Does he describe how grass and fruit trees were able to survive before there was a sun (Gen 1:12-16)?
Can you explain how a rock came to life?
Genesis 1:1 IN the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. The sun is in the heaven(s) and this declaration pre-dates the verses you noted. Verse two of Genesis 1 says that And the earth was (word should actually be *became*) without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. (Deep what)
Something happened that cause this earth to become without form, and void, words that mean *waste*. This earth does exhibit the evidence that at some point in time there was cataclysmic destruction on this earth. Discovery channel has shows on all the time about super volcanoes, and there is evidence of meteorites hitting the earth. Something cataclysmic cause the death and destruction of the dinos all those millions of years ago.
Given what the evidence demonstrates I consider what Genesis 1:3-23 is describing would more accurately be an environmental clean-up given what verse 2 has to say.
Peter says IIPeter 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of OLD, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Verse 6 Whereby the world that then *WAS*, being overflowed with water, perished:
IIPeter 2:7 But the heavens and earth which are *NOW*, by the same word are kept in store,.....
So even Peter knew around 2,000 years ago that this earth was very very very OLD.
Since Behe completely disagrees with the young-earth creationists who worship him, this isn’t a problem for him. Behe thinks that the universe is ancient and that all organisms on earth descended from one initial organism. He is essentially a theistic evolutionist who holds the additonal requirement of constant mini-miracles on God’s part to keep things going. The young earth creationists ignore these minor details because they don’t have a lot of options.