Last night we went to the theater to see Is Genesis History? It was only showing last night, and in select cities. I'm sure you will be able to buy a copy of it in the future, which I would suggest you might like to do. It is an interview-type documentary, arguing for the "young earth" view of creation. It had many beautiful landscape panoramas, so I wasn't bored visually.
"Young earth" means that God created everything in the literal 6 days that Genesis states, which would put our earth at about 5,000-6,000 years old. "Old earth" refers to the idea that it happened over the expanse of billions of years, which some Christians hold to. I went into the theater with a leaning towards a young earth view, while being open to the old earth view. I am now definitely leaning more towards a solely young earth view. Here's my attempt at summarizing some of what made an impact on my thinking:
1) The first point made that I thought was good was that Genesis is not a book of poetry. It is obvious from the rest of the book that it is an historical account. So, to take the first few chapters and consider them anything less than literal would be an odd way to go about reading the book. That's just logical reading.
2) Darwin's theory of evolution rests solely on the belief of an old earth. In fact, Darwin didn't even come up with his theory until after reading another scholar's concept of an earth that is billions of years old. And that got Darwin to thinking. Atheists (and mainstream media) hold to evolution as fact now, and to dispute it is to become an idiot in the popular view. That is why you can't watch a nature show, or go to a zoo or museum, without them telling you evolution and Darwinism is fact. To our mainstream culture, it has become truth. It's good to remember that science that is unwilling to yield to new discoveries always has an agenda at its core. It's especially troubling with something like macro-evolution, that hasn't been scientifically proven.
3) This point is one I'll struggle to convey. We must step out of what we know right now about how the earth works. The documentary asks us to consider that the different epochs meant that decay, growth, etc. worked at different rates. There is the creation epoch, where God allowed things to work at a much quicker rate, although in the same process that it would now. Plants grew within seconds. Starlight made it to earth light-years ahead of what it would now. There are many other epochs to consider as well. but to judge the decaying process by our current view may not be the way to best understand how things happened in the past.
4) The flood of Noah's time had a lot to do with how our earth looks now. Things were really bad by the time the flood came. People had become exceedingly wicked, and we have reason to believe that creation had been effected terribly by the fall. Dinosaurs, for instance, had become much more terrible than they were ever meant to be. The rock layers that scientists claim have taken millions of years to form, actually could have happened in minutes with the flood and the following events. The film also mentions how global warming really shouldn't be that scary to us, but something that has been happening all along, since the flood. Watch the movie to understand more about all that. All I have to say is, it's pretty convincing.
All of the points I have made must be taken with the idea that micro-evolution is accepted with the documentary makers, just not macro-evolution. In other words, species have been given the amazing ability to adapt, but never to switch species. This is incredibly important, because to believe that humans are made in the image of God, as a completely distinctive race from any other species, will determine our view of sin, our Creator, and the very value of humanity above every other species.
*side note: Apparently, there will be an encore showing of the film on March 2. Take your family and friends!