Answering Dr. Norman Geisler’s Comments on Genesis

by Dr. Lisle
January 29, 2015     

Why are Christians so reluctant to accept Genesis as written? Even many otherwise fine Bible scholars, such as Dr. Norman Geisler, are hesitant to fully believe the words of Genesis. On many other issues, Geisler reasons cogently and interprets Scripture with Scripture. But when it comes to Genesis, the rules of hermeneutics and logical thinking are thrown away to make room for deep time (millions of years). Why? This brings to mind the words of Christ as He lamented over the reluctance of the disciples to believe in the resurrection: “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!” (Luke 24:25).

Dr. Geisler recently wrote an article entitled “Does Believing in Inerrancy Require One to Believe in Young Earth Creationism?” Since the Bible explicitly teaches that God created in six days (Exodus 20:11) with Adam and Eve made on day 6 (Genesis 1:26-31), and since the genealogies only add up to a few thousand years (e.g. Genesis 5), the Bible does teach a “young” Earth (in the sense of thousands of years as opposed to billions). Therefore, if Scripture is inerrant, it follows logically that the Earth is young. But this is not Dr. Geisler’s conclusion. It is clear from his article that Geisler doesn’t want to accept the biblical timescale of creation. He works very hard to persuade the reader that there are multiple positions on Genesis that are compatible with inerrancy. Let’s examine his reasoning.

About Dr. Lisle

Jason Lisle, Ph.D

Dr. Jason Lisle is a Christian astrophysicist who writes and speaks on various topics relating to science and the defense of the Christian faith.  He graduated summa cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University where he double-majored in physics and astronomy and minored in mathematics.  He then earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in astrophysics at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  Dr. Lisle specialized in solar astrophysics and has made a number of scientific discoveries regarding the solar photosphere, including the detection of giant cell boundaries using the SOHO spacecraft.  He also does theoretical research and has contributed to the field of general relativity.

Since completion of his research at the University of Colorado, Dr. Lisle began working in full-time apologetics ministry, specializing in the defense of Genesis.  He has written a number of articles and books on the topic.  His most well-known book, The Ultimate Proof of Creation, demonstrates that biblical creation is the only logical possibility for origins.  Dr. Lisle wrote and directed the popular planetarium shows at the Creation Museum, including “The Created Cosmos.”  He now works as Director of Research at the Institute for Creation Research.

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