Young Earth Creationism is a cult full of fools and liars
Young Earth Creationism is a cult full of fools and liars. This cult teaches and preaches an Earth of around 6,000 years old, dinosaurs coexisting with humans, and a global flood around 4,400 years ago. What this cult does is turn people away from Christianity because of all its nonsense.
Seventh-Day Adventist roots of the modern Young Earth Creationist cult movement
Henry Morris, founder of the modern Young Earth Creationist cult movement and founder of the Institute for Creation Reasearch, got his science, particularly flood geology, from Seventh-Day Adventist George McCready Price. Price got his flood geology from his fellow Seventh-Day Adventist Ellen G. White. She got hers from visions.
How credible is Ellen G. White? This is what she said about female masturbation in her work A Solemn Appeal:
"Females possess less vital force than the other sex, and are deprived very much of the bracing, invigorating air, by their in-door life. The result of self-abuse in them is seen in various diseases, such as catarrh, dropsy, headache, loss of memory and sight, great weakness in the back and loins, affections of the spine, and frequently, inward decay of the head. Cancerous humor, which would lie dormant in the system their lifetime, is inflamed, and commences its eating, destructive work. The mind is often utterly ruined, and insanity supervenes.”
From the article at Wikipedia on Flood Geology:
‘Ellen G. White's visions were the spur for several books by one of her followers, George McCready Price, leading to the 20th century revival of Flood geology. In 1942, Henry M. Morris was persuaded by Irwin A. Moon's Sermons from Science of the importance of harmonising science and the Bible, and was introduced to the concepts of a vapor canopy causing the Flood, and its geological effects. About a year later he found George McCready Price's New Geology a "life-changing experience", and joined the Deluge Geology Society. His book That You Might Believe for college students included Price's flood geology, and was published in 1946.’
Morris wrote many subsequent books including The Genesis Flood. What is real funny is that many Young Earth Creationists do not even know of the Seventh-Day Adventist connection. Those that do are in denial on the matter, as they are on science.
The Earth is not around 6,000 years old.
I don’t so much take great issue with Young Earth Creationists saying the Bible indicates that the Earth is around 6,000 years old. They base that mostly on the chronology of Bishop James Ussher. That chronology was in the King James Bible for a couple hundred years. For example, the date 4004 BC was printed in the margin right next to the verses in Genesis. Those dates were removed from the King James Bible due to lack of credibility. Now, I believe that the Young Earth Creationist interpretation of the Bible is wrong, but they have a whole lot of other interpretations that are wrong, like they are all going to be raptured away like in the Left Behind books, leaving us who don’t believe Young Earth Creationism here to deal with the Antichrist.
What I really take issue with is when the Young Earth Creationists say that science “proves” their 6,000-year-old Earth, dinosaurs coexisting with humans, and a global flood around 4,400 years ago. There is absolutely nothing published in any reputable scientific journal to support such conclusions. These Young Earth Creationists get their pseudoscience from websites like Institute for Creation Research (the organization Henry Morris founded), Answers in Genesis (Ken Ham’s website), and Creation Ministries International. They get their pseudoscience from Ken Ham’s Creation Museum in Kentucky and Dr. Dino’s (Kent Hovind) Dinosaur Adventure Land in Florida (before the government closed it down and put him in prison) instead of getting their science from real museums like the Smithsonian and the Carnegie.
From a “How Old is the Earth?” article:
“By dating the rocks in the ever-changing crust, as well as neighbors such as the moon and visiting meteorites, scientists have calculated that Earth is 4.54 billion years old, with an error range of 50 million years.”
Young Earth Creationists will tell you that dating methods are flawed to the extent that they are totally unreliable. That is not true. Reputable scientific sources will tell you that dating methods, although not perfect, are reasonably accurate such that the age of the Earth of around 4.54 billion years old is considered to be a fact.
Dinosaurs did not coexist with humans
Dinosaurs became extinct around 65 million years ago, long before any humans existed. Young Earth Creationists will tell you all sorts of nonsense about dinosaurs. Like fossil footprints have been discovered that contain both dinosaur and human footprints, which proves that they coexisted. This is not true. No such fossil footprints exist. The latest Young Earth Creationist rage is claiming that soft tissue found in dinosaur fossils proves that such fossils are thousands rather than millions of years old. Again, not true. There is no evidence in any reputable peer-reviewed scientific journals that this is true.
Young Earth Creationists will tell you that ancient drawings of creatures that look something like dinosaurs prove that the humans who drew them had seen dinosaurs. Ridiculous. Artistic expression takes liberties such that the subject does not have to be real. I do, however, believe in mermaids because I’ve seen ancient drawings and paintings of mermaids. (Cough)
There is no credible scientific evidence that there was a global flood around 4,400 years ago. There may have been a flood local to the Mesopotamia region, but not a massive global flood that caused most of the geological record we know today.
This article entitled “Problems with a Global Flood" by Mark Isaak discusses many of the issues:
Here are just a few of the issues mentioned:
“6. Implications of a Flood
A global flood would have produced evidence contrary to the evidence we see.
How do you explain the relative ages of mountains? For example, why weren't the Sierra Nevadas eroded as much as the Appalachians during the Flood?
Why is there no evidence of a flood in ice core series? Ice cores from Greenland have been dated back more than 40,000 years by counting annual layers. [Johnsen et al, 1992,; Alley et al, 1993] A worldwide flood would be expected to leave a layer of sediments, noticeable changes in salinity and oxygen isotope ratios, fractures from buoyancy and thermal stresses, a hiatus in trapped air bubbles, and probably other evidence. Why doesn't such evidence show up?
How are the polar ice caps even possible? Such a mass of water as the Flood would have provided sufficient buoyancy to float the polar caps off their beds and break them up. They wouldn't regrow quickly. In fact, the Greenland ice cap would not regrow under modern (last 10 ky) climatic conditions.
Why did the Flood not leave traces on the sea floors? A year long flood should be recognizable in sea bottom cores by (1) an uncharacteristic amount of terrestrial detritus, (2) different grain size distributions in the sediment, (3) a shift in oxygen isotope ratios (rain has a different isotopic composition from seawater), (4) a massive extinction, and (n) other characters. Why do none of these show up?
Why is there no evidence of a flood in tree ring dating? Tree ring records go back more than 10,000 years, with no evidence of a catastrophe during that time. [Becker & Kromer, 1993; Becker et al, 1991; Stuiver et al, 1986]”
As I have clearly demonstrated, Young Earth Creationism is a cult full of fools and liars. The most prominent spokesperson of this cult is Dr. Dino (Kent Hovind). Dr. Dino is currently incarcerated in a federal prison as a result of being convicted of numerous fraud-related felonies. Ken Ham (he debated Bill Nye, the Science Guy) stepped up to become the number one Young Earth Creationist loon. The “scientific” material at his website Answers in Genesis is best described by those who are smarter than a fifth grader as a very funny novel.
The most pathetic Young Earth Creationist cult dominated forums I have seen belong to Christianchat.com. The administration of this website fanatically promote Young Earth Creationism, as do the overwhelming majority of the members. The few dissenters often get banned. The Young Earth Creationist cult clones make the same posts on thread after thread, but when they are effectively refuted they go back and hide under the 6,000-year-old rock they came out from under. Only to come back on the next thread related to Young Earth Creationism and post the exact same nonsense again that was already effectively refuted. What are these people thinking? Nothing, apparently. It’s quite the comedy caper and reminds one of The Three Thousand Stooges.
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