This Is Your Brain on Creationism

That picture is the thrilling — some might say chilling — climax found at the end of an article at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. The article is titled Where Did the Idea of “Millions of Years” Come From?

The article begins with a summary — written by creationists of course — of the history of the science of geology. We’ll spare you most of that, but they acknowledge that by he time of Charles Lyell, a geologist and friend of Charles Darwin, it had been long accepted in scientific circles that the earth was old and there was no evidence for a global flood.

We’ll jump in at that point. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

By the end of the 19th century, the age of the earth was considered by all geologists to be in the hundreds of millions of years. Radiometric dating methods began to be developed in 1903, and over the course of the 20th century that age of the earth expanded to 4.5 billion years.

Okay, now what? Then they describe the different ways that Christians responded to this developing science, saying:

In spite of the efforts of the scriptural geologists [who insisted on believing in a roughly 6,000-year-old earth and that fossil-bearing rock strata were deposited by Noah’s flood], these various old-earth reinterpretations of Genesis prevailed, so that by 1845 all the commentaries on Genesis had abandoned the biblical chronology and the global flood; and by the time of Darwin’s Origin of Species (1859), the young-earth view had essentially disappeared within the Church. From that time onward, most Christian leaders and scholars of the Church accepted the millions of years and insisted that the age of the earth was not important

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As a result, most seminaries and Christian colleges around the world are compromised.

Compromised! What then? Then we get the contemporary creationist types — like AIG — who are throwbacks to the days of the scriptural geologists. We won’t attempt to discuss their position. What follows are some excerpts grabbed from the rest of their long essay. These appear sequentially, but we’ve left large gaps, so you’ll have to click over to AIG and read the entire essay if you want to appreciate these excerpts in context. Here we go:

The sad irony of all this compromise is that in the last half century, the truth of Genesis 1–11 has been increasingly vindicated, often unintentionally, by the work of evolutionists.

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These “neocatastrophist” reinterpretations of the rocks have developed contemporaneously with a resurgence of “Flood geology,” a view of earth history very similar to that of the 19th-century scriptural geologists and a key ingredient of young-earth creationism, which was essentially launched into the world by the publication of The Genesis Flood (1961) by Drs. John Whitcomb and Henry Morris. This movement is now worldwide in scope, and the scientific sophistication of the scientific model is rapidly increasing with time.

Many Christians today are arguing that we need to contend against Darwinism with “intelligent design” arguments and leave Genesis out of the public discussion. But this strategy was tried in the early 19th century … and did nothing to retard the slide in the culture toward atheism and deism. In fact, by compromising on the age of the earth and ignoring Scripture in their defense of Christianity, they actually contributed to the weakening of the Church. The same is happening today.

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The scriptural geologists of the early 19th century opposed old-earth geological theories not only because the theories reflected erroneous scientific reasoning and were contrary to Scripture, but also because they believed that Christian compromise with such theories would eventually have a catastrophic effect on the health of the Church and her witness to a lost world.

Okay, they reject Intelligent Design as bad theology and they insist on that old-time creationism. Now here comes the final part of the article that introduces the grotesque drawing at the top of this post:

If the scriptural geologists were alive today and saw the castle diagram shown below, they would say, “That picture’s exactly what we were concerned about!” The history of the once-Christian nations in Europe and North America has confirmed the scriptural geologists’ worst fears about the Church and society.

It is time for the Church, especially her leaders and scholars, to stop ignoring the age of the earth and the scientific evidence that increasingly vindicates the Word of God. Christians must repent of their compromise with millions of years and once again believe and preach the literal truth of Genesis 1–11. It is time to take our culture back.

The question, dear reader, is this: Will we let the creationists take the Enlightenment from us?

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11 responses to “This Is Your Brain on Creationism

  1. I’m guessing Castle Creation has some gunners who are not True Christians™. I wonder which balloon they popped? And I like how Castle Evolution is full of folks who resemble pirates. Arr, mateys!

  2. James F says: “Arr, mateys!”

    It’s always useful to understand what goes on in the minds of creationists. That’s a fairly honest presentation.

  3. I think its a great graphic. Notice how the folks with science on their side are accurately aiming their cannons (newtonian mechanics!), while the fundies’ cannons point every which direction. The fundies are ironically demonstrating the value of secular science. 🙂

  4. Great. One long set-up for “Truth can only be what makes us feel good.” It is a scary place they want to lead us to where TRVTH isn’t defended with facts or logic, but by opposition to it…

  5. Creationists often insist that “the end is near.” There are many a mess in this world, I can see how one may insist so. IMO there are many solutions offered by enlightened application of scientific findings. Yet Creationists would deny many such findings, and thus their application. It is ironic that the Creationists seek ways to invoke that end; thus we may have some insight as to why Creationists so often deny science.

  6. eric says:

    Notice how the folks with science on their side are accurately aiming their cannons …

    Yes. Quite surprising, considering all the porn and sodomy that’s rampant in their ranks.

  7. Benjamin Franklin

    James F asks;

    “I wonder which balloon they popped?”

    Why, obviously science. To the creationist mind, science has been defeated by Ham and Morris.

    A few other notes about the diagram.

    The artist obviously felt that Castle Christian could defeat Castle Humanism in that they show a 66% greater firepower, to say nothing of a militarily crucial ‘high ground’ advantage.

    As I try to be more of a forward thinking individual, I wonder what are the new balloons they are dedicating 40% of their visible manpower to inflate?

    Could it be… shellfish? The horror!

  8. One of the most ominous balloons is “homosexual behavior.” So, they want to eliminate homosexual behavior…how? Nefarious “ex-gay” therapy, or hunt ’em down Uganda style? Also, massive eyeroll at racism being a balloon over the humanist banner.

  9. James F says:

    One of the most ominous balloons is “homosexual behavior.”

    It’s a well-established finding of creation science that there was no such thing before Darwin.

  10. Michael Fugate

    Nor was there any racism. John Morris wrote a piece in “Acts and Facts” on that topic.

  11. retiredsciguy

    There are balloons missing over the christian castle — “clerical pedophilia”, “inquisition”, and “Galileo’s trial”, for example.