We actually have some good news from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the creationist Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He runs the online creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG), and he also created the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
At ol’ Hambo’s personal blog we read No Wonder Two Thirds of Young People Are Leaving the Church. The “church” he’s talking about is his sect. We know, because Hambo complained about this almost two years ago; that’s when we wrote Does Creationism Have a Future? Back then, Hambo said:
[S]tatistics that show two-thirds of young people in evangelical churches will leave when they move into their 20s.
Many of those churches teach that Genesis is literally, word-for-word true — that is, they’re creationists. That’s the customer base for ol’ Hambo’s creationist “museum,” so he has good reason to worry. The situation apparently isn’t getting any better, because today he’s wailing about the same thing. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
In 2009, the book Britt Beemer from America’s Research Group and I co-authored) Already Gone, was published. This book detailed results of nationwide research into why two thirds of young people will leave the church by the time they reach college age.
That means ol’ Hambo can expect a serious drop in ticket and trinket sales. This is serious! Let’s read on:
It was found that the teaching of evolution and millions of years had a lot to do with creating doubt in their trust in Scripture.
Aha! There’s the problem. Oh wait — maybe the real problem is running a church that insists on denying reality. No, it can’t be that. Hambo continues:
The research also showed that those young people (the two thirds group) who went to Sunday school were — surprisingly — more likely to have heard a Christian leader (pastor, Sunday school teacher, and so on) tell them they could believe in evolution and millions of years.
How horrible! Here’s more:
The research also showed that churches and Christian homes were by and large not teaching children and young people how to defend the Christian faith. … Most were being given the supposed evidence and reasons that evolution and millions of years are true (evidence there supposedly never was a global Noah’s Flood and evidence against the Bible being true).
No Flood? Something must be done about this!
Hambo then goes on and on about preachers who are doing it all wrong — according to him. We’ll spare you that, but you can read it for yourself if you like. His essay ends with this final lament:
Sadly, this sort of compromise is rife in our church; it reflects the state of the church and the state of so many Christian colleges as well.
Why — oh why! — don’t they all listen to Hambo? He alone knows the truth! And if things keep going on like this, no one will buy tickets for Hambo’s museum. Is there any hope? Well, there’s some. At the end there are helpful links where you can buy a couple of Hambo’s books. Go ahead, help the guy out. He’s desperate!
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