I have decided no longer to put up quietly with the teachings of Genesis 1 and young-earth creationists. How dare they demean God and make him out to be only very powerful rather than omnipotent? Why can they not accept that teaching creation in six days detracts from God’s glory, when God, being omnipotent, could have created in an instant?
Hopefully most readers will have realized that the above is parody. In fact, it is precisely the line of argument that some supporters of Genesis (as they understand it) and young-earth creationism offer about mainstream science. A process involving billions of years and millions of generations is considered to diminish God’s glory, from their perspective.
Surely the relevant question is not whether God could create in a certain period of time, but what the evidence is for the actual time that the universe has existed, and the earth, and life, and human beings.
As for the alleged Biblical literalists, if a shorter time frame glorifies God more, then why do you insist on treating the six days of Genesis 1 as literal, and the single day of creation in Genesis 2:4 as metaphorical?
I’ll stick by half of my title. Young-earth creationists do indeed demean God, by making God to seem as petty and as willing to deceive as they are.