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The Voyage Begins Again

The Ark Encounter
The Ark Encounter, by Answers in Genesis

Our friends at Answers in Genesis have built a full-size replica of the Ark. This magnificent construction, in Kentucky, is witness to God's grace and His work of salvation. This is how their Ark Encounter website describes the project.

“The Cross is the greatest reminder for us of the salvation we can have in Jesus Christ. The Creation Museum was built as a reminder that we can trust the authority of God’s Word in every area. Other than the Cross, the Ark of Noah is one of the greatest reminders we have of salvation. The Ark Encounter project was born out of a desire to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to millions of people across America and the world.”

The full-size Ark will house a wonderful, God-honoring and faith-building exhibition about the Flood. We commend AiG Ken Ham, and all his colleagues, on this achievement, and pray that it will be mightily used of God to bring people to salvation in Jesus Christ.

The opening date for this project is Thursday July 7th 2016.

For more information, please see their special Ark Encounter website.

Meanwhile, the link below opens up their latest drone footage of the project.

 

Origins TV

Origins TV

Origins TV

During 2015, I recorded 4 shows in the Origins TV series, broadcast on the Cornerstone Network, in which I was interviewed by presenter Dr. Donn Chapman. These shows can be viewed, using the Cornerstone Network, or through their Roku channel. Or you can watch them here!

To enable us to keep these sort of activities going, please give generously, using the donation button on the right.

The Language of Evolution
Deconstructing Dawkins
Truth, Lies and Science Education – Part 1
Truth, Lies and Science Education – Part 2

 

New Location for 2016

Mount St Helens Creation Center

We are very excited to announce that we have a new base for the Mount St Helens Creation Center for the season of 2016. We are going to be located from May 1st 2016 at The Silver Lake Grange, 3104 Spirit Lake Highway, Silverlake, WA 98611.

Directions: to find us, simply leave Interstate I-5 at junction 49, signposted for Castle Rock and Toutle. Use State Highway 504 Eastwards towards Toutle, and Mount St Helens. After 5 miles, you will see the state-run Mount St Helens Visitors Center on the right. We are just less than a mile after this, on the Left. You will therefore reach our new Center 3 miles before our old center.

Directions to Silver Lake Grange
Directions to Silver Lake Grange

Costs: Renting this building gives our ministry 2 sorts of costs, and, if possible, we would love to have your help.

  1. We need to pay rent for just 6 months for the building. Please consider whether you could give us a regular donation of $50 per month for just 6 months. We only need a small number of such donors to cover this rent.
  2. There will be some temporary signs, paint, portable display units and a portable projection screen needed. If you have such items to donate, please get in touch, or please consider a one-off gift to enable us to purchase the items. We estimate that we need to spend about $2,000 to get the Center working for the season, and we need that money as soon as possible.

You can give for either or both of these targets by going to our donations page, or using the link to our FaithLauncher appeal below. We will also shortly have some exciting options, whereby you could pay for a private family tour of the mountain area now, at a discount of as much as 50%, to be used later in the Season! Please come back for details of these offers within the next day or two. These offers will be listed as products in our store.

FaithLauncher Appeal

Many thanks for all your help. God-willing, we will have a very successful new season with the Mount St Helens Creation Center, @ Silver Lake Grange.

Silver Lake Grange
Silver Lake Grange

A Presuppositional Young Earth Creationist

Tinkinswood Burial Chamber: Early post-Flood
Tinkinswood Burial Chamber: Early post-Flood
Tinkinswood Burial Chamber: Early post-Flood

“Why are you a Young Earth Creationist?” I often get asked. It has taken me a while to get the answer right on this. But I now know what the answer is. I am NOT a Young Earth Creationist.

Shock! Horror! Is this international creation speaker backsliding?

No. For the record, I will not budge from the biblical truth that God made the world in six literal 24-hour periods approximately 6,000 years ago.

But why do you call me a Young Earth Creationist? Because I believe the world is only 6,000 years old? So, is 6,000 years young?

Six thousand years is only a young age if you start from the paradigm that the Earth should be 4.5 billion years old. Compared to that, 6,000 years is young. It's all relative, right?

Wrong! I do not believe the world is 6,000 years because some evidence has convinced me that the 4.5 billion years is wrong – even though there is plenty of evidence inconsistent with 4.5 billion years. I believe the 6,000 years because the Bible says so, and it is my presupposition that the Bible is true. If I call myself a Young Earth Creationist, the very term “Young Earth” is predicated on the existence of the mainstream view that the earth is a lot older than that.

