Does good exegesis require training in geology?

The same geologist [Wayne U. Ault] goes on to say: “It is very significant that Christian geologists have not praised The Genesis Flood as have other Christians.” But what does that imply? That only Christian geologists possess the key of knowledge by which every Biblical truth must be judged?

Should every large church and every Christian institution of higher learning have a geologist on its staff in order to expedite the all-important task of expounding those many portions of Scripture that deal with origins and pre-Abrahamic history? In addition to the illuminating work of the Holy Spirit (1 John 2:27), persistent prayer (Psalm 119:18), and interpretive skill that come through a patient comparison of Scripture with Scripture (Acts 17:11, 1 Corinthians 2:12-16, 2 Timothy 2:15), must all true Bible students add one additional qualification, namely official approval from professional geologists for all interpretations that touch on pre-Abrahamic history?

Few Christian geologists seem to have though through the full implications of such a development. We would, first of all, need to provide for all Christians a new “amplified version” of some of the most familiar statements of our Lord, so that they might read as follows:

Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God, nor the general consensus of mid-twentieth century geological opinion concerning earth history (Matthew 22:29 “amplified”)

Quote source

Whitcomb, J.C. (1973). The World that Perished. Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, pp. 106-107


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