My Opinion on Young Earth Creationism.


I am not a Young Earth Creationist (YEC); a YEC is a Christian who believes the Genesis creation narrative demands that each creation day denotes a literal 24 hour period. In short, the YEC believes that the Earth is just 6000 years old and that dinosaurs lived with man – this is the view of YEC organizations such as Answers in Genesis, for example.

This view I have seldom dealt with at this blog for the simple reason that I don’t take it seriously, at least much in the same way that I don’t take atheist Jesus mythicists seriously anymore either. Like I have with Jesus mythicists, I have my reasons for my view; I could outlay multiple reasons why I don’t agree with the YEC from the Bible itself, history, science, and theology. However, I found Christian philosopher Randal Rauser’s view quite similar to my own. Rauser explains (1):

“I believe that young earth creationism is based on a faulty literalist hermeneutic (interpret literally where possible) which fails to recognize the proper genre of the two Genesis creation narratives.”

Yet, the YEC believes that he has solid evidence to support his view on the age of the Earth. But one needs to put this into perspective. The only people on this rock who believe that there Earth is a mere few thousand years old are Christians with their way of reading scripture (ignore the other dozen interpretations); to everyone else (many Christians included) such is absurd. Even, according to cosmologist Hugh Ross, “Many conservative Christian theologians and biblical scholars have attested to this statement,” namely that a YE reading of scripture is sorely mistaken (2). As Rauser continues:

“No doubt you believe that you have some evidence that supports young earth creationism. But every field of study has minority opinions on the periphery and those minority opinions have at least some considerations in favor of their position. A 9/11 conspiracy theorist or climate change denier can certainly proffer some evidence in favor of her position, and the non-specialist will likely not have a rebuttal for specific points. However, that is hardly adequate for the non-specialist to take the minority position seriously.”

Such a minority position it is that Christian writer Pastor Matt believes the YE creationist matches fundamentalism to a tee, even though atheism still takes the cake: “I have my problems with fundamentalist Christians like those who, in the face of all the evidence, insist that the King James Bible is the only true translation or that instruments aren’t allowed in worship or that only a young earth interpretation is biblical but atheist fundamentalists take the cake” (3). I could hardly disagree. Rauser finishes off for us:

“As a result, I place young earth creationism in the same category as 9/11 conspiracy theories and climate change denial, namely as a minority opinion that I do not consider a plausible understanding of origins.”


1. Rauser, R. 2015. Why I don’t take young earth creationism seriously (even though I do take young earth creationists seriously). Available.

2. Nazworth, N. 2015. Must Faithful Christians Believe in a Young Earth? A CP Interview With Christian Astronomer Hugh Ross. Available.

3. Pastor Matt. 2013. Atheist Fundamentalism.

9 responses to “My Opinion on Young Earth Creationism.

  1. How do you make sense of the Ten Commandments use of 24 hours? Do you believe in a literal Adam? If so how does that fit in the Old Earth view? Are you familiar with Sailhammer’s view Historic Creationism? If so what are your thoughts?

  2. I have to disagree with you here. I consider myself to be an open-minded Christian, and I can see no possible way to interpret the first eleven chapters of Genesis besides taking them literally. Anything else would be twisting what they say.

    For starters, Genesis 1 mentions days and nights: literal 24-hour periods. (See Genesis 1:5) The creation of the world in six literal days is the basis for the Sabbath. If we take it the opposite way (the Sabbath came first, and then the Creation Hymn to explain the Sabbath), we must also disbelieve Exodus 20:8-11. (I’m sure there are other passages that mention the origin of the Sabbath outside of the Pentateuch, but I’m having a hard time finding them.)

    Another thing is the patristic characters. Genesis 1-11 lays the foundation for the introduction of Abraham. If I were to doubt the Creation Hymn, I would also naturally doubt Abraham’s existence. If I were to doubt Abraham’s existence, I would doubt Jacob’s, and the existence of his 12 sons. If I were to doubt these things, most of the Bible starts to look like swiss cheese. For example, Jesus himself mentioned as many as 8 characters from Genesis, and is definitely not being figurative in several of these passages.