In the village of St. Nicholas, near Cardiff, in Wales, is one of my favorite megalithic monuments, called Tinkinswood Burial Chamber. This structure is dated by secularists at 6,000 years old. It cannot be that old, obviously, but I am willing to accept it must have been built by the earliest post-Flood colonizers of Great Britain. When you stand there, you are in the presence of something ancient. The Earth is older than that! The Earth is 6,000 years old! That is ANCIENT! The Earth is not young – unless you have borrowed from an evolutionary paradigm. The Earth is, in fact, very old. It is 6,000 years very old.

I am not a Young Earth Creationist.

I am a Biblical Creationist.


Blood Vessels in 'Ancient' Dinosaur Fossil

Where Birds Eat Horses

Dinosaur Soft TissueA few people have contacted me about this month's news regarding blood vessels in allegedly ancient dinosaur fossils. Researchers have confirmed the presence of this soft material, and its similarity to the soft tissue of living creatures. However, their evolutionary presuppositions do not allow them to draw the obvious conclusion – that these dinosaur fossils are not ancient.

I will be referring to this news item in the next edition of The Mountain and The Word. In the meantime, here is the news item, placed in the same format as the articles cited in my book Where Birds Eat Horses. This download shows all the Fuzzy Word Analysis.

Thoughts on Post-Flood Animal Migration

Australian Marsupials
Australian Marsupials
Australian Marsupials

In 2006, I was asked to contribute a chapter on post-Flood animal migration to the New Answers Book 1, which was being compiled by Answers in Genesis (for which I worked at the time). My chapter was entitled How Did Animals Spread All Over the World from Where the Ark Landed?[1]

In this chapter, I put forward a model to help explain the possible migration of animals from the Ark around the world. It was not my purpose, nor that of the publisher or editor, to provide a definitive statement on what all creationists are supposed to believe on the subject. Indeed, I made it clear that “we can build scientific models that help us explain how past events may have come about. Such models should be held to lightly, but the Scripture to which they refer is inerrant. That is to say future research may cast doubt on an actual model, without casting doubt on Scripture.”[2] Rather than laying down the law on the subject of post-Flood migration, which is not specifically explained in the Bible, it was my purpose to provide one possible model. The existence of such a rational model refutes the notion that only an evolutionary explanation of such migration is possible.

Recently, an evolutionist has published an article online, which specifically attempts to refute part of my model – notably, the migration of marsupials to Australia, together with the failure of placental mammals to migrate to Australia in significant quantities.[3] The idea that an evolutionist would reject my model is not startling, and I would not normally respond to such an article, placed on an amateur website. However, Answers in Genesis (UK) received a question about it, from one of their supporters (who I will refer to by his initial J), asking if they could refute the article. Therefore, this response is written, not for Mr. Kuban, but for J.

It is important for Christians to approach such a subject correctly. Our two axioms in building an explanatory model are: 1. To analyze the situation as it is, so that we know what we are trying to explain and 2. To recognize our essential presuppositions that God exists and the Bible is true. The reason for this second axiom is found in a study of presuppositional apologetics[4]. Kuban accepts the existence of God, but rejects the idea that the Bible is true. My friend, Jay Seegert, has explained, in his book Creation & Evolution, why the failure to accept the truth of the Bible leads to error. It is not surprising, therefore, that Kuban’s article contains a number of logical fallacies, as well as an incorrect presupposition.

In criticizing my model of migration to Australia, Kuban states:

Some YECs such as Paul F. Taylor (2007) suggest that perhaps a large land bridge from Asia to Australia existed after the Flood –ignoring geologic evidence that no such recent bridge existed (with the most recent connection to other continents being over 40 million years earlier), and that even if it did, it would not explain why virtually no placental animals used it.

It should be noted that Kuban assumes that there has been no land bridge connection between Australia and elsewhere for 40 million years. This underlines the importance of presupposition. In my chapter, I quote Michael Oard’s research on a post-Flood Ice Age, which demonstrates that such a land bridge, shortly after the Flood, is entirely plausible. It is therefore Kuban who is guilty of ignoring research, not I. His citation of “40 million years” merely underscores his presupposition of the existence of deep time – a concept not found in the Bible. On many occasions, creationists have shown the fallacy of accepting the unscientific concept of millions of years. The very same New Answers Book 1 contains chapters by Terry Mortenson and Mike Riddle which refute the concept of millions of years, and articles by Michael Oard and Andrew Snelling which underscore the reliability of Flood Geology.

