James McGrath: Why Anti-Evolutionism is Evil
Dr. McGrath had a good post yesterday with much food for thought that is worth re-posting in its entirety:
From a Christian perspective, the sort of false teaching propagated by the likes of Ken Ham, as seen for instance in the video below (HT Unreasonable Faith), deserves to be called evil.
Christians have a strong sense that they are supposed to be going against the flow, that they need to dare to be different, that they need to stand up for their faith even if it means ridicule or persecution. What Ken Ham and others like him have done is to give Christians a way that they can feel that they are in fact doing this, standing up for their faith, by standing up for pseudoscience, instead of taking a stand for the things that really ought to distinguish a Christian: love for enemies, concern for justice, bringing together those whom society divides along lines of race, gender, status, and much else.
That is really all that the pseudoscientific, anti-Christian movement known as young-earth creationism is: an attempt to distract from the fact that Christians aren’t treating the Bible as the Word of God, taking it literally, or doing any of the other things Ken Ham and others like him claim to stand for – not when it comes to the Bible’s teaching about economic and social justice, concern for the poor and oppressed, renunciation of wealth, and most other matters of practice. And so young earth creationism deserves to be labelled as what it is: not merely “bogus science” but also a false Gospel.
Amen. Ken Ham, YECists, and AiG, tend to take every issue and make it about a literal reading of Genesis. Strife in the home? Read Genesis more literally. Drugs in America? Read Genesis more literally. Kids acting up? Read Genesis more literally. Finances doing poor? Read Genesis more literally. Is it raining outside? Read Genesis more literally… and ad nauseum. Of course this is good for business. When your organization is called Answers in Genesis you need to point as many issues there as possible.
However, as far as I can tell, the Christian canon consists of more than one book. Might want to flip to the right a few pages…
Maybe I’ll start my own organizations Answers in Leviticus; or Answers in Lamentations. Perhaps, I might join the flat-earth society and start Answers in Ecclesiastes. I’m sure if any of us actually dedicated some time and gray matter to the issue we could come up with some good stuff!
Answers in Zechariah… hmmmmm.
One more from James: Picking and Choosing in the News