Reasons to Believe

Days of Creation

"What kind of days these are is difficult or even impossible for us to imagine, to say nothing of describing them."    –St. Augustine, City of God, p. 436

Some prominent and vocal Christian groups argue that the only proper way to understand the "days" in the Genesis text is as calendar days (or 24-hour days). However, numerous recent studies by conservative Christian scholars (e.g., in the Presbyterian Church of America and at Westminster Theological Seminary) affirm that a high regard for the authority of Scripture allows a diversity of views on the meaning of the Hebrew word translated "day". In addition to the calendar day view, other prominent perspectives include the framework view, the analogical day view and the day-age view. Reasons To Believe holds the day-age (long but finite days) view and yet we recognize the "sister" status of the framework and analogical views. While Christians may hold divergent positions on issues not essential to salvation, we maintain that any valid position must integrate and make sense of all the texts and verses given throughout the Bible.

Featured Articles –
"Four Views of the Biblical Creation Account"  
"The Nature and Duration of Creation Day Six"
"Creedal Controversy: The Orthodoxy of 'Days'"
"Creation : What Kind of Days Are These?"
"Reading Between the Fossil Lines"

Featured Podcasts –
"Young Earth, Old Earth, and Theistic Evolution"
 "Six days vs. billions of years"
"Is Old-Earth Creationism Biblical? Paul Copan Interview, part 1"
"Is Old-Earth Creationism Biblical? Paul Copan Interview, part 2"

Featured Videos –
"How long are the creation 'days'?"
"The John Ankerberg Debate: Young-Earth vs. Old-Earth" (8 segments)
"Did God Create the Earth Before the Sun and Moon?"

Featured Resources –

"'A Matter of Days"

 "'The Bigger Picture on Creation' Podcast"