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Abstract

Most Seventh-day Adventist thought leaders have never questioned a "young"
age for the Earth’s biosphere, i.e. from six thousand to tens of thousands of years.
However, while pioneer Adventist Church leaders were also explicit in accepting
these same ages for all inanimate matter on Earth and in space many prominent
Adventist individuals and institutions now allow or accept a conventional “Big
Bang” cosmology with its implications of 4.5 and 13.7 billion-year ages for the
Earth and universe respectively. This view has been increasingly championed by
a number of Adventist writers on science during the last five decades and in recent years there has been a renewed theological attempt to strengthen its exegetical foundation.

This paper argues that the coherence of this “old universe but young
life” model is compromised at two levels. The first involves the selective acceptance of scientific evidence and inconsistent use of scientific methodology. The second, more fully developed in this paper, relates to the implications of the tacit admission of ongoing “process” made by the “old universe but young life” model.

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