Kuban’s objections to my chapter are fourfold. He states:

YECs need to explain:

  1. After the Ark landed, why were almost all the animals that ended up in Australia marsupials and monotremes?

  2. If scores of marsupials could somehow make the journey, why did virtually no placental do the same?

  3. How did animals such as koalas that are slow moving and depend on very specific foodstuffs and environments that would have been sorely lacking after the Flood even survive the required long journey, especially with a major ocean barrier?

  4. How did animals like the flightless kiwi, the blind marsupial mole (which lives only in sand), or the sugar glider (a gliding marsupial superficially resembling flying squirrels, which lives in trees) make the incredible trip?

In answer, I will make 5 points, beginning with point 0!

  1. I do not refer to myself as a Young Earth Creationist. When a creationist defines themselves as a Young Earth Creationist, they are suggesting a comparison with evolutionary timescales, which I reject. I do not believe the Earth to be young[5]. I believe the Earth to be very, very old. I believe it to be just over 6,000 years old! Ken Ham, the President of Answers in Genesis, and the editor of the New Answers Books, also rejects the title YEC[6]. Both he and I prefer the term Biblical Creationist.
  2. When we start with the correct presupposition, it will be seen that my chapter aptly answers each of the four questions that Kuban posed. On the subject of why almost all the animals that ended up in Australia were marsupials or monotremes, the answer is clear – it is because their shorter, or non-existent, gestation periods allow for faster migration. Moreover, Kuban’s objections to my migration model ignores the fact that, of the five existing species of monotreme in the world today, only two live in Australia (the echidna and the platypus); the other three live in New Guinea. It would appear that even an evolutionary position requires a land bridge or similar between New Guinea and Australia, and, given that evolutionary dating systems are based on faulty presuppositions, the date placed by Kuban on such a phenomenon is irrelevant.
  3. The reason why few placental mammals would make the same journey is also due to the speed of migration caused by breeding patterns.
  4. Kuban complains that koalas would be too slow to make the journey. But he ignores two issues; first, that the speed of migration is not really related to the speed of the animal’s locomotion, but rather their breeding patterns, and second that modern koalas have probably developed by speciation (within the biblical kind) from faster moving animals. The dietary specialization of the koala is also probably an adaptation to environment, which would have occurred, after the koala’s ancestors had reached Australia. I need to emphasize that this adaptation is not evolution. It is adaptation within an existing animal kind, by selection from within an existing gene pool, whereas Darwinian evolution requires the spontaneous generation of new genetic information.
  5. Kiwi
    Kiwi

    Kuban assumes that creationists believe that kiwis arrived in New Zealand flightless. This is unlikely. It is more likely that these birds lost the use of their wings for environmental reasons, and that this would again have happened by selection within an existing gene pool. Speciation of blind marsupial moles and sugar gliders is likewise easy to understand within a creationist framework.

Evolutionists often accept adaptations and variations to their models. Likewise, they should expect that, within a creationist paradigm, there will also be development of scientific ideas and models. So the model that I proposed in my chapter is not presented as the final word, and I would not expect every creationist to follow it or agree with it. The reason for its inclusion in the New Answers Book 1 is simply to show that a creationist model is feasible. When Kuban criticizes the model as being against “the vast bulk of scientific evidence”, he merely commits the logical fallacy known as elephant hurling, whereby an outrageous claim of overwhelming scientific authority is made, in order to hide the fact that he has no real scientific evidence for his so-called “refutation” at all.

[1] Taylor, P.F. (2006), How Did Animals Spread All Over the World from Where the Ark Landed? In Ham, K. (ed. 2006), The New Answers Book 1, (Green Forest, AR: Master Books), pp141-148

[2] ibid.

