From: Walter Hicks (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Sep 13 2003 - 21:03:37 EDT
Sorry if I implied anything to the contrary.
The term YEC is used on this list almost always in a negative
fashion and implying that one believes it as a matter of Christian
Doctrine. Admittedly, some of the extreme supporters of Creation
Science do so. If one is attacking those people, I think that we
should be clear and call them "Creation Scientists" -- not YECs.
Maybe there are some YECs who believe that it is a matter of
Christian Doctrine but I cannot find any on the internet. I have
searched under "statement of faith" and have yet to come up with a
church which makes any statement about the age of the earth or a
critique of evolution in that category. Web pages perhaps -- but
never as a requirement to be a Christian.
I think that it is just the fringe loonies who take that extreme
"Dr. Blake Nelson" wrote:
> Sorry, apparently my statement below wasn't clear
> I do *not* equate the two.
> I cannot speak for others on the list, but I see the
> two as distinct. I was unaware that YEC, at least as
> you understand it and perhaps as others use it on the
> list, is used to cover individuals who do not fit into
> the categories that I indicated I use the acronym to
> refer to.
> I hope that makes it clear. In other words, I *never*
> intended to include the attitudes/beliefs of your
> daughter in my use of the term YEC (although I have
> not used the term very often).
> --- Walter Hicks <email@example.com> wrote:
> > It seems to me to be quite incorrect to equate so
> > called "Creation
> > Science" with the average person who happens to
> > believe that Young
> > Earth Creation is the truth. I believe that the
> > statistics show
> > that most Christians hold the YEC view. I know a
> > number of them
> > and none of them subscribe to that as a "Christian
> > Doctrine". If
> > they did they would not be in our church.
> > There is always the danger of people like Gish and
> > Morris sneaking
> > in with pseudo science that could fool an average
> > person. They are
> > the one's to attack..
> > Giving bad press to YECs in general does more harm
> > than good in my
> > opinion. It can easily turn then into an adversary
> > who looks to
> > "scientists" to prove you wrong. It can easily do
> > exactly the
> > opposite of what you intend.
> > My daughter is YEC and she is a wonderful Christian
> > Woman. I think
> > that the sample space on this list may be highly
> > skewed.
> > Walt
> > "Dr. Blake Nelson" wrote:.
> > >
> > > I would agree if when someone says YEC they mean
> > > anyone who thinks the universe was created 6,000
> > years
> > > ago but does not espouse that as a christian
> > doctrine.
> > > When I have used YEC, as noted above, I mean
> > > something other than someone who just happens to
> > > believe in recent creation. Sorry for the
> > confusion
> > > in my use of the term.
> > >
> > > The fact of the matter is, unless it taints one's
> > > understanding of Jesus (as I think it apparently
> > does
> > > for Gish), whether one believes in young or old
> > earth
> > > is immaterial to the working of the Holy Spirit in
> > > one's life.
> > >
> > > It is obviously the case due to the historical
> > fact
> > > that the kerygma is effective regardless of the
> > state
> > > of scientific understanding in a culture (contrary
> > to
> > > the apparent beliefs of some of our less informed
> > > recent and long-standing atheist visitors). The
> > > kerygma is not about the scientific state of
> > affairs,
> > > but the Gospel of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ.
> > Our
> > > response to it does not depend on our scientific
> > > understandings or lack thereof.
> > >
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-- =================================== Walt Hicks <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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