Part of our book chapter reprint series, this article by Bart J. Kowallis originally appeared in Science & Mormonism Series 1: Cosmos, Earth, and Man (2016).
Abstract: Geology professor Bart J. Kowallis takes readers to the realm of “deep time,” referring to that vast length of time it took for the earth and heavens to reach their current form and station. On the way, he discusses three myths about time and creation:
Myth 1. Scientific theories are just speculation; since they are not facts, I don’t need to believe or worry about them;
Myth 2. Official Church doctrine is that the earth is only a few thousand years old;Myth 3. The earth is old because it was made from pieces of older planets.
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