I must admit that I change my thinking a great deal on how God created the universe. Here are the following views I can accept.
- Progressive Creation and Intelligent Design: An Old Earth accepting microevolution only. God has a direct act in creation using the Big Bang but no macroevolution.
- Evolutionary Creation and Intelligent Design: God uses microevolution and macroevolution with the Big Bang and creation directly through evolution-non Darwinism. In my version God takes a direct act in creation.
- Intelligent Design Theory: Christian Version: God creates through microevolution but not through macroevolution. God creates through creatio ex nihilo in my view. It could have been YEC or OEC even though I accept OEC.
Even though I disagree with Pat Robertson in some areas, if one were to drill down two or three miles, there is a different world than the one we know today. I cannot accept the Gap Theory because there is no Gap between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. If I accept the Deluge of Noah, I would have to consider it a local flood in Mesopotamia. I can accept the Swamidass Model or the Lamoureux Model of Genesis 1-11 even though I tend to agree with Dr. Joshua. I respect Dr. Denis because he is a scholar too as well as a conservative Christian. You are both scholars, Dr. Joshua, but you have slightly different views. As a Baptist, I tend to be attracted to views one and three.
Even though I feel the way I do, I must admit that Dr. Billy Graham does carry a lot of weight with me. He had a Bachelor of Theology from Florida Bible Institute and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Wheaton College. He was a theologian and a bit of a scientist himself. One should respect the man. I know his spirit is in heaven until the resurrection of his glorified body. I told Billy about my parents and asked him to tell them that I love them when his spirit arrived at the gates of the Holy City the New Jerusalem.