Why everyone is stupid pt 3: Young Earth Creationism

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Young Earth Creationism (YEC) is the religious belief that the earth was created six thousand years ago (more or less).  The sole justification for this belief is an overly literal interpretation of the Bible.  In fact, the central characteristic of YEC is that they believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible to the exclusion of all other things. YECs believe that sometime around 4000 BC God literally spoke the entire planet into existence over a six day period.  There’s some debate in the YEC community whether or not he spoke merely the entire planet or the entire universe.  Not that it matters, since neither theory is consistent with any of the data we have collected in the last few hundred years about the formation of the solar system or the universe.  YECs know this chronology to be true because it’s in the Bible chapter 1.  Additionally, not only was the world created in 4000 BCE but, if you go by Ussher’s chronology (17th century bishop), the world was then destroyed circa 2300 BCE by Noah’s flood.  Some people might nit pick and talk about technical errors and interpretations but any value set in a literal understanding of the Bible will leave you in a state of intense and profound  stupidity because there’s no way to reconcile any interpretation, no matter how broad,  to the literal Genesis creation myth that makes any sense.

Sometimes you can give a pass to people for ignorance -if people miss the finer points of evolution or cosmology for example this probably isn’t stupidity but ignorance.  But in this case you can’t.  It’s synonymous with believing the earth is flat which is a theory no one has believed since the classical period in Ancient Greece.  Anyone who would believe in a flat earth now would just be an idiot.  YEC is like that.  It’s gone so far beyond the realm of dispassionate debate regarding evidence, it’s in the realm of obviousness.

Pick any “-ology” in the grand litany of “-ologies” and you’ll find not only a preponderance of evidence, but that the entire paradigm falls to pieces if you assume a 10,000 year or less time frame.  Take my personal favorite, Archaeology.  The world is littered with man made stuff that’s literally hundreds of thousands of years old.  Sometimes millions of years old depending on how you want to define “Man made”.  There are whole civilizations rising and falling long before the putative “beginning” of the world.  Do you want to know what happened 10,000 years ago?  That was the beginning (roughly) of the Iron age.  It’s when people started writing down pieces of their lives.  It was the beginning of the world from a whole new metaphorical and intellectual perspective.  The Iron Age was ushered in with changes in climate, agriculture, husbandry, population density, and more.  It was the beginning of many things, but not the literal earth.

YEC are great people.  I’m sure they’re warm, caring individuals, but they’re stupid.  They are so emotionally invested in a bizarre and silly religious belief that they have become willfully blind to reality.  There’s no discussion in any serious circles because the issue is not one of intellect and can’t be discussed intellectually.  It’s an emotional issue.  It’s a religious issue.  But no intellectual process, including the religious ones, will ever be successful when it becomes so completely divorced from reality.    Rapidly the church is becoming the “church of stupid people” and it’s over issues like this.  So yes, YECs are stupid.  Intentionally so, and I fear there may be no cure.

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6 thoughts on “Why everyone is stupid pt 3: Young Earth Creationism

    youngearth said:
    November 18, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    According to the Word of God the earth is only 6176 years old.
    Are you calling God stupid or ignorant?

      TheCentrist said:
      November 19, 2013 at 6:15 am

      Nope. Just you.

    kdulcimer said:
    November 20, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I’m afraid you haven’t defeated YECism; in fact, you do little more than call it “stupid”.

    To show that a belief system is wrong, you must show (using the 3 laws of logic) that it is internally inconsistent. For example, if I said “all that exists is what is tangible/material; if something cannot be touched, it does not exist”, then that belief system, by definition, excludes itself from existence, and thus is not valid. Again, if I say “all truth is relative; no truth universally pervades time and space” (let’s call that statement Q for short), that’s not a valid belief. Why? Well, Q itself makes a claim to be universally true (“all truth is…”) while simultaneously claiming universal truths do not exist. So it’s self-contradictory.

    Last, it would appear you haven’t actually looked up what YECists say. I like http://www.creation.com/ as far as YECist resources go. Why don’t you have a look? I know they’ve already addressed some of the things you’ve raised.

      TheCentrist said:
      November 20, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      I’m gad you can read a headline. Here’s what your missing. I’m not here to “disprove” young earth creationism. The discussion is over. The battle has been won and lost. There’s nothing more to say about it except among YECs. What you are describing to the world in your infantile defense of YEC is a statement of faith. If you came to me and said, a large snake encircles the globe biting his own tail and when he lets go at the end of days the gods will destroy him and save the world, then I would respect your religious beliefs based on ancient Norse mythology. I do not need to show that it is logically inconsistent or other such sophistry. You are not describing the world in any meaningful way. You are describing your religious feelings. Nothing more and I don’t really have anything meaningful to say about how you feelings. I suggest you find a shrink

        kdulcimer said:
        November 20, 2013 at 6:58 pm

        You, sir, are a world-class troll, and I tip my hat to you. 🙂

        TheCentrist said:
        November 20, 2013 at 7:15 pm

        It’s my blog. Technically, you’re the troll. I’m just sittin’ here tryin’ to be rational. I define “stupid” as people so emotional that they are incapable of reason. In this case you’re describing a religion to a rationalist. Not a move designed to foster diplomacy. I’m not saying you can’t be religious and still be rational. I’m not actually an atheist. You just can’t believe the world was created 6000 years ago, give or take, and still be rational.

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