In recent months, it seems as though Ken Ham is focusing more than usual on responding to critics — all of whom are Christians, as far as I know — who suggest his organization’s obsession with a particular view of the first 11 chapters of Genesis is detrimental to the gospel message and the faith in general.
In an interview last month with the Bad Christian podcast, I said something similar about young-earth groups like Ham’s Answers in Genesis: “There are some groups and individuals out there that have a very large following for which [evolution] is a really big issue and they say that [not believing in it] is a real central component of what it means to be a real Christian, or a Bible-believing Christian. And I think that does kind of hurt the gospel to an extent.”
I didn’t mention Ham or AiG by name, but I was certainly thinking of them. Of course, they are far from the only ones. There are countless groups around the world that, for various and often inexplicable reasons, have made it their top priority to attack evolution and promote the idea that the universe is younger than the invention of beer. Ham and AiG just happen to be the most well-known, prominent and cash-rich among their diverse sea of competitors.