Is biblical creationism vital for Christianity's survival?

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Is biblical creationism vital for Christianity's survival?

Postby a_haworthroberts » Sat Jan 04, 2014 2:46 am

Surely NOT.

For if the answer is 'yes it is vital because Genesis chapters 1-11 must be defended against science' then:
- the Bible cannot stand on its own; and
- it must be supplemented and the only effective supplement is lies.
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Is biblical creationism vital for Christianity's survival?

Postby a_haworthroberts » Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:03 pm

And it can harm the reputation of Christianity, especially among people who are not yet Christians:

- YECs churn out 'answers' but on close examination their answers make no sense scientifically or no sense logically and are normally fairly easily debunked;
- many answers provided by YECs are not actually contained within the Bible, but either add to the Bible or make it say something that it does not obviously say - because the real aim is to 'refute' a multitude of different claims by scientists and others that demonstrate, among other things, that the Bible cannot be reliable when taken as 'true' and 'infallible' history of the universe and life on Earth;
- in essence YECs reject reality - in favour of a 'biblical reality' where what can or cannot be true is determined by 2,000 + year old 'inspired' dogma;
- if you show a YEC a consilience of material and/or measurable scientific evidence that convincingly points to an 'unbiblical' scenario they will never acknowledge publicly that the arguments have any possible merit and will carry on as though they never even read them (or understood them), and indeed though sometimes polite they will show a total intolerance of the arguments of their critics - possibly because, as they understand the Bible, all such 'human' arguments ultimately are inspired by Satan NOT God and must be demonised and if possible eradicated.

It is rare for a YEC encountered and debated online to behave differently to the above, though I can recall encountering one named Jon Hughes where this (former) YEC - who had not studied science - rejected YEC-ism but remains a Christian. Of three other people who I can think of and who are bloggers - Todd Wood, James McGrath and Bruce Gerencser - one is fairly honest that evolution theory is not on the verge of collapse, one is still a Christian but a fierce critic of YECs, and one has moved from preacher to atheist.

Following ongoing discussions, around three years ago Hughes altered, by adding a postscript, his earlier very positive review at Amazon.com of 'The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on Evolution'. (Unfortunately he later deleted the review entirely as I'm reminded having just tried to find it.)
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Re: Is biblical creationism vital for Christianity's surviva

Postby a_haworthroberts » Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:31 pm

Along with two others, I've dived into discussion under this (just highlighted a couple of other blog posts that this YEC blogger will probably dislike):

http://gracesalt.wordpress.com/2014/01/ ... -of-earth/
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