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This paper will contain a review of the article “Old-Earth Geology and its Ramifications for Life in the 21st Century by Dr. Terry Mortenson, 2003”.
Brief Overview and Main Points The theme of the article covered the long debated topics of the earth and universe being billions of years old, which was an idea with its origin and roots beginning in the 19th century, and was understandably named “The Genesis- Geology Debate”. Today, it is a very important topic, to science students, Christianity’s history along with science; and is also highly relevant to the current growing debate over evolution and or creation. The dominant view of the earth’s age in the 1800’s was mostly the creation theory that

God created the earth in six 24 hr. days. However, by the end of the 1800’s, theories sought to

prove earth’s existence only through natural and evolutionary means. This change in theory was

mainly due to 3 French scientists, whose work revolved around natural laws in matter, time,

chance and nature itself, leaving God out of the picture.

Therefore, during the 19th Century there were 3 dominant earth views: 1) Catastrophists-

who believed that creation was “untold-ages” old and that through catastrophic floods many life

forms were died off, and God recreated new species. 2) Uniformitarians who ignored origins of

life, and believed all geological processes remained the same throughout history without change;

and 3) Scriptural geologists who believed in creation as God stated in the Bible, and that earth

was not millions of years old. Christian catastrophists and uniformitarians tried to find a way to

“blend" the theory of old earth creation with the account of Genesis, which proves the author’s

statement, “A person’s worldview not…...

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