[3] Kuban, G.J. (2014), Marsupial Distribution Refutes YECism, < http://paleo.cc/ce/marsupials.htm >, retrieved 11/04/2015

[4] I am currently engaged in writing a book, to explain presuppositional apologetics and its application in a simple way. I hope that the book (provisionally titled Only Believe) will be published by Spring 2016. In the meantime, for a brief explanation, see the appendix on presuppositional apologetics in Seegert, J. (2014), Creation & Evolution, (Green Forest, AR: Master Books), pp286-298

[5] Taylor, P.F. (2014), A Presuppositional Young Earth Creationist, < http://justsixdays.com/j6db3/2014/02/a-presuppositional-young-earth-creationist/ >, retrieved 11/04/2015

[6] Ham, K. (2014), What Does Bill Nye Really Think of Me—and Christians in General?, < https://answersingenesis.org/blogs/ken-ham/2014/02/17/what-does-bill-nye-really-think-of-me-and-christians-in-general/ >, retrieved 11/04/2015

New Human Species?

A New Human Species

Where Birds Eat Horses
Paul's New Book, Where Birds Eat Horses. Buy it here.

News items on supposed scientific issues are occurring all the time. In recent months, many news agencies have reported on significant finds made in South Africa, which evolutionists assert are of creatures related to humans and to apes. These reports have been published, since the publication of my book Where Birds Eat Horses, which many of you know is a book which teaches a strategy to help you spot evolutionary pseudo-science in such articles. I could have picked any of the news agencies’ reports, but I have chosen to pick that of the BBC, and have made a worksheet version of the article available here.

The pdf version of the article gives you the basic article, followed by the four stages of mark-up, which I detail in the book.

Fuzzy Words

The article contains a number of fuzzy words, such as “probably”, “suggests that”, and unanswered questions. Two fuzzy phrases not mentioned in the book are worthy of comment here.

“Will shed more light…”. The full sentence is “the discovery is unprecedented in Africa and will shed more light on how the first humans evolved.” Supporters of evolutionism are inclined to overlook the fact that this phrase implies that the previous knowledge possessed insufficient “light”. Paradoxically, the use of the phrase points out the lack of support for their position.

“Current theories need to be re-evaluated” is a phrase similar to the above. It is noteworthy that evolutionary articles will not contain the phrase “current theories need to be abandoned”.

Magic Words

We have defined magic words as those phrases implying that something impossible might actually have happened, if, for example, enough millions of years have elapsed. But this article contains another interesting magic phrase.

“What we are seeing is more and more species of creatures that suggests that nature was experimenting with how to evolve humans…” Nature was experimenting? This is an example of a logical fallacy, known as reification. Nature has done no experimenting. It is not possible for nature to experiment. The concept of such experimentation implies that “nature” had some end-point for the evolution of humans in mind. Yet, evolution is supposed to be a blind process of random chance.

False Presuppositions

“Homo naledi has a mixture of primitive and more modern features.” The use of the words “primitive” and “modern” is presuppositional. There is no other reason to describe a behavior as “primitive”, unless one has presupposed an evolutionary, upward timescale. The article was peppered with these phrases. Other noteworthy false presuppositional phrases are:

  • The description of the skull shape as “progressive”
  • The confidence that they “are going to know everything about this species.” And
  • Nadeli was capable of ritual behavior and possibly symbolic thought. The concept of “ritual” is being used as if it is a “primitive” behavior, even though it indicates the existence of thought processes.

The Real Science

intelliapeThe article winds up illustrating very little indeed in the way of actual science. The whole fuzzy word analysis (FWA) has revealed only 3 short paragraphs of genuine information.

The fact of wrong or false presupposition is seen in the face of the homo naledi illustrated in the article. There is something vaguely human about the ape-like face. It is caused by the fact that whites of the eyes are shown. Apes do not have whites in their eyes. Yet, without warrant, the photo shows an intelligence behind the eyes of the “ape-man” – even though the original skeleton shows no sign of the creatures’ eyes.

By studying how I have gone about editing this document, we hope that the whole business of “fuzzy word analysis” will become second nature to you.

The raw article is on the first 2 pages of the pdf.

Where Birds Eat Horses – what they are saying

Where Birds Eat Horses
There will be a special book signing at the Creation Center on Saturday October 3rd 2015.
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With the publication of my new book, Where Birds Eat Horses: the Language of Evolution, you might be interested to read what other people are saying about the book.

Jerry BergmanDr. Jerry Bergman, Speaker, Researcher and Author of many books, including “Slaughter of the Dissidents”: “The goal of the workbook is to help students and others think critically about the claims made for Darwinism. In short, Paul Taylor succeeds wonderfully in achieving this important goal. After discussing the basic common fallacies of thinking used by evolutionists in their writing, numerous examples from the evolutionary literature are presented that effectively illustrate these fallacies. First, some actual examples were given that were highlighted to give the student practice in applying the concepts reviewed in the first part of the book, then examples that students can do on their own, or in a group, were provided. Once these keys to critical thinking are pointed out, and the student is given some examples to practices, the student should be able to use these tools to critically evaluate literature intended to persuade readers of the validity of Darwinism.”

