the universe, but so too the planet earth. And, for my benefit, they use simplistic laymen’s terms, while for your benefit, they do not blatantly attack or engage in name calling the YEC. They simply show that through various independent methods, the age of the universe, that of 13 billion years old, is proved time and time again. You’ll have to read the book to find out about measuring light, reversals and the such, as they are able to break down the mountain called science into pebbles for our understanding. And their question on page 68 is correct – unless God has spent time creating false facts, lies (my word), then we can only assume that the universe and the earth is as old as science has revealed.
The last part of the chapter deals with ancient Christian interpreters and how they suggested dealing with the bible and science. They use Origen, Augustine, and as they do in subsequent chapters, Aquinas. This is important, especially in their assertion that neither the bible nor Christian Tradition requires us believe in a 6000 year old earth. Further,in their time line, they note that hardcore Young Earth Creationism comes to us in present form from the 1960s. Interesting enough, they even quote from ]] as examples of conservative Christians not requiring a detain interpretation if Genesis 1.
To sum, no polemics, only facts. Timelines, both of the age of the universe/earth and Christian Tradition. Easy to understand science and theology.