As a relatively new addition to this list, I have been amazed at the type
of criticisms leveled against those that do not hold to evolution and to
those that hold to YEC. The venom, not science, that has been expressed is
quite telling. I've collected some of these and assembled them here with
my assessment of the trait attributed to anti-evolutionists and YEC's by
this list. (The first, however, is perhaps the most telling as it displays
the lack of awareness of the comments being made on this list.)
" I have *never* - encountered one single non-YEC Christian who has ever
considered this matter to be a salvation
issue, or who has considered that a Christian's perspective *on this
particular matter* to, in itself, has any bearing on a Christian's standing
with God. We must be honest and clear about who it is who typically uses
particular issues by which to judge the faith of other Christians."
I guess the author has not been following the discussion lately.
Another example: "...proud and foolish since they consider their
thoughts to be infallible..... I would venture to say
that those who are divisive [over YEC] are not Christians and are actually
the devil himself."
Idolaters: "A good observation of modern day idolitry."
Self Deceived/Destructive to the Christian Faith:
"When people who disagree with YEC are called "compromisers" it certainly
looks more like the language of
politics, in my opinion.... To the sensitive and reflective person, such
charges are very
troubling. Probably half the sins I've committed as a Christian
were due to some form of compromise that went too far. On the
other hand, another half again were due to self deception that
went way too far, and I still think those sins (of self deception)
have been the most destructive to the good name of the Christian
Childish/Heretics/Destroyers of Faith:
"Somewhere Martin Rudwick wrote that many criticiuse the Christian Faith
an understanding which stopped developing when they left sunday school at
or 11. A recent silly example is the Diocesan Children's work in Blackburn
which held a Noah's Ark day at Blackpool Zoo thus reinforcing heresy and
destroying kiddies' faith"
"Assuming the answersingenesis reported number is inflated by a factor of
Lovers of Money:
"Another purpose is that the ICR and AIG are money generating machines,
staffed by professional YECs. That in itself is an incentive to
popularize it. And who best to sell to, but a ready-made market of the
already primed for the picking."
"Before the immaculate conception of Henry Morris"
On the Road to Hell:
"For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there
are fiew who find it. Mt. 7:14"
Apparently, the ASA should remove "science" from the name, as this
discussion is anything but scientific.
Gregory P. Kerr, Ph.D.
Chair, Division of Science and Mathematics
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