Until the mid-19th Century, the biblical account of the creation of life and the universe was widely accepted within Christendom. In other words, Christians accepted the biblical revelation that the material world was created in six literal days about 6,000 years ago.
The Christian Surrender
But when Darwinism exploded on the scene, Christian leaders sold out quickly to the theories of scientists that the universe is billions of years old. To accommodate that supposition, Christian theologians developed the Gap Theory and the Day-Age Theory.
The Gap Theory argued that there are millions of years between the first two verses of Genesis. In other words, God created the universe and then it was despoiled by the revolt of Satan, and millions of years later, God re-created the universe.
The Day-Age Theory postulates that the creation days of Genesis were really days that lasted millions, if not billions, of years each.
The Revival of Genesis
The man who almost single-handedly revived the biblical view was Dr. Henry Morris (1918-2006). Dr. Morris graduated from Rice University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1939. Later, in 1950, he earned a doctorate in hydraulic engineering from the University of Minnesota. He then served as a professor of applied science at Southern Illinois University (1956-1957), and subsequently as professor of hydraulic engineering and civil engineering at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), where he also served as the department chair.
In 1961, Dr. Morris teamed up with a theologian named John C. Whitcomb, and the two of them wrote The Genesis Flood, which advocated supernatural creation by God and attributed the fossil record to the Noahic Flood.
In 1963, Dr. Morris and nine others founded the Creation Research Society which was committed to reaffirming the biblical story of creation. In 1972, he established the Institute for Creation Research, which produces scientific studies that affirm a young earth and refute the Theory of Evolution.
The Situation Today
In recent years, many other Creation ministries have been established and the number of scientists speaking out against evolution and in behalf of a young earth has steadily increased.
The time is long overdue for Christian leaders to join that chorus of voices. Unfortunately, most of those leaders today are either silent about Creation, or else they continue to try to conform the biblical revelation about the Creation to the opinions of scientists.
The fact of the matter is that a belief in the biblical story of Creation is very important theologically. A belief in Creationism is not something limited to a few “Fundamentalist preachers.” Rather, the concept of a young earth (together with a refutation of evolution) has been embraced by many with advanced degrees in science.
The fact of the matter is that the Theory of Evolution is on the ropes, and its advocates are scurrying around like mad trying to find an alternative theory.
In my opinion, the Theory of Evolution and its assumption of a Creation that is millions of years old is the greatest fantasy ever conceived by the depraved mind of Mankind.