Great question, Ken Ham. Say, here’s an idea.
This is the great irony of Ham and Answers in Genesis, that they pretend to be concerned about, and fighting against, a trend that the movement they’re part of is largely responsible for. It would be like Tim Cook criticizing people’s preoccupation with handheld touch-screen devices, or the head of McDonald’s publishing an op-ed ruminating on America’s obesity problem and how in the heck fast food became such a significant portion of most of our diets.
This is not just my opinion. Research shows that one of the primary reasons my generation is losing interest in Christianity is the church’s perceived (and too often, actual) antagonism toward scientific inquiry, scientific progress and science in general.
It doesn’t take a genius researcher to figure out where these perceptions are coming from. They’re not intrinsic to the Christian faith. They come from organizations like AiG and their representatives, who deliberately misrepresent the gospel and True Christianity™ as being somehow dependent on the modern idea of a 6,000-year-old universe, and more importantly, the thousands of churches who mindlessly parrot their teachings and present their materials as the “biblical” viewpoint.
This is not to say I believe young-earthers should just shut up about their views. It is all about the posture in which those views are presented. If your posture is, “This is what I believe, and what I believe the Bible says, but I respect that some Christians have different beliefs on this subject that are just as valid as mine,” then more power to you. On the other hand, if your posture is the Ken Ham-patented, “This is what the Bible says, period, and if you disagree, you’re a worse Christian than I am (and you probably hate your kids, too)” — well, I think that is not just unbiblical, but profoundly harmful.
I don’t know for sure, but it may say something about the American evangelical church that Ham has been able to make a living offering a snake-oil cure for a problem that would probably not even exist if he and others like him were a tiny bit more open-minded (and hence, truer to the scriptures they claim to represent).