Creationists often wonder how something as bizarre as the theory of evolution has been able to persist so long — especially when it clearly contradicts the bible. At last we have the answer at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom.
Their title is Why Don’t They Believe in Creation? It was written by one of ICR’s creation scientists, Brian Thomas, about whom we’re told: “Dr. Thomas is Research Associate at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his Ph.D. in paleobiochemistry from the University of Liverpool.”
Here’s how Brian answers the question in his title, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this].
After an ICR scientist presents convincing evidence for biblical creation, listeners often ask, “If all you just said is true, then why don’t most scientists believe it?”
That question occurs to every creationist. What’s wrong with those Darwinists? Brian has the answer. He says:
We may discuss Y chromosomes that contain only a few thousand years’ worth of mutations, as expected from Noah. [Hee hee!] We may talk about a sedimentary rock layer deposited by a mud pulse that blanketed a whole continent at once, as expected from Noah’s Flood. [A whole continent at once!] Hundreds of similar superb science examples support Scripture. How do nature-only scientists treat these observations? For the most part, they won’t even look at them.
Shocking! Then Brian tells us:
A human behavioral trend called the bandwagon effect might play a role in this avoidance. [The what?] The American Psychological Association’s online dictionary defines it as: “The tendency for people in social and sometimes political situations to align themselves with the majority opinion and do or believe things because many other people appear to be doing or believing the same.”
Are you suffering from the bandwagon effect, dear reader? Then pay close attention. Brian continues:
When we ask “why don’t they believe in creation?” we assume that secular scientists use more pure logic than people typically do. [Yeah, that’s the assumption.] Perhaps some robot mind would unerringly follow every data trend to its logical conclusion regardless of consequence, but not scientists. [Why not?] Humans may well refuse to see a conclusion that contradicts what everyone around them believes about origins. In other words, one reason why they don’t believe in creation is that if they did, they would have to admit that almost everyone they respect is wrong about nature making us without one miracle. They would have to jump off the world-size bandwagon that refuses the divine.
Ah yes, that explains it! (It also explains the persistence of creationism, but we’ll ignore that.) Let’s read on:
Naturalists who bail from their bandwagon face ostracism. [Gasp!] Do they have the emotional strength to stand against their peers? … Then there are spiritual implications. If a committed naturalist examines, say, the Y chromosome mutation rate or global sedimentary rock coverages that lead straight to Noah and his Flood, then where else does that lead? It would mean that the Bible has correct history and thus a correct assessment of personal sin. … Many who refuse to admit to sin likewise refuse to hear evidence that implies it.
That could be your problem, dear reader. Skipping a bible tale, we come to the end:
Even some naturalists overcome peer pressure and begin to track with truth. I was one of them! [Wonderful!] I needed to see lives of peace renewed in Christ, and I needed to see that the Bible aligns with reality. God was kind enough to oblige. [Yes!] We can cast seeds of truth with words of grace. The people we encounter might believe after all.
And you might believe, dear reader — if you have the courage to abandon your sinful Darwinist ways and get off the science bandwagon. That bandwagon only goes to one place, and you don’t want to spend eternity down there!
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