Why are some Christians Young Earth Creationists?

Young Earth Creationism is not just a belief, but proof of allegiance to a very special group, the Real Christians (or, I now fear, Real Jews or Real Muslims). Once a belief assumes this function, rational criticism is counter-effective.

(Of course you and I, dear reader, are not as others are, and would never allow our allegiances to shape our beliefs.)

Peddling and Scaling God and Darwin

It baffles many people whether Christian or not why some Christians are Young Earth Creationist, with a belief in a 10,000 year old earth and rejection of evolution. It cannot be denied that Young Earth Creationism has caused bad relationships among Christians, influenced education and results in much mockery from some. A major reason for the friction is that YEC’s claim explicitly or implicitly that the majority of Christians who accept modern science with the vast age of the earth and evolution are at best naughty or heretical Christians.

With YEC making inroads into churches (including the Church of England) and trying to call the shots over education in all parts of the world, it is best to know what they believe and why they do as they go against all scientific teaching and what most churches actually believe.


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About Paul Braterman

Science writer, former chemistry professor; committee member British Centre for Science Education; board member and science adviser Scottish Secular Society; former member editorial board, Origins of Life, and associate, NASA Astrobiology Insitute; first popsci book, From Stars to Stalagmites 2012

Posted on August 27, 2016, in Creationism, Evolution, Geology, Religion, Science and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Old Earth Creationism seems to have been the norm up until the 1960s, even among the Fundamentalists. For example, the Scofield Study Bible of 1917 supported the “gap theory”.


  2. So, why did YEC arise? When the exact dating of the Earth and life was being established on a sound basis. To be blunt about it, YEC and the rest are just inane, when before they were just mistaken. Almost everyone had made their peace with millions of years when the evidence was not so detailed and exact.


    • This could well be. We had George McReady Price and William Jennings Bryan following shortly after the establishment of radiometric dating, and The Genesis Flood on the heels of radiocarbon dating, which attracted a lot of attention because it fixed the archaeological timescale.


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