For the past several decades, the question of the age of the Earth has been a very divisive one among Christians.
It is not the purpose of this paper to discuss theology, but this author firmly believes that a literal interpretation of Genesis allows for an Old-Earth view that is consistent with mainstream science.
I say this only to emphasize that this paper is not intended to oppose any Christian beliefs, or to tear down anyone's faith.
Rather, the purpose of this paper is to ensure that our Faith is based firmly on Truth, and not merely wishful thinking.
Through the ages, many people have denied certain facts of nature because those facts did not fit into the belief system that they desired to hold to.
Both Christians and atheists are commonly guilty of this error.