 

Carl GallupsCarl Gallups, Pastor and Best-selling author of “Final Warning”: “Paul Taylor's WHERE BIRDS EAT HORSES engrosses the reader from the very first page. His brilliant explanation concerning ‘fuzzy’ words and ‘magic’ words are a real game changer in the analysis of the plethora of pseudoscientific declarations of evolution-speak with which we are continually pummeled. Paul has penned yet another stellar defense of the biblical account of creation. You must have this book!”

 

rcomfortRay Comfort, Evangelist, Author and CEO/Founder of Living Waters Ministries “Darwinian evolution is unscientific, unobservable, unbelievable, but understandable in a world that hates God. Paul Taylor is uniquely gifted with insight into this groundless and godless philosophy. May God use this book to equip millions.”

 

ckerbyCarl Kerby, international speaker, President and Founder of Reasons for Hope. “Paul Taylor understands the importance of critical thinking!  In a time when so many young people raised in the church are dropping by the wayside there is a great need for practical, straight forward teaching on applying our faith in a world that no longer believes in truth.  Paul’s book, ‘Where Birds Eat Horses,’ is one of those tools!  The chapter on ‘Fuzzy Word Analysis’ alone is vitally important.  Every parent and youth should be trained in ‘HOW’ to think, not ‘WHAT’ to think!  My prayer is that the Lord will use ‘Where Birds Eat Horses’ to train many to do just that.  To God be the glory.”

 

jseegertJay Seegert, Author and Managing Director of the Creation Education Center. “Paul Taylor has done the creation community a service by providing a book that not only draws attention to a common problem with evolutionary literature, but has also taken it a step further in helping the layperson to spot these errors as well.  In a society enamored with and too often intimidated by science, we frequently blindly accept everything in print when it comes from a scientific source.  With wit and wisdom, Paul helps cut through the fog and exposes the “just so stories” that are too pervasive in education today.  I highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to be better positioned to spot error and defend their faith.”

 

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Six Days: The Gospel Truth

Yom - day
Yom - day
The Hebrew word “yom,” means “day”

Every couple of months someone identified with conservative evangelicalism feels it is their duty to exercise their theological machismo by deliberately contradicting the plain reading for Genesis 1. Today, it has been the turn of Justin Taylor, of The Gospel Coalition. In an article entitled “Biblical Reasons to Doubt the Creation Days Were 24-Hour Periods”1, he claims that the text does not actually describe the creation days as literal 24-hour days.

Justin Taylor is determined directly to contradict what people like me say about Genesis 1.

Contrary to what is often implied or claimed by young-earth creationists, the Bible nowhere directly teaches the age of the earth.

Now, I have explained before why I am not a fan of the term “young-earth creationist”, because I can only be described as a young-earther by contrasting my views with an unbiblical deep-time worldview2. I consider the term “young-earther” to belong to an incorrect presupposition. Therefore, you would expect me, as a biblical presuppositionalist, to take the position that the Bible does indeed directly teach that the creation days were literal 24-hour days. The issue is actually one of hermeneutics – and, in particular, not interpreting one passage of Scripture so that it would contradict another. My book, The Six Days of Genesis3, contains more information on this subject, but, in brief, we should look at how the Hebrew word for day – yom – is used. In fact, yom is very similar in use to the English word, and it can mean a 24-hour period, or the hours of daylight, or a period of time. The context of the word tells us clearly what it means in each place. And of the 2,301 occasions in which the word yom appears in the Old Testament, it is only in Genesis 1 that people have any problem with what it actually means. So, it is worth looking at how the word yom is used elsewhere in the Old Testament.

For example, have you read Numbers 7 recently? It is one of those boring sections that you would rather skip over in your Bible reading plan, forgetting what 2 Timothy 3:16 says! Well, in Numbers 7, the tribes of Israel bring their gifts for the Tabernacle to Moses. In Numbers 7:12, we read that the tribe of Judah brought their offering on the first day. On the second day, the tribe of Issachar came (Numbers 7:18. Zebulun brought their offering on the third day (Numbers 7:24). Since a day with the Lord is as a thousand years (2 Peter 3:8), was poor old Moses sat there for 12,000 years, waiting for these offerings? Of course not! These were 12 literal 24-hour days. And the grammar of Numbers 7 is identical to that of Genesis 1. In fact, outside of Genesis 1, there is not a single example of the word yom being used with a number, where it does not mean a 24 hour day4. So, there is no reason to interpret Genesis 1 in any other way than to state that it refers to 24-hour days.

