Genesis 1 clearly present a day in creation as a period of "an evening and a morning", not some unspecified "eon" or "era".
Six verses (1:5, 1:8, 1:13, 1:19, 1:23, 1:31) are presented like the first one ("first day", 1:5):
The Hebrew transliteration - yom - may well be unspecific period of time, but it isn't unspecific, when you take in context with the whole passage together:
Clearly in verse 5, the yom or day, has been divided into light and darkness, day and night, and whenever each creative day is mentioned, divided into a morning and an evening.
I find that a person who ignored the red part of the passage, and trying to equate a day to a thousand years, like using a passage from 2 Peter 3:8:
But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day.
Although, I view Genesis 1 to be an allegory and a myth, but it is very specific as to what day or yom means here, when it state that a day is "there was evening and there was morning". So a day is a literal both morning and evening together.
When I read 2 Peter 3, and I not just talking about verse 8, I see a lot of metaphors in those verses, that are never meant to be taken literally.
What I am getting at, is that where I see metaphor, a creationist would see as literal. And when I see literal, you see metaphor. And there lies one of the problems between us.
You and any creationist who think they can change the contexts of 6 passages of "morning-evening" day or yom into a millennium, million years or billion years, is twisting those passages out-of-context.
I find your interpretations to be a very dishonest one.
BilliardsBall, if someone is trying to sell me a new mobile phone, but if I can clearly see he is only holding an old shoe in his hand, then I will tell him to sod off.
(Of course, there is very remote possibility that the salesman is selling a shoe that is really a phone too, like one of Maxwell Smart's gadgets, I'd find it highly unlikely.)
My point in that little analogy is that I don't find you to be honest person, because you like to twist logic around. In fact, since I have been here, about ten years now, I find that many of the creationists share a common trait, a dishonesty to take anything out of context, whether it be from the scriptures or from science textbooks and articles.
With my humanistic side, I would like to give you a benefit of doubt, BilliardsBall, but my times spent here have made me more of a realist and a cynic; I can no longer any word from creationists at face value.
You really want me to respect your view then stop twisting words. And if you are going to make a claim, then if someone ask for it, provide sources or evidences from non-pseudoscience sources to back up your claim. Be honest, and not evade.
Personally, I would prefer a honest person who would admit he doesn't the answer, than someone who would try to evade, lie or flatter me.
Where did I equate a day to 1,000 years? God made all in six 24-hour, literal days IMHO. No equivocation here!