Other old-earth creationists simply suggest that what is communicated in Genesis 1 is a literary form of the ancient Near East describing a perfect creation.Genesis 1 was never intended to communicate history, at least in their view.What better way, then, to equip myself for the study of the earth’s age, than to spend nine days around the Grand Canyon (six of them in it) with ICR geologists, physicists, and biologists.ICR has been conducting these tours for over ten years, so everything runs extremely well.Let me emphasize right at the start that both young- earth and old-earth creationists bring a reverent and submissive attitude to Genesis. Well-known young-earth creationists Henry Morris, Duane Gish, and Steve Austin, from the Institute for Creation Research, interpret the days of Genesis 1 as literal 24-hours days, the genealogies of Genesis 5 and 11 as consecutive or nearly consecutive generations, and the flood as a universal, catastrophic event.This leaves little room for much more than ten to thirty thousand years as the true age of the earth.ICR believes that the strata, the layers of rock in the Grand Canyon, were primarily formed during Noah’s flood perhaps only five thousand years ago.
The Grand Canyon provides an excellent venue to consider the theories of both groups on how the geological layers were formed and when this occured. All would be well if you could count on receiving the same answer!
I will first briefly discuss the biblical aspects of the question, then move on to geology, the flood, and the Grand Canyon.
First, how do the “young-earth” and “old-earth” positions view the Scriptures?
However, some will very quickly tell you that the earth was created during creation week and can be no more than six to ten thousand years old.
Other Christians will tell you, with just as much confidence, that the earth is 4.5 billion years old. What adds even more to the confusion is the fact that you can find both opinions within conservative evangelical circles.