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The Westminster View of Creation Days

The Westminster Divines and the long stretch of church history prior to the 19th century did have a view on the length of creation days. This historical fact is often obscured by either biased presuppositions or a research vacuum. Despite the prevalent claim from some quarters (actually relatively recent, primarily since the 1800s) that the confessional words "in the space of six days" really could mean up to 16 bi11ion years, when primary writings by the divines are consulted, it becomes very difficult to maintain that the divines were more chic than heretofore imagined.