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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.  

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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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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, Up For Debate invites two guests onto the one-hour program to defend opposing views. 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, we 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.”