I am not a Young Earth Creationist (YEC); a YEC is a Christian who believes the Genesis creation narrative demands that each creation day denotes a literal 24 hour period. In short, the YEC believes that the Earth is just 6000 years old and that dinosaurs lived with man – this is the view of YEC organizations such as Answers in Genesis, for example.
This view I have seldom dealt with at this blog for the simple reason that I don’t take it seriously, at least much in the same way that I don’t take atheist Jesus mythicists seriously anymore either. Like I have with Jesus mythicists, I have my reasons for my view; I could outlay multiple reasons why I don’t agree with the YEC from the Bible itself, history, science, and theology. However, I found Christian philosopher Randal Rauser’s view quite similar to my own. Rauser explains (1):
“I believe that young earth creationism is based on a faulty literalist hermeneutic (interpret literally where possible) which fails to recognize the proper genre of the two Genesis creation narratives.”
Yet, the YEC believes that he has solid evidence to support his view on the age of the Earth. But one needs to put this into perspective. The only people on this rock who believe that there Earth is a mere few thousand years old are Christians with their way of reading scripture (ignore the other dozen interpretations); to everyone else (many Christians included) such is absurd. Even, according to cosmologist Hugh Ross, “Many conservative Christian theologians and biblical scholars have attested to this statement,” namely that a YE reading of scripture is sorely mistaken (2). As Rauser continues:
“No doubt you believe that you have some evidence that supports young earth creationism. But every field of study has minority opinions on the periphery and those minority opinions have at least some considerations in favor of their position. A 9/11 conspiracy theorist or climate change denier can certainly proffer some evidence in favor of her position, and the non-specialist will likely not have a rebuttal for specific points. However, that is hardly adequate for the non-specialist to take the minority position seriously.”
Such a minority position it is that Christian writer Pastor Matt believes the YE creationist matches fundamentalism to a tee, even though atheism still takes the cake: “I have my problems with fundamentalist Christians like those who, in the face of all the evidence, insist that the King James Bible is the only true translation or that instruments aren’t allowed in worship or that only a young earth interpretation is biblical but atheist fundamentalists take the cake” (3). I could hardly disagree. Rauser finishes off for us:
“As a result, I place young earth creationism in the same category as 9/11 conspiracy theories and climate change denial, namely as a minority opinion that I do not consider a plausible understanding of origins.”
1. Rauser, R. 2015. Why I don’t take young earth creationism seriously (even though I do take young earth creationists seriously). Available.
2. Nazworth, N. 2015. Must Faithful Christians Believe in a Young Earth? A CP Interview With Christian Astronomer Hugh Ross. Available.
3. Pastor Matt. 2013. Atheist Fundamentalism.