Passages of Time
Charles J. Colton on the Gap Theory & Biblical Chronologies
When I was a student in my church’s youth group, we debated the “Gap Theory,” which posits that there is an unspecified span of time between the first two verses of the Bible. The venerable Scofield Reference Bible had left open the door to that possibility, which made our discussion of the subject acceptable. The adults in charge didn’t really like the theory, however, because of the way it gave ground to all those “atheistic evolutionists.”
The concern, it seemed, wasn’t really about propositional truth; it mostly was about proper associations. So we were made to understand that Genesis 1:1–2 said what it said, and that the earth was quite young,―if only to make us different.
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