Sir, I do hope your regular contributor Dr J Matthews is not suggesting that the Flood was universal and that the world was created in the proverbial six days! Sir Leonard Woolley in the last century proved that there was a flood as evidenced by his archaeological work at the site of Ur of the Chaldees and later work in that part of the Middle East confirmed a localised “Noachian” flood.
Again if it is being suggested that the earth is about 4,000 years old then the main university geological departments might as well pack up and go home.
Current evidence points to the Earth being 4.5 billion years old, which gives plenty of time for the classical geological groupings. The scientific literature certainly does not have evidence of “the youthfulness of the Earth” unless it is comparatively speaking in line with the dating of the big bang.
Dr Matthews has mentioned before the JEDP theory and the work of Welhausen in your columns. A simple review of current theological studies show modern scholarship to be very critical of Welhausen’s conclusions.
Cosmological work is suggesting that creation as an occasion might not have existed… but the essence of the human spirit is nevertheless with us. Christianity does need to take into account our growing knowledge. It is surely the only defence against the growth of a secular society. As Polkinghorne, Feyman and others have shown at the quantum state behaviourism is largely a question of probability.
We all live in state of uncertainty and too much reliance on unsubstantiated faith but the main certainty is death and taxes.
Prof R David Langman,