Dear Friends, Relatives, Colleagues, and Other Denizens of the Blogosphere:
I would like to request your participation in a data-gathering project about Christian perspectives on origins. First, in your response, self-identify with one of these three options:
A. I believe in a literal interpretation of the creation stories in Genesis. Thus, my understanding is that the earth is less than 10,000 years old and that all of the plant and animal species that we observe today were created fully formed, and this includes humans.
B. I accept what science has revealed regarding the age of the universe and of the earth, and that creation as we observe today took place over millions of years, and that all of the natural world including evolution is controlled by God.
C. I do not consider my understanding of origins as being either A or B.
If you have classified yourself as an A, please describe how you reconcile the creation stories in Genesis with the scientific data from multiple disciplines that do not indicate the appearance of all of life during the 6 days of Creation.
If you have classified yourself as a B, please describe how you reconcile the scientific data indicating an old earth and the gradual appearance of species with the Creation stories of Genesis.
If you have classified yourself as a C, please describe your position regarding origins.
You may be as brief or as detailed as you care to be. I choosing your ID in the comments section, you may respond anonymously, use a fictitious ID, or share your actual ID. I would ask that if you choose Anonymous, use some sort of signature at the end of your comments in order to differentiate among the anonymous responses. If you do not want to share your thoughts on this blog but would like to respond, you may send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, regardless of your classification, I would like to know if there are any significant issues that remain problematic for you, with either the scientific evidence or the biblical account.
Thanks so much, and hope to hear from you all.