In his article, Justin Taylor claims five reasons for saying that the Genesis text does not require actual 24-hour days. I will now use his headings, and answer each point.

  1. Genesis 1:1 describes the actual act of creation out of nothing and is not a title or a summary

The reason for this distinction is so that he can claim that the creation of the universe out of nothing was not part of the biblical six days of creation. Justin Taylor rightly points out that the phrase “heaven and earth” is a merism – i.e. a figure of speech, referencing totality, and in this case referring to the universe as a whole. (English examples of merisms include “I searched high and low”, which, if you lived in a house with three floors, would not imply that you didn't search the middle floor). However, the fact that “heaven and earth” refers merismically to the universe does not help his case. He brushes off the fact that Exodus 20:11 makes clear that God's creation of the heavens and earth took place within the six days of creation. Moreover, he attempts to use Joel 3:15-16 to claim that the heavens “encompasses the sun, the moon, and the stars”. On the contrary – it is the merism “heavens and earth” which includes the sun, moon and stars, but this does not imply that those bodies existed in Genesis 1:1, because that chapter is about incomplete creation. God made the universe in stages, so that He could set the weekly pattern for us to use.

Justin Taylor uses a table to illustrate the well-used formula that there is a parallel in the six days of creation, showing that these cannot be real days. He links day 1 with day 4, day 2 with day 5 and day 3 with day 6. However, this linkage is not perfect. For example, God made the firmament of space, and stretched it out, between the waters above and below, on day 2, so this should be a parallel to day 4, cutting across this neat hypothesis.

  1. The Earth, darkness, and water are created before “the First Day”

This is a corollary of the first point. So, if the first point does not apply, then neither does this. We have seen, above, that the creation of the heavens and the earth must have occurred within the six days of the creation week.

Justin Taylor wants to make much of the two Hebrew words bara (create – implying ex nihilo creation) and asah (make – implying something being formed out of pre-existing materials). But this is a false dichotomy. For example, there are several verses in the Bible which use asah, yet clearly refer to God's creation of the Universe ex nihilo (out of nothing). See Exodus 31:17, 2 Kings 19:15, 2 Chronicles 2:12, and Isaiah 37:16.

  1. The Seventh “Day” is not 24 hours long

Justin Taylor uses the familiar claim that God is still in his “Sabbath-rest”. This is not the case. He argues that, for us to “enter into His rest”, then His rest must still be continuing (Psalm 95:11). However, that is not what Psalm 95 is implying, and it requires a considerable eisegesis to force the Scripture to say this. A normal reading of Genesis would suggest that God was setting the pattern for the regular weekly cycle, in Genesis 1, and that there must surely have been a Day 8, Day 9 and so on. Indeed, James Ussher showed that, if the events of Genesis 3 occurred on Day 10, then this would correspond to Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement!

  1. The “Day” of Genesis 2:4 cannot be 24-hours long

Justin Taylor is correct on this point. But the day of Genesis 2:4 clearly refers to a period of time, by context, because it does not have a number with it.

It is at this point that Justin Taylor suggests Hosea 6:2 as an example of a numbered day that was not literal. Let's quote this verse, so that we can examine it.

After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight.

Justin Taylor has already acknowledged one Hebrew idiom – the merism. He now needs to notice another; the X / X + 1 construction frequently used as an indicator of inexactitude. Thus, in Hosea 6:2, the phase as a whole refers to a vague number of days, but only makes sense, because we know the exact 24-hour meaning of the word day, in the context of a number. Although this idiom may be unfamiliar to us, I would suggest that we use a remarkably similar construction in English. For example, if I am going on a short vacation, I might say “I will be gone for 2 or 3 days”. You would not necessarily call me a liar, if I actually stayed away for 5 days. The phrase “2 or 3 days” is vague, whereas neither “2 days” nor “3 days” are vague expressions. This construction does not just apply to days. I have 6 or 7 pens in my laptop case! How many pens do I have? If you opened up my case and found 9 pens, would you say that I had lied? The Bible uses similar formulae to Hosea 6:2 in other places. See, for example, Job 5:19, Proverbs 6:16, Proverbs 30:15, and Amos 1:3.

