I know it’s thoroughly unfashionable but I believe in God. If you like …
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen
What’s that you say “Creator of heaven and earth?” Am I perhaps a creationist or a believer in Intelligent Design? Do I believe in James Ussher’s chronology? Well actually no, well not quite the way you mean them.
At this point someone will normally state quite blithely that this being the case I cannot really believe what is in the Creed. They’d be wrong.
I am a creationist in the sense that I believe God created the Universe and set in place the mechanism that led ultimately to the creation of universe and galaxies and stars and planets and ourselves and monkeys and trees and apples and bananas and pears and so on. I don’t believe he sat and patiently tweaked every living thing along the way (he’s the omnipotent super being he didn’t really need to). I do understand how the human eye evolved, so yes I can equate the mechanism of evolution with His creation.
Ussher’s Chronology is a nice idea and was an idea of its time along with a number of other chronologies that were published around the same time. It’s not accepted by the Catholic Church as a ‘fact’, not least because Ussher wasn’t a Catholic he was an Irish Protestant Bishop. It’s an idea that gets a lot of publicity. Some do, like atheism.
The Bible isn’t a science textbook, it’s an attempt to convey understanding of often complex principles to ordinary people. Man can’t really hope to fully understand God, but he can hope to try to understand Him and the Bible helps man come to that understanding.
Many of today’s vociferous atheists seem to think that by denigrating the beliefs of many people they can disprove the existence of God and get one over on many honest and well meaning people. I don’t see the appeal.