Re: My Daughter is a YEC

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Date: Thu May 23 2002 - 16:19:22 EDT

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    >Now when I read some of the ASA statements, there is nothing to rule
    >out YEC as something acceptable to ASA. Yet the posts I see indicate
    >a totally different story.<

    For me, the distinction is in the general practice of YEC versus an
    absolute statement ruling it out. The scientific evidence supports
    an old earth and extensive biological evolution. Most popular YEC
    deals with this problem through denial, false claims, and similarly
    unacceptable ways. However, if someone recognizes this, yet holds a
    YEC view in spite of this (e.g., by considering scientific evidence
    unimportant or by hoping that new discoveries will overturn the work
    of the past few centuries), they are not making false claims about
    science. For example, someone on the list a few years ago suggested
    that the universe was created a few thousand years ago, but with the
    full appearance of a 15 billion year history of natural processes in
    order to better enable us to understand natural processes. This view
    is internally consistent and compatible with all available scientific
    evidence. To me, it seems unnecessarily complex; presumably he found
    an old-earth interpretation !
    of Genesis 1 unnecessarily complex.

    Thus, I would distinguish between YEC and the current mainstream of
    creation science. Most YEC are influenced by it, but that does not
    rule out the existence of someone who will accept the possible
    validity of other views and is open to correction.

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