    I could also point out what I consider to be a remarkably scientific account for the creation of the world in comparison to other creation stories/myths, or the interesting differences between the Genesis account and Sumerian/Babylonian creation myths. Besides that the idea of a world-wide (or at least world-population wide) flood being found in myths from virtually every culture now known. (And I say “virtually” not because I know of any specific culture that doesn’t have a myth around this idea, but because I’m conceding one might exist.) We also have some scientific evidence for this fact, including very interesting OOParts, like a human footprint overlayed with a dinosaur footprint, a rock painting of what appears to either be a sauropod or a mutated giraffe, an ancient shrine in Asia(?) which has a triceratops obviously carved into the wall beside other animals which are clearly original, among other things.

    I’m sorry if it seems like I’m going on and on, it’s just that I feel very strongly on this issue, and I feel I have enough evidence to validate my beliefs. I acknowledge that the Genesis account is difficult to defend, but I believe this is due to it’s age more than to it’s nature. As I said, I consider myself to be open-minded, so if you find the time to respond, I would be interested in hearing what you have to say.

    • check yourself on the sabbath. it does not have the same formulaic “morning and evening” statement at the end, showing that “day 7” is not fully referencing a day but in fact a completion which stands apart from all other creation myths of the ANE

  3. Did God create the heavens and earth in six literal days? Let’s just imagine that is exactly what happened and examine a couple of things. First of all, why not? Would you put God in a box or somehow place a limitation on an infinite and all-powerful Creator to say he could have done this or this, but not that? That kind of thinking isn’t even logical, coming from an someone who is far from being all-powerful with an infinite mind. I’m afraid some people might have the idea that God is “just a wee bit smarter than we are.” Ha! Look up the words infinite, eternal and omnipotent, then think again.

    Here is something to think about, and I sincerely hope you will. You say you consider yourself “open-minded” and consider yourself a Christian? In that case, I’m quite sure, in your open-mindedness you won’t find a contradiction in your self-assessment, otherwise you wouldn’t have spouted it onto this page. Have you actually studied the Bible, especially the life of Jesus? He wasn’t open-minded. He was what you would call closed-minded and intolerant. I’ll put it this way: Jesus was a “fundamental Christian.” So, if you ridicule in any way fundamental Christians, you are ridiculing Jesus, too. That’s something you will take up with Him, one day or another, better sooner than later.

    Jesus wasn’t tolerant of ideas that opposed his doctrine, which are the words of God, and Truth (John 17:17). The raply, “Whatever,” wasn’t in his vocabulary. He is Truth with an upper case “T.” Truth matters. It isn’t wishy-washy, and it isn’t open-minded, and neither is it tolerant (with a lower-case “t”). At least, thankfully, you didn’t refer to yourself as a follower of Jesus Christ, which would be ironic (or hypocritical) in light of your stated views.

    Do you think I’m being harsh on you? To quote the apostle Paul, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?” (Galatians 4:16) Oh, I hope not. I hope to save your soul by awakening you to your gross error in judgment and lack of discernment. I hope you will not only allow this post to display but consider it in prayer. I want no harm to you: I want the opposite, for you to be restored to sound doctrine (assuming you once followed it).

    Does it matter whether or not someone believes God created the heaven and earth in six days? Personally, I believe it matters. Is it a salvation issue? Possibly, and here’s why: if you don’t believe it and teach or persuade others to not believe it and it is actually true, you have set yourself up for a severe judgment:

    Proverbs 30:5-6 (KJV) Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

    Also see Deuteronomy 4:2 and Revelation 22:18-19 for more warnings on this idea of the purity of God’s word and the warnings against adding to or taking away from its meaning. Have you not heard that teachers will be held to a higher standard on Judgment day? This isn’t me calling you a liar for changing God’s words, it’s God’s word warning you and all who might consider doing it. God’s word is perfect and pure — Which part of God’s perfect and pure word would you feel qualified to modify?

    As for me…

    Psalms 119:42 (KJV) So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.

    Psalms 119:67 (KJV) Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.

    God’s word is VERY PURE. If you are His servant, you will love it:

    Psalms 119:140 (KJV) Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.

    God’s word is PURE FROM THE BEGINNING:

    Psalms 119:160 (KJV) Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

    Psalms 119:161-163 (KJV) Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word. I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil. I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.