  1. The explanation of Genesis 2:5-7 assumes more than an ordinary calendar day

It is not necessary to spend much time refuting this, as we have already seen that Genesis 2:4 does not have to refer to an ordinary day. Justin Taylor's problem is that he assumes that the passage refers to a continuous sequence of events; i.e. there is no wild vegetation, because there is no rain, therefore God sent rain clouds. It is not necessary to read this sequence into the passage. He should concede that it makes at least equally good sense to assume that the passage is simply referring to the totality of God's creation. The other refutations of his ideas that we have given should stand alongside our interpretation of this passage. Even if we were to concede that his reading is a possible interpretation of Genesis 2:5-7 in isolation, it cannot stand alongside a plain reading of Genesis 1.

Justin Taylor began his article, and also finished it, with comments stating that great theologians of the past, did not hold to literal 24-hour days. This line of reasoning is, of course, fallacious, as it constitutes an argument from authority. Even if I accepted as true every other word that these scholars wrote, that does not mean that I have to acquiesce to their views on the days of creation, especially if the Bible clearly means something different from what the theologians say. In this matter, as in all matters, our most important plumbline is the word of God, and it is against that, and not against the words of theologians, however eminent, that we weigh our case.

When Exodus 20:11 reminds us that God made the heavens and the earth in six days, it is in the context of God giving a reason for His Commandments – the Law. It is only by the Law, says the apostle Paul, that we can understand sin, and that we are sinners. Therefore, it is only by the death and resurrection of the One who came to fulfill the Law that we can be saved. It is not an exaggeration to say that Exodus 20 shows that, if the six days were not literal days, then the Commandments cannot be literal either, for why would God expect literal adherence to the Law, if it is based on a non-literal timescale. So, if the Commandments are non-literal then they are not Commandments – they are merely Ten Suggestions. And if they are Suggestions, then it cannot matter if we re-interpret them to suit ourselves. So the breaking of these Suggestions cannot be classed as sin, so we are not sinners, and we do not need a Savior. And you thought this was just a minor argument about 24-hour days. It isn't. It is about the Gospel. A writer for The Gospel Coalition ought to know that.


1 Taylor, J. (2015), Biblical Reasons to Doubt the Creation Days Were 24-Hour Periods, < http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2015/01/28/biblical-reasons-to-doubt-the-creation-days-were-24-hour-periods/ >, accessed 1/28/2015

2 Taylor, P.F. (2014), Not a Young-Earther, < http://justsixdays.com/j6db3/2014/02/not-a-young-earther/ >

3 Taylor, P.F. (2007), The Six Days of Genesis, (Green Forest, AR: Master Books)

4 Justin Taylor claims he has an example in his article, from Hosea. We will examine this shortly.

Creation Sundays

Creation Sunday

Guest Post by Tony Breeden

Paul's Note:
Tony Breeden, a pastor, creation speaker and author, developed the idea of Creation Sundays a couple of years ago, in response to the Evolution Sundays. Evolution Sundays, which fall on the nearest Sunday to Darwin's birthday (February 12th), were devised by the atheist Michael Zimmerman, with his infamous Clergy Letter Project, whereby he got signatures from well-known clergy, supporting the syncretism of Christianity with evolutionism. Tony decided that we could and should celebrate that Sunday, but that we could use it to explain to our congregations why they can trust the biblical account of creation. Accordingly, the Mount St Helens Creation Center will be organizing a Creation Sunday event, and are encouraging churches to do likewise. To see how your church can take part, read on…

Creation SundaySo how exactly does one celebrate a Creation Sunday?

It’s not as difficult as you might think. You don’t have to invite a special speaker, though you certainly can. You don’t have to put on an elaborate presentation.

All that’s required is a willingness to dedicate a service to the doctrine of Creation. If we’re honest, most churches do something like this at least 3 to 4 times a year. At Christmas, we dedicate a service to the Incarnation. On Good Friday and Easter, we dedicate a service to celebrate the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ Jesus. Many churches have a Gideon Sunday, where the emphasis is on missions. Most houses of worship in the United States focus on patriotism and our nation’s Christian heritage around Independence Day.

There are several areas where you can tweak your regular service to create a Creation Sunday celebration.

