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Shermer vs. Answers in Genesis

John on February 27, 2009 at 10:42 am

Charles at LGF posted this and, for me at least, it’s one of those car accident spectacles. You don’t want to look and yet you can’t look away.

Two observations:

1) The lady from Answers in Genesis seems like a very decent and intelligent person. Still I can’t help thinking, as I always do when listening to young earth creationists, that the evidence for an old earth is a lot more comprehensive than she’s letting on. It’s not just the radiometric dating and the multiple ways of double checking that data is accurate. It’s not just the archaeological evidence of ancient civilizations and even more ancient fossil history of life on earth. It’s also the observation of distant stars and galaxies and the fairly complete picture we now have of the history of our visible universe. The evidence for an ancient earth and an even more ancient universe is just overwhelming. It’s way too much to shrug off with a reference to “man’s interpretation” as she does here.

It saddens me because I’m convinced we need to come to terms with this reality if Christianity is going to avoid being ruled out as a real consideration by future generations. The young earth isn’t coming back. Not ever. Let’s stop wasting our energy on this.

2) Having recently seen Shermer live, I’m struck again by how facile and how opportunistic he is. In this interview, he holds up Francis Collins as an example of an orthodox Christian who has followed the evidence regarding the age of the earth and evolution. When I saw Shermer speak a month or so ago, he dumped all over Collins as someone whose understanding of his own faith was unconvincing and hackneyed.

In other words, Shermer’s take on people seems to be very situational. Whether Collins is an example to be heralded or a pathetic fool to be scorned depends on the crowd. I suppose it’s an effective way to argue but it doesn’t incline me to much respect for him as an honest broker from the atheist side. I guess this is existentialist rhetoric, i.e. now is all that matters. He’d make a good politician. Is there anything worse one could say?

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