Moderator: All right, Hugh, what’s your position [on interpreting the days of Genesis]?
Ross: I believe that the plain, literal reading of the text is that it’s six long periods of time.…
Sarfati: As I’ve said before, this is a very non-literal meaning of the word ‘literal’.
My two cents
I agree with Sarfati. I sometimes wonder if the word ‘month’ was used instead of ‘day’ in the first few chapters of Genesis, what sort of linguistic gymnastics that old-earth creationists would use then. I’ve been watching some DVDs recently on how old-earth creationism came onto the scene, and they show how bit by bit, how faith in the word was eroded—and replaced with deference to philosophical naturalism instead. I hope that old-earth creationism is a minority view, but I don’t know if anyone has kept figures on it.
Sarfati, J. (2000). Ross–Hovind Debate, John Ankerberg Show, October 2000. Available: http://creation.com/rosshovind-debate-john-ankerberg-show-october-2000-analysis-by-jonathan-sarfati. Last accessed 17th Jan 2012.