Quit Hating Science
Science is no threat to Christianity. Really. So just relax.
Lots of Christians spend all day worrying that science will destroy faith. They cling to their scientific interpretations of Scripture with iron claws, defending young earth theory and the 7-literal-day creation against all those “heathens” with their wretched “science.” They are afraid that, if evolution was possible or the earth was older than they thought, Christianity would be damaged. They are paranoid.
Even a child can see the creation story is not supposed to be a scientific document. Open Genesis 1 and note the following obvious discrepancy.
DAY 1: God makes light and darkness. There was evening and there was morning.
DAY 4: God creates the sun, moon and stars.
See the problem? You can’t have evening and morning before you have the sun. You can’t have days at all. It makes no sense. Unless this is a poetic (non-scientific) explanation just meant to say one thing: God created everything. It’s not a scientific explanation of how he did it.
Problem solved. Now, there are other workarounds for this problem, and you can believe them. But they are, in my opinion, strange attempts to avoid the obvious.
Genesis vaguely says God “created” the heavens and the earth. You may wonder why the Bible sticks to this one vague word. It’s simple: the creation story is meant to convey the source of the world. Where did all these wonderful creatures come from? God made them. That’s about all Genesis tells you and it’s all you need to know.
How old is the earth, and how much time does an eternal God take to create a universe? I don’t know. You don’t either. And you shouldn’t care. Such questions are irrelevant to your faith. We have bigger fish to fry, and lots of them.
And now, in the spirit of not fearing science, an amazing techno remix of my favorite atheist scientist, Carl Sagan. Careful, you might learn something.