BioLogos is the number one group teaching theistic evolution. The idea that the six day creation in Genesis 1-2 was figurative and happened over millions of years. So, so disappointing to see long-time evangelical apologist RAVI ZACHARIAS listed on their site link above as their supporter. He used to be a Christian & Missionary Alliance preacher. Satan is going after the Bible-believing evangelical apologists. Zacharias edited Walter Martin’s Kingdom of the Cults and did a foreword for Leonard Ravenhill’s Why Revival Tarries. Its so grieving to hear him abandoning six day creation, because I think he used to believe in that. Only more reason to confuse people and not ground them in the Bible. (Recently, the Bible Answer Man, Hank Hanegraaff, was long reputed as Walter Martin’s successor, and of a Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) affiliation. Super Puritan. Now, he’s Eastern Orthodox and praying to dead saints and icons! Dude!) Ephesians 5:15-17: “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” It makes me want to study the Bible. Take a look at Jonathan Sarfati’s Refuting Compromise. He leaves no room for personal interpretation on this critical issue that undermines the authority and trustworthiness of the Bible. Ken Ham quotes Zacharias as saying this in 2014:
Rather than spend our time debating for hours whether its billions of years or whether its thousands of years, we should instead by arguing for the fact that you cannot explain the full questions of life—origin, meaning, morality and destiny—without a personal, moral, First Cause, which is God himself. We go to the ultimate cause, not the ultimate methods of how it all came about. You will never be able to get a coherent worldview without positing an eternal moral personal First Cause. That’s what I want to defend—I don’t want to argue a timeline.
I can recommend some great books. Seven Days That Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science by John C. Lennox (theistic evolutionist), my colleague at Oxford, is a brilliant book on dealing with where the issues here really lie.
This leads me to ask another question: which Christian apologists believe in the literal six day creation and a 6,000 year old earth? To me, this is an issue of Biblical authority; and shows me where the apologists’ loyalties lay. Either to the Bible or to secular science; either to God’s Word or their own mind. Here’s an incomplete list so far:
1. John MacArthur
2. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
3. Chuck Smith
4. Master Books
– Jonathan Sarfati, Ken Ham, Ray Comfort, Henry Morris
5. Presbyterian & Reformed
– John C. Whitcomb, John Frame, R. C. Sproul, Cornelius Van Til, Richard Pratt
– John Frame – Systematic Theology, Apologetics
– R. C. Sproul – Essential Truths, Defending Your Faith, Classical Apologetics
– Cornelius Van Til – Defense of the Faith, Christian Apologetics, Systematic Theology
6. Reformation Heritage Books
– John Fesko, Voddie Baucham, K. Scott Oliphint, Greg Bahnsen