You got me, creationists — I sleep around with atheists, and I like it

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I have a confession to make to you, readers. I have been sleeping with the enemy. Actually, all of us theistic evolutionists have. We knew it was wrong, but it just felt so right.

Fortunately for lovers of truth everywhere, the good folks over at Creation Ministries International were there to call us on it, in an article appropriately titled “Sleeping with the Enemy.”

Of course, everyone knows that evolution is what causes atheism (that’s how the article begins). But, “of late,” creatavangelist Calvin Smith writes, “some Christians have added a new slant to this by claiming it is Bible believing creationists that are actually the cause of people rejecting the Christian faith.” Great Scott! Say it ain’t so, Calvin!

With the same thorough and rigorous level of study that young-earth creationists bring to everything, Wish-He-Would-Stay-Silent Cal offers not one, but two, other articles as evidence for his claim that we rascally TEs have been doing this “of late”: one from 2011 and one from 2007.

Cal’s article is dated May 2 of this year, so he’s not off to the strongest start. But I think we can safely assume he spent most of the past several years doing research for this piece.

He continues: “Biblical creationists agree that young people are abandoning the faith because of a perceived discrepancy between the plain reading of the Scripture and what they are being taught is the ‘fact’ of evolution.” Ah, so the author does not ignore all objective facts about reality. That’s good to know.

“However,” he adds, “we disagree that attempting to perform highly specious theological gymnastics with the plain reading of the biblical text is the best approach.” Performing even more highly specious gymnastics with logic and science is perfectly cool, though. And just by way of explanation, when he says “highly specious theological gymnastics,” he’s talking about interpreting certain parts of Genesis as a framework meant to convey deep and vital spiritual truths, which has its roots in the writings of early church fathers going back at least as far as Augustine and Origen.

Even Paul (yes, the Paul), is recorded in Galatians 4 interpreting the story of Abraham and his family as allegory — symbolic of the divergent branches of “true believers” who find their faith in Christ and those who choose to reject him.

I hope God saw fit to forgive the apostle for not taking the Bible seriously.

As proof that the young-earth creationist view is correct, Cal quotes Francis Collins and Karl Giberson out of context to make it look like they’re not real Christians (which is an A-plus, super-cool thing to do, by the way), and shares comments by two unnamed “atheists” who aren’t buying the BioLogos message. By contrast, Cal notes, “various creation ministries worldwide have received hundreds of testimonies from people describing their shipwrecked faith being reignited, new boldness when witnessing and salvation moments occurring through their teaching that God’s Word can be trusted from the very first verse.”

Wow. Such specific and well-documented proof cannot be refuted. I, for one, am convinced.

Cal’s article ends with the following tirade:

Once again the crux of the creation/evolution debate is highlighted, as both biblical creationists and evolutionist [sic] (in this case TEs) agree with the facts they are observing (an exodus of young people from Christian homes due to challenges with ‘science’ and faith). But because of different starting beliefs, they are coming to different conclusions as to ‘why’ this is happening.

Again, I have to agree. Cal and I have ‘different starting beliefs.’ You see, Cal and other YEC proponents tend to start with the following tenets:

1. Evolution is evil and must denied at all costs.

2. Anyone who disagrees with me is wrong.

3. God is weak and must be protected by me.

4. I am right and know everything, so you should listen to me.

Whereas I, on the other hand, would advocate a slightly different approach:

1. Evolution is science, and having brains that can do science is a gift from God.

2. Anyone who disagrees with me probably has good reasons for doing so, and if I listen to them, maybe I’ll grow as a person.

3. I am weak and must be protected by God.

4. All I really know is I’m a sinner and I need Jesus.

In the end, if I am sleeping with the enemy, that’s fine with me. I’m in good company.

But then again, scripture clearly tells us Christians that our enemies are not actually people at all, but the powers of darkness and spiritual forces of evil and Satan, the “father of lies.”

That’s interesting, huh? And, YEC proponents teach things that are demonstrably false, meaning they are, at best, ignorant, and at worst, deliberately trying to deceive.

In other words, lying. So, who’s sleeping with the enemy again?

Tyler Francke