The Origin of Old-Earth Geology and Its Ramifications for Life in the 21st Century

811 Words Apr 30th, 2014 4 Pages
Dr. Travis Bradshaw
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April 7, 2014

Journal Article Review

In this paper I will discuss and review Dr. Terry Mortenson’s article about The Origin of Old-Earth Geology and its Ramifications for Life in the 21st Century. I will discuss the many strengths of this article and also the weaknesses that are also involved in Dr. Terry Mortenson’s paper.
Brief Overview and Main Points
Dr. Mortenson’s paper discussed the many different scientific views of how the Earth was created from the point of view of many different scientists such as scriptural geologists, uniformitarians and catastrophists. Each have their own views on the history of the Earth and how it was created. Dr. Mortenson then goes into
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For example, scientists such as Laplace who was an open atheist and didn’t believe in God definitely let their view on the world affect how they believed the Earth was made. If they didn’t believe in God, of course they weren’t going to believe in the Scriptural teachings of the Earth being created in six days, which led them to believe in the old-earth theory that the Earth is billions of years old.
Article Weaknesses
I believe that the author’s view of how the Earth was created is a bit confusing. Throughout most of the paper you tend to think the author believes in the old-earth theory according to his introduction saying, “Almost everyone living today takes for granted that the universe and earth are billions of years old.” When reading this first sentence and Dr. Mortenson’s introduction, you get the impression that Dr. Mortenson believes in the old-earth theory that the Earth is older than what the Bible says. It isn’t until the very end of the article where Dr. Mortenson says,
I would suggest that the last 170 years in the Western world has confirmed the scriptural geologists’ worst fears. The West is in rapid moral and social decline (e.g., drug abuse, sexual immorality, abortion, epidemic divorce, school violence, suicide, etc.). This seems particularly obvious in Britain and America, where Christianity has previously had such a great moral influence on culture.

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