Creation and Change
by Douglas Kelly
Just as the best movies aren’t always playing at the megaplex, the best books can get lost in the shuffle. If you have Stephen King’s marketing budget, anyone who reads a newspaper will know about your new book—but if you are relatively unknown, it’s hard to be heard in the media swarm.
Which explains why I have a soft spot in my heart for Douglas F. Kelly’s Creation and Change. Not only is this book excellent, but it is also one of those underdogs that is unjustly overlooked. I dream of the day when Kelly plays David to Stephen Jay Gould’s Goliath.
Until then, let me be the first to tell you that you should read this book. From the outset, Kelly dodges a trap that has ensnared many sincere creationists—namely, the temptation to begin stacking up evidence that suggests the earth is young. As soon as creationists fall into this trap, they have conceded to the evolutionist (or the old earth proponent) their most basic premise: whether we believe in a young earth or an old earth depends upon how compelling the scientific evidence for each position is.
That’s wrong! What someone believes about the age of the earth depends, ultimately, on his assumptions about epistemology—how he can know truth. The young earth proponent adopts that position because he assumes that God’s Word is his ultimate source of knowledge; the old earth proponent shies away from a young earth because he presumes that science is an equally valid (or better) way of knowing. As Bill Jack says, “it’s not that seeing is believing, but rather believing is seeing.” In other words, we interpret evidence based on our unspoken foundational assumptions. One man sees a salmon return to spawn exactly where it was born and “knows” that God designed the salmon; another man sees the same fish and “knows” that evolution has wrought miracles.
Christians need to face the fact that God’s Word clearly indicates a young earth. “The major problem with [the Gap Theory],” writes Kelly, “is that it reads into Scripture what is not there in any careful, scholarly examination of the relevant texts.” As Kelly takes the time to demonstrate in a calm and thoughtful way, scripture teaches that God created the universe in six days less than 10,000 years ago. Christians need not apologize if scientific evidence, for a brief moment in time, suggests otherwise.
by Jeff Baldwin