I remember falling for the claim that evolution was incompatible with the Second Law of Thermodynamics when I was a teenager. I apparently lacked the ability to realize that the world’s scientists were not so incompetent as to miss something so basic, nor did I consider that the fact that mainstream scientists were engaging in productive research while the charlatans who were spouting these criticisms were not collecting their Nobel prize for overturning widely-held scientific views.
But at the heart of young-earth creationism is not scientific ignorance and deceit, although those play a role. It is pride. The reason some of us fall for the lies that YEC proponents offer is because we like the idea that we, together with other Christians, are smarter than the world’s scientists.
Young-earth creationism isn’t just wrong. It isn’t just a deception. It is diabolically sinful.