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.