Right now the Baptist Theology & Bible Study section includes some quite lively discussions about creation. I'm Mennonite Brethren and not Baptist, so although I've been following some of those threads with interest, I haven't posted. However, I've been a bit disappointed that when the question of a biblical basis for the theistic evolution (TE) position comes up, there's little but silence. Some people, including me, actually came to the TE position based on the biblical evidence and not the scientific evidence. (Earlier I had embraced a version of the gap theory based on scientific evidence for an old earth, but my later acceptance of TE was based on studying Genesis 1-2.) So, I'd like this thread to be strictly about the biblical issues with the various creation positions. Elsewhere, this question was asked about Genesis 1: While I wouldn't call the Genesis 1 account an allegory, I do think its framework of days is not intended to be historical. My main reason for this is because it doesn't line up with the order in Genesis 2:4ff and the author/compiler of Genesis seems to have had no problem with that and made no effort to tie the two together. Another reason comes from outside Genesis. The creation week, and particularly the seventh day, is treated as more than a collection of 24-hour days elsewhere in the Bible. Hebrews 3:7-4:13 discusses God's rest after creation. Here's a portion of it: In verses 4-5, the author goes directly from quoting Genesis 2:2 to quoting Psalm 95:11 which talks about God's rest. The implication is that God's rest after creation is the same rest we can enter (if we don't fall short of it). Also, note the last part of verse 3 which I bolded above: God's work has been finished since the creation of the world. In other words, even if one believes the world is only 6,000 years old, that means God's rest has been going on for 6,000 years now! When Exodus 20:11 explains the Sabbath command by saying "For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day", we know from this passage in Hebrews 4 that "he rested on the seventh day" refers to a rest of at least 6,000 years (and in my view, a much longer time). The symbol of God's rest is a day (the Sabbath) but the reality is much more. In another sense the reality is also less, since God does not rest by ceasing all activity. Both the idea of God physically resting and the duration of his rest are symbolic ways to get across a deeper truth. Perhaps my way of reading Genesis 1 and Exodus 20:11 would be made more clear by explaining how I read another verse: In both verses, an ordinance is being instituted (the Sabbath and the Lord's Supper). In the first, creation is equated with six days and God's rest with the seventh day. In the second, bread is equated with Jesus' body which was given for us. I do not believe the bread really is Jesus' body. I think it's symbolic. Similarly, I do not believe creation really happened in six literal days; I believe the days are symbolic. In order for us to have a way of remembering what Jesus did for us, he gave us an observance whereby we can remember his sacrifice every time we partake of a piece of bread and a cup of wine in fellowship with believers. The symbolism is detailed more fully in John 6:25-66, although not in a way that makes the symbolism obvious. In order for us to have a way of remembering creation, God gave the Israelites an observance whereby they could remember God's act of creation and God's rest through a week of six days' work and a Sabbath rest. The symbolism is detailed more fully in Genesis 1:1-2:3, although not in a way that makes the symbolism obvious. Now, obviously many Christians will disagree with this -- either with taking the bread symbolically or with taking the days symbolically. I certainly don't want to derail this thread into a discussion of transubstantiation or consubstantiation. But, if you accept this interpretation of either the bread or the days, this comparison may help to show how some people can accept both.