As you may know, there are a number of Christian interpretations of the origins of the universe, earth and life. I was once a young earth creationist but am now convinced of the old age of the earth and universe.
I get frustrated with many (but not all) young earth creationists but not because of their views of the science or the their interpretation of Genesis. There is room within Christianity for us to agree to disagree on some of these things.
My frustration concerns the attitude of young earth creationists, or at least those who get on the debates. Ken Ham is an example in a recent episode of the Unbelievable? podcast.
Instead of having a discussion about different interpretations of the Bible and science, for many young earth creationists it is about those who take the Bible seriously and those who don’t.
Ken Ham often gives off the impression that any disagreement with his interpretation is a rejection of Jesus. That’s dangerous thinking. You can find another example in Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design (Counterpoints: Bible and Theology).
I can appreciate that Ham is passionate about his beliefs but his posture really shuts down conversations and frankly turns many off. I’m sure that there are young earth creationists with a different style but they are drowned out by people like Ham.
I wish we could just discuss these issues respectfully and from a humble posture.