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November 11, 2017

Should Christians Embrace a Young- or Old-Earth Model of Creation?

​​Is the earth billions of years old, or only several thousand?  Christians are sharply divided on the issue.  And this Saturday on Up for Debate, Julie Roys will explore the issue with Thomas Purifoy, the director of a new film that advances the young-earth view. Challenging his perspective will be Hugh Ross, founder of Reasons to Believe and proponent of an old-earth view.  



Dr. Hugh Ross
Dr. Hugh Ross

Dr. Hugh Ross

Dr. Hugh Ross is president and founder of Reasons to Believe (RTB). Dr. Ross is also an astronomer and best-selling author who travels the globe speaking on the compatibility of advancing scientific discoveries with the timeless truths of Christianity. At RTB, Dr. Ross leads a team of scholars who keep tabs on the frontiers of research with the goal of demonstrating that sound reason and scientific findings-including the very latest discoveries-consistently support rather than erode, confidence in the biblical God. He shares this message through numerous books-including Navigating Genesis , Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job , and Why the Universe Is the Way It Is . With a degree in physics from the University of British Columbia and a National Research Council of Canada fellowship, Dr. Ross earned a PhD in astronomy from the University of Toronto. In 2012, Dr. Ross, together with Dr. Gerald Schroeder, received the Ide P. Trotter Prize presented by Texas A&M University in recognition of his work in demonstrating connections between science and religion. 
Thomas Purifoy, Jr.
Thomas Purifoy, Jr.

Thomas Purifoy, Jr.

Thomas Purifoy, Jr. is a director, screenwriter and producer of several films.  He's also the co-founder of Compass Cinema.  Thomas's daughter asked him a few questions about creation.  His search for the answers led him to write and direct the film, "Is Genesis History?" Thomas was the director and teacher at the American School of Lyon, France, where he taught Philosophy, Old Testament, Film and History.  He was an officer in the Navy.  Thomas has a B.A. in English from Vanderbilt University.

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Julie Roys

Julie Roys has become a trusted voice on the Moody Radio Network, earning an audience through her reasoned and biblical discernment of difficult cultural issues.  Since 2012, Julie has been hosting Up For Debate , a show that initially launched on WMBI in Chicago, but now airs on about 150 stations nationwide.  Julie also is a sought-after speaker and blogger and has written articles for WORLD Magazine, Christian Post, Boundless, Good News Magazine, and the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Family Channel. Julie came to Moody Radio in 2007, after taking a 13-year hiatus from broadcasting to raise her children and serve in youth ministry. Prior to that, Julie worked as a TV news reporter for a CBS affiliate in Indiana and as a newswriter for WGN-TV and Fox News in Chicago.  She holds a bachelor's degree in history from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, and a master's degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Julie and her husband, Neal, live in the Chicago suburbs and have three children.

Up for Debate

Many issues are not debatable within orthodox Christianity—the virgin birth, the veracity of the Scripture, the bodily resurrection of Christ. However, some issues are. For example: Can a Christian join the military and support a war? Should Christians advocate for environmental causes? Is it okay to use in-vitro fertilization? Up For Debate seeks to equip believers to discern these debatable matters by engaging biblically with people holding diverse opinions. Each week, host Julie Roys invites two guests onto the one-hour program to defend opposing views. She also encourages listeners to call in and add their comments and questions. The views expressed on Up For Debate do not always represent those of Moody Bible Institute. However, Moody wholeheartedly affirms the means the show uses to evaluate these views. Like the Bereans mentioned in Acts, Julie and her guests examine the Scriptures, seeking which positions most closely align with God’s Word. By doing so, Up For Debate develops in listeners what British essayist Samuel Johnson termed “expert discernment”—the ability “to tell the good from the bad” and “the genuine from the counterfeit.”