Anwers in Genesis has a useful page listing some of the arguments that a Creationist, faced with defending their beliefs (http://www.answersingenesis.org/get-answers/topic/arguments-we-dont-use).
The list is broken into 3 section, arguments never to use (9), arguments to avoid (12) and common misconceptions (8). The lists are not as long as I initially expected, but going through the list and ticking off those I had subscribed to was interesting.
1) Moon dust thickness proves a young moon
5) Darwin’s deathbed recantation
6) Flash frozen Woolly Mammoths
1) Evolution is just a theory
8) Human and dinosaur tracks found together
10) No rain before the flood
11) The speed of light has decreased
12) There are no transitional forms
6) Women have one more rib than men
7) Archaeopteryx is a fraud
In my defence, most of the items above all came from one source, that of a book I read in about 1990 by an American pastor who was a staunch Creationist and the uncle of someone I worked with. I don’t remember the name of the author or the book.
However, I should also admit that taking the majority of my information and foundation for belief from a single source was a little naive. At that time in my life, I was interested in scientific understanding but I was also in the early years of living on my own and developing my Christian faith as my own and no longer in the shadow of my parents. That one book set me on a path for most of the next 20 years and oh how different things might have been if it were not for a chance conversation.
At least I can now be honest and admit, yes I did once believe those things, and laugh at me past silly self with a minimal amount of embarrassment. I think shame in the past at this point would not be productive. I may as well embrace my past mistakes and move on. It does of course concern me that there are many who still belie the items I have listed above. This can only be explained through ignorance. That ignorance may not be entirely the fault of the believer, it could be the fault of person (or persons) who continue to peddle the myth, or it could simply be in some cases that the believer simply does not know where to go to check and test. They need help from others to discover the truth.
Sometimes that help only comes from those who are more scientifically literate and also happen to reject that form of Christianity. That can be a problem. It was for me on several occasions. When faced with being corrected on science by someone who disagrees with your Christian faith is difficult because you find yourself in a situation where the foundation of that faith itself is questioned and if that questioning comes from a non-believer then the only course of defence is to reject all they say.
I applaud what the Answers in Genesis are doing here. They are trying to ease the lot of enthusiastic Creationists by guiding them away from problem topics. However, there is one obvious sting here; this list can only grow longer, an problem argument can never revert to being a good argument. At what point does the list become so long that Creationism implodes?
- Ken Ham is an unreliable guide [Thoughts from Kansas] (scienceblogs.com)
- New Title Allows Readers to See Creation From a Scientific View (prweb.com)
- Creationist Ken Ham: Noah’s Ark Toys Are ‘Too Unrealistic’… but the Real Ark Was Just Fine (patheos.com)
- Interpretation or valid conclusion? (confessionsofayec.wordpress.com)
- AIG’s Advice for Creationist Internet Debaters (sensuouscurmudgeon.wordpress.com)
- The Three Kinds of Creationists (patheos.com)
- Creationists teach that evolution didn’t happen – these schools don’t | The Church Mouse (guardian.co.uk)