Thursday, May 9, 2013

Why Fundamentalists Look Stupid


The "science" quiz that is making Fundamentalists look really dumb. Unfortunately, all creationists are painted with the same brush by those who mock Christianity. According to Snopes.com, this is the first page of a quiz given to fourth graders at Blue Ridge Christian Academy in South Carolina. This was verified by Ken Ham and Mark Looy of Answers in Genesis who claimed that atheists were viciously attacking the Christian school.

Unfortunately Snopes.com portrays Young Earth Creationism as "the biblical view." In this Snopes is mistaken. Young Earth Creationism is NOT biblical, as has been demonstrated by anthropological studies related to the pertinent texts.

The fact that the parents of this student, who are Christians, questioned the content of this quiz, shows that not all Christians hold to the YEC dogma.




Perusal of Young Earth Creationist websites causes the educated and scientifically informed to scratch their heads in wonder. The earth is only 6000 years old? Humans and dinosaurs coexisted? God created the Grand Canyon with the appearance of great age? These far-fetched conclusions contribute to prejudice against a scientific approach to Genesis, making my work as a Biblical Anthropologist more difficult. Many in the scientific and academic communities assume that all Christians think like Young Earth literalists.  The distraction takes us far from recognition of the remarkable correspondence between the Biblical timeline and scientific findings.

Young Earth Creationists are building a Noah's Ark theme park in Kentucky. It will be a fun place for families and will perpetuate their ideology. Evangelicals who have bought into Darwinian theory probably will not visit the park, but Biblical literalists will flock there in droves, as they do to Ken Ham's other attraction, the Creation Museum in Cincinnati.

Young Earth Creationism is declining in popularity among Evangelicals, especially those influenced by the BioLogos crowd which tends to think that Darwinian evolution is the only alternative to literalism, and that is not true. An anthropological approach to Genesis acknowledges earth's great age and the milleniums of human existence without accepting the unproven Darwinian tenets concerning human origins. Biblical Anthropology, as scientific study of the text, requires setting aside both ideological templates in order to determine the meaning in cultural context. This is a labor to which I am fully committed.


Related reading: The Reliability of Scientific Dating; Theories of Creation: An overviewThe State of Creationism as Measured by Scholarly PublicationsCreationists Fail a Fourth Grade "Science" Test; Stephen M. Barr on Young Earth Creationism; Colleges Old Earth Creationists Should Avoid; Between Biblical Literalism and Biblical Illiterarcy; A Scientific Timeline of Genesis; Alice C. Linsley's Research on GenesisLamech Segment Analysis


13 comments:

Tina said...

They mock us anyway Alice. Christian believers cannot base our reasoning on the possible reaction of those who hate Christianity.

A little child is going to have a much easier time learning rational thought when he learns how to apply the Bible to all of his learning, than if he has to try to reconcile the cognitive dissonance of the school textbook that oversimplifies by teaching that Spontaneous Generation followed by random, unpredictable chance is the cause of our beautiful, rational, life-filled world that is governed by proven continual laws of nature - especially once he discovers that those proven, unarguable laws of nature themselves give the lie to the textbook versions. Sorry for such a long sentence but I think it still makes sense.

Grant Dexter said...

100%! Sweet. Smart kid! Must be homeschooled.

Alice Linsley said...

Not all home schooled children are raised in Fundamentalist families. I have a friend who is an atheist libertarian who home schools his 3 children. We don't agree on many things, but we both see that C.S. Peirce's 3 rules of empirical learning are not upheld in public schools.

Alice Linsley said...

Tina, the objective of learning should be to pursue truth. That is indeed very difficult when the public school ethos is largely about indoctrination.

Alice Linsley said...

Grant, according to Snopes.com, this is the first page of a quiz given to fourth graders at a school in South Carolina.

Grant Dexter said...

Oh. Well if you really, really can't homeschool, perhaps you should shift to America.

Tina said...

Alice I intended to leave this comment before, and the net went down and then the next day I forgot, etc etc.
Anyway I wanted to thank you for you gracious habit of responding to the commenters on your posts. It always makes me feel appreciated as a reader, and is one of the reasons I keep coming back to read your blog.:-)

Alice Linsley said...

Thanks, Tina. That's encouraging to me, and I DO appreciate your comments.

Grant Dexter said...

Is it alright if I do not appreciate being called stupid? :)

Alice Linsley said...

Being stupid and appearing stupid are two different things.

Grant Dexter said...

So you do not think dinosaurs and people living together is stupid?

Alice Linsley said...

You're kidding, right?

Grant Dexter said...

That's what YECs believe. :)