Seemingly, one of the biggest dividing lines among Christians seems to be 1. those who believe that God created the universe in 6 literal days and 2. those who believe that God created the universe in some other timeframe. The media often plug away at this distinction, referring to 6-day creationists as literalists or fundamentalists. Christians who believe that God created the world, but not in 6 literal days sometimes also choose to highlight their acceptance of evolution as a method as it provides a distinction from some ‘creation scientists’ who have made unsubstantiated claims that are not supported by modern scientific thought. I know many godly Christian’s who come down on both sides of the issue. Never-the-less, the issue is often cast as one of ‘science deniers’ verses ‘science believers’. Given that the creation issue is a close related cousin of the ‘man-made climate change’ verses ‘natural climate change’ debate, the topic is very current.
While I have a strong view of the creation issue, I don’t intend to make this post a debate about whether creation happened or not. (there may be time for a separate post on this). This post is for those who believe that God is the Creator, but differ on the how and when of the creation process. Given this, I want to ask a few questions.
1. Should the creation process be an issue that divides Christians? Why or Why not?
2. Is a belief in a literal 6 day creation a pre-requisite to belief in a literal Genesis account of Adam and Eve in Eden?
3. What are other flow-on beliefs that stem from a literal 6 day view of creation or its alternatives?