From: Dick Fischer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Sep 11 2003 - 16:51:56 EDT
Allen Roy wrote:
>We've been hearing how unethical it is for YEC to cast doubt on the
>christian spirituality of OECs and TEs. How about the other way around?
The question is whether YEC should be considered a legitimate form of
Christian apology or whether it better fits the criteria of a cult.
In my upcoming article for PSCF the biblical shortcomings are
stressed. The scientific shortcomings are painfully obvious.
Quoting from my article:
If evangelicals cannot get a simple matter right such as the age of the
earth, which can be established through an enormous amount of independent
scientific discoveries and methods, then how could evangelicals be trusted
on the doctrine of shed blood for the remission of sin, for example, where
the corroborative, extra-biblical evidence is sparse to say the least?
Therein is the crying shame. The unbeliever remains in unbelief because the
Bible is presented as unbelievable from the first chapter. This is the
tragic legacy of young-earth creationism: The non-Christian is handed what
can appear to be a valid reason to reject the good news of Jesus
Christ. And when the fallacies of young-earth creationism are finally
discovered, disillusioned Christians may relinquish their faith.
Essentially, YECs do violence to the clear intentions of Scripture. Their
insistence on a disharmonious interpretation of Genesis with its bizarre
theological and scientific consequences is damaging not only to
intellectual and scientific integrity, but even to the Christian faith they
claim to be defending.
Dick Fischer - Genesis Proclaimed Association
Finding Harmony in Bible, Science, and History
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