Teach the controversy: A YEC thoughtfully responds to a GOE article

I can be friends with people, I promise! (photo credit: lucyannmoll.com)

Like most people who write about the evolution-creationism clash, I subscribe to Google Alerts for a number of relevant search terms. And even though Google Alerts have kind of been sucking lately, they still occasionally bring me new content that either prompts articles on this website or at least provides interesting things I can share from GOE’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

One link in particular grabbed my attention this morning, since, you know, it has my name in the headline.

I’m not sure who the author is, but his or her blog is called Justification by reason. A somewhat grandiose title, to be sure, but I suppose I’m hardly in a position to judge.

Anyway, the author is responding to an article that discussed my thoughts on the seriously bad theological implications of young-earth creationism, which, to date, has been the most popular single feature on this site. Not surprisingly, the author, a self-described young-earth creationist, disagrees with me.

However, the blogger earns points in my book for the gracious way in which they approached their response. I also appreciated the quotes from Bryan College professor Todd Wood, another YEC I’m actually pretty fond of. Unlike K-Ham and the Creation.com Crew, Wood writes things that sometimes challenge me to think, like this 2011 essay on what he would like to hear an evolutionary creationist say.

As you’ve probably noticed, I tend to take a pretty adversarial approach in my writing on this site. I do this for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that sometimes, YEC proponents and their brethren come off as arrogant — even, dare I say, douchebaggish — and that can lead me to issue what I deem to be an appropriate response.

But I hope you’ve also noticed (particularly in our comments section) how much I appreciate the perspectives of those who disagree with me; indeed, they often help me shape, refine or even alter my own opinions. Whether you are a young-earth creationist, an atheist or, like me, an evangelical Christian evolutionary creationist (I know you’re out there somewhere!), you are more than welcome here.

Particularly in reference to my brothers and sisters in Christ, I am thankful for the following passage that has been greatly ministering to my heart the past few days:

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.

If I had to sum all that up in a few words of modern-day vernacular, I think I would do it this way: We are all in this together.

Now, none of this is to say I am giving up on the mission of GOE. I still think it is of vital importance that we Christians stop yoking the precious good news of Jesus to unscientific precepts and conjectures that are demonstrably false. It’s just that, in the end, I believe a YEC and I will always find far more common ground than we would uncommon…um…skies.

It is in that spirit that I wanted to link to the Justification by reason post. Quite frankly, I don’t see that the author has convincingly rebutted my points, but I encourage you to read the piece and draw your own conclusions. In any case, the writer has earned my respect, both for their humble admission of the ways they know they and other YECs have failed, and for taking the time to listen to what I have to say and thoughtfully formulate a response.

Tyler Francke