1. Scripture Reading. Many Christian traditions regularly incorporate Scripture readings into worship services. Some of these are responsive readings, where a worship leader reads one verse and the congregation reads the next in response. Some recommended Scriptures are:

  • Genesis 1:1
  • Genesis 1-2
  • Job 38-41
  • Psalm 8
  • Psalm 19:1-6
  • Psalm 104
  • Psalm 148
  • Proverbs 8:22-31
  • Isaiah 45:18
  • John 1:1-14
  • Acts 17:22-31
  • Romans 1:16-25
  • 1 Corinthians 15:19-26, 45
  • Colossians 1:14-20

2. These Scriptures could also be included in your church programs/bulletins.

3. Music. Many of the church’s hymns are expressions of worship of the Creator God. Some recommended selections include:

  • All Creatures of Our God and King
  • Fairest Lord Jesus
  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  • Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God Almighty!
  • How Great Thou Art
  • Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
  • Morning Has Broken
  • My God is There Controlling
  • Our God is an Awesome God [by Rich Mullins]
  • This Is My Father’s World
  • We Sing the Greatness of Our God

4. A Sermon upon the Topic of God’s Creation. The Bible is our Authority! Any one of the Scripture texts provided above should provide ample fodder for a stirring message affirming God’s Creation. There are a lot of good ideas to incorporate at http://creationsciencemessages.org/. You might also find our Fact Sheets helpful!

Some of the points you will want to make are:

  • We do not follow cleverly devised fables, but rather the revealed Word of God. [2 Peter 1:16-21]
  • The Genesis record describes a literal 6-day Creation, as affirmed by the 4th commandment. [Exodus 20:11]
  • The Bible states that the Creator God is evident through His Creation [Psalm 19:1-6] , so that the world is without excuse [Romans 1:16-25].
  • The belief that the Earth and universe are billions of years old and man’s existence represents only the tiniest tail-end of that history contradicts Christ Jesus’ affirmation that God created man, male and female, “from the beginning.” [Matt 19:4; Mark 10:6]
  • The belief that Man is the product of evolution, an endless cycle of death and mutation, contradicts the Biblical standpoint that death is the wages [deserved earnings] of sin, that “by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin” and that, rather than being a natural part of existence, Death is the Last Enemy which shall be destroyed [Rom.5:12; also 1 Cor. 15:22 & 15:26].
  • Doubting the historicity of the Fall [Genesis 3] undermines the foundational basis of the Gospel, for if the literal First Adam did not literally Fall there is no need for literal sin debt to be paid by a literal Savior. [1 Cor 15:45]
  • To call a literal Adam and Fall into question is to call into question Our Blessed Hope, for the Apostle Paul, in the quintessential chapter on the subject, stated, “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” [1 Cor 15:21-22]

We will be bringing forth more information on how to prepare a Creation sermon in the very near future!

5. Show a Creation DVD. Answers magazine suggests “a church might show a DVD on the relevance of Genesis during the morning church service while the children watch a DVD on dinosaurs during the Sunday school hour. For an evening service, churches might show DVDs on dinosaurs and the origin of races. Participants then have an opportunity to discuss what they saw. At the same time, the church can make other resources available and show what’s available in the church library.” [Answers magazine. Jan-Mar. 2009, p.14]

Suggestions:

Adults:

Kids:

6. Invite a Creation Speaker. While any preacher with unction and a willingness to study up on the subject of Creation can deliver a Creation sermon, you may also want to consider a Creation speaker. A Creation speaker can offer presentations that capture the congregations attention and explore the scientific side of the Creation/Evolution debate, which is an awesome complement to a Biblical argument for Creation! This might also provide your church with a creation evangelism outreach opportunity, especially if you decide to hold a weekend Creation Conference!

Paul's Note:
The Mount St Helens Creation Center is developing links to creation groups in the Pacific North West and beyond. The links lists are incomplete yet, but keep calling back to get more info. You might also contact ministries like Answers in Genesis, The Institute for Creation Research or Creation Ministries International.

However you decide to put together your Creation Sunday Celebration, please let us know about your decision! Let the world know that your church stands for the historical, literal accuracy of a 6-day Creation as related in Genesis. If you’d like to add your church’s name to the Creation Sunday list, click here.

On behalf of CreationLetter.com & CreationSundays.com,

Rev. Tony Breeden
Founder, DefendingGenesis.org