Pete Enns continues his critque of Al Mohler’s theory that the earth only looks billions of years old. Today Pete points out 1) that Mohler needs not only to account for why life, the universe and everything looks old, but also for why it looks like it evolved, and 2) that Mohler is arbitrary in which portions of Scripture he reads plainly. Pete makes some particularly saucy points:
The biblical writers thought the earth was a flat disk. To follow Mohler’s logic, we must conclude that the world only looks round, since Scripture has the final word on the matter. Hence, God created the earth with “apparent roundness.”
Likewise, the Bible speaks of the sky overhead as a dome. Therefore, it can only appear that we have broken free of our atmosphere and orbited the earth, landed on the moon, and are moving further to the outer limits of our solar system daily. God created the cosmos with “apparent outer space.”
The Bible speaks of the earth as the stable, motionless, center of the cosmos. Therefore, it can only appear that the earth rotates on it axis, thus giving us day and night, or that the earth revolves around the sun, along with the other planets, on its yearly course. God created the solar system with “apparently heliocentricity.”
This is not to make light of Mohler’s view. It’s just to show that his way of approaching the issue generates lots of problems and that the difficulties go well beyond deciding whether the world really is or only just looks old.