Today at 2pm Eastern time I will be a guest on the Canadian radio program, the Drew Marshall Show. Please do tune in to listen, whether on the radio if you are in Canada, or online. The topic will be the recent debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye.
Joel Baden has a great piece in the Huffington Post about the selectivity with which young-earth creationists embrace what is in the Bible. Here’s a sample:
The Bible contains multiple accounts and ideas of creation. Anyone who claims otherwise is simply not reading the Bible. A creationism that is centered entirely on Genesis 1 is not “biblical,” any more than a creationism that insists upon a primordial battle between God and a series of giant monsters from whose bodies the seas were created.
I’d like to suggest that we stop referring to “young-earth creationists” and be more specific, calling people like Ken Ham instead “young-earth Genesis 1 minus the dome no-primordial-conflict-with-a-dragon creationists” or something like that.
Here’s another key point from the article: “The way to defeat creationism isn’t to fight it with science, but with a weapon it will respect. Creationism is defeated with the Bible. It’s one or the other — both can’t be right.”
Others have also been blogging about the debate and its aftermath. Libby Anne expressed objections to those who responded to straw man versions of creationists rather than the views creationists actually hold. And Ross McKenzie offered some explanations with links on the topic of how we know how old the Earth is.