Not Your Grandpa’s Six Day, Young Earth Creationism

In the last few decades my studies have included other subjects specifically related to God’s Good Creation. So today I’m beginning a new category of posts that I hope you will find informative.

The new category I’ll be blogging about is Intelligent Design.

So Let’s Dig In!

When it comes to the Origin of Life & the Universe, there are only two world-view options available to us.

  1. Everything that exists in the Universe is a result of undirected, physical processes.
  2. Everything that exists in the Universe is a result of intelligent design.

That’s it. Those are the options. Which one do you believe?

Those who align themselves with option 2 typically fall into two camps.

  • Camp A) Literal 6 day, Young Earth Creationism (YEC) or
  • Camp B) Intelligent Design Creationism (ID).

Two Option 2 “Origin of Life” Perspectives

Intelligent Design (ID) and Young Earth Creationism (YEC) are two perspectives that seek to explain the origin of life and the universe. While they share some similarities, they have fundamental differences in their core beliefs and assumptions.

Intelligent Design:

  1. Intelligent Design posits that certain features of the natural world, including biological systems, are best explained by the action of an intelligent agent or designer, rather than by natural processes like macro evolution by natural selection. (ID affirms micro evolution, i.e., variation within species, or change over time, for example)
  2. ID does not necessarily reject the scientific consensus on the age of the Earth and the universe. It is compatible with a wide range of views on the age of the Earth, including the widely accepted scientific estimate of 4.5 billion years.
  3. ID proponents often focus on the concept of irreducible complexity, arguing that certain biological structures and systems are too complex to have evolved through natural processes alone.
  4. ID does not explicitly identify the intelligent designer, leaving room for various interpretations, including the possibility of an extraterrestrial or supernatural designer.

Young Earth Creationism:

  1. Young Earth Creationism is a religious belief that the Earth and the universe were created by a divine being, specifically the God of the Abrahamic religions, within a relatively short time frame, often interpreted as 6,000 to 10,000 years ago.
  2. YEC proponents believe in a literal interpretation of key biblical texts, particularly the creation account in Genesis, and reject mainstream scientific evidence for an old Earth and the universe.
  3. YEC proponents typically deny the theory of evolution by natural selection, instead believing that all living organisms were created by God in their current forms, in a process known as “special creation.”
  4. YEC is explicitly religious in nature, and its proponents often work to reconcile scientific observations with their interpretation of biblical texts. For example, the Great Flood in Genesis.
  5. YEC is not considered a scientific theory and is rejected by the vast majority of scientists, as it contradicts a large body of well-established scientific evidence from multiple disciplines, including geology, astronomy, and biology.

Intelligent Design and Young Earth Creationism are both perspectives that argue for the involvement of an intelligent agent in the origin of life and the universe. However, ID is more open to the mainstream scientific consensus on the age of the Earth and the universe, while YEC is firmly rooted in a religious and literal interpretation of key biblical texts.

Personal Clarification

I believe in the God of the Abrahamic religions, a God most fully revealed in Jesus of Nazareth, the Jewish Messiah (Christ). But, I don’t believe in a literal Six day creation of the Heavens and Earth. Most ID proponents would affirm the same. But not all are Theists like myself.

Moving Forward

In the next year this blog will curate the most useful evidence for Creational Design among the hundreds available: books, articles, videos, and other resources. I hope you’ll learn from these. I know I will. And that you’ll gain a greater respect for God’s Good Creation. And most importantly, the Good Creