Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A Letter to Young Earth Creationists

Dear young earthers:

I was once like you. I thought the earth was 6,000 years old and God had created Adam and Eve, the first people. But I learned of a lot of compelling evidence** for evolution. I also learned why the earth could not be young and why we were almost certainly not created. I used to think that scientists were a bunch of godless, educated fools who would never accept the truth. In my eyes, the creationists were a minority being picked on. I observed something about how science works: New ideas are not easily accepted. Usually the scientists who champion the new, correct ideas of their day, like Galileo or Georges Lemaître; start out in the minority and gradually win acceptance for their ideas. Lately, a big debate has taken place in the news between evolutionists and creationists. I began to wonder, does the small group of creationists have a chance of being right? Will they win acceptance and replace the theory of evolution? No. You have to remember one thing: Most scientists believed exclusively in creation right up through Darwin's time. Young Earth Creationism had its shot; and it failed. It failed to explain why the earth seemed to be millions of years old. It failed to explain the simple-to-complex pattern we see in the fossil record. It failed to explain why some species(made by a perfect God) went extinct; and why certain species are only found in younger rock layers. The obvious answer is that life changed over time. It failed to explain vestigal structures like mammary glands and nipples in men, and why certain people have an extra set of ribs just like other primates. It fails to explain why we see light from stars billions of light years away. It fails to explain why stars so far away were created in the first place. You see, young earthism was embraced. Scientists gradually let go of it as a better explanation came to light. What chance has it of resurfacing? In closing, I leave you with this:

Some ways to detect pseudoscientists and pseudoscience:
*He believes himself unjustly persecuted and discriminated against.

*He has strong compulsions to focus his attacks on the greatest scientists
and best established theories.

*The discoverer pitches the claim directly to the media.

** Evidence for evolution:
Transitional Fossils:

DNA Evidence:

Evolution Observed:

Creationism Refuted:


Stacy said...

Thank you for that post. I can tell it is heartfelt.

RAYMONDO said...

Thanks for the post since it confirms by belief in a young earth creation.

Ozan said...

God indeed created everything but not in that way. i guess God created BigBang, and rest is history