    Would you really ridicule Bible believers or “fundamentalists” who believe all of God’s word is true and God-breathed? In that case, I pray for God’s mercy on your soul.

    John 17:14, 17 (KJV) I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world… Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

    There is too much archaeological evidence available to not believe dinosaurs and humans have co-existed. All it takes is a 15-minute research of this topic to find the evidence in cave paintings and 3D sculptures, in many cases less than a thousand years old. But no one every assembled a dinosaur from discovered bones until the 19th century. Then how is it possible to have 1,000-year-old artwork and sculptures? And these many such artififacts exist across a variety of cultures around the world. Just coincidence that a bunch of artists got lucky with their creations? C’mon!

    What does God’s word say about dinosaurs? Well, of course the word “dinosaur” isn’t found in the King James Bible of 1611 (since the word dinosaur wasn’t coined until the 19th century, but Job 40 and 41 describe what can only be a mighty good-sized and powerful dinosaur (Behemoth) and a dragon (Leviathan). Again, just spend 15 minutes researching this topic before making a judgment. (See Proverbs 18:13)

    Some of your other articles on Atheism hit the mark, but I’m afraid you dropped the ball on this article. At the very least, if I were you, I wouldn’t want to face Jesus on Judgment day when our every word will be recounted, to find out that I was promoting errant doctrine when I could have easily known the truth… or remained silent on the topic.

    Matthew 12:37 (KJV) For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

    Romans 3:4 (KJV)… Let God be true, but every man a liar…

    God is serious about the Truth. Jesus is Truth. John 14:6. Believe it… or not.

    In the end time strong delusion is sent to those who have received not the love of the truth (2nd Thessalonians 2). This should be a warning for all who have departed from sound doctrine.

    Luke 2:29-30 (KJV) Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

  4. Re: “I believe that young earth creationism is based on a faulty literalist hermeneutic (interpret literally where possible) which fails to recognize the proper genre of the two Genesis creation narratives.”

    A faulty hermeneutic? Because it’s literal interpretation?

    Let me ask you this: When the Bible says Jesus physically rose from the dead after 3 days and is seated on the Throne in heaven, do you believe that is to be taken literally? After all, it is impossible, according to natural science.

    Choose what you will believe. That’s what faith is.

    Hebrews 11:6-10 (KJV) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

    By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

    By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

    Luke 18:8 (KJV) I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

    Is the earth possibly as young as six to 10 thousand years old? That’s far more likely than 4.5 billion years and many scientific facts support such a young earth. It doesn’t take much research to find that info.

    Could God have actually created everything in just 6 literal days? I believe God, as an infinitely powerful and creative being, is powerful and capable enough to do anything he wants that is within his character. He could snuff you or I out with a thought or open the earth up underneath our beds as we sleep. Something to think about tonight when your head hits the pillow. Creating the heaven and earth in six days wouldn’t be a challenge to a Creator God who created matter-energy and time, just by speaking (or thinking) it into being.

    Do you have true faith? Are you sure?

  5. Whoever chooses to ignore the plain meaning of the creation story is left in the position of having to rewrite the doctrine of original sin, whereby death came into the world. It certainly wouldn’t fit with Darwinism, which claims the opposite, that human life came from death (of many beings before humans). For it is upon the concept of original sin that it was necessary for Jesus to sacrifice his sinless life to pay for the sins of man. If Darwinism (macro-evolution, specifically) were true, then Jesus’ sacrifice wasn’t needed and you would be saying God has misinformed us about many things. I for one am not willing to set myself up for such an error of eternal consequence.

    I doubt many of those who believe in something other than a young earth creation have really thought this through. At least, I’ve never heard their explanation (their rewrite) of the doctrine of original sin. I’m sure willing to listen if someone has an idea, and has a rewrite for that doctrine and how it would work with Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, and yet not be a violation of the many warnings God has given us that say, basilly, don’t mess with His word! Or else.

    Deuteronomy 4:2, Proverbs 30:5-6, Revelation 22:18-19

  6. 1 Timothy 6:20-21 (KJV) O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

    vain. babblings. and oppositions. of science. falsely so called.

  7. Hey, sorry about the attacks on you. I am going to preach Genesis 1 and 2 this upcoming Sunday and will do my very best to only address what Scripture address in those chapters… and the age of the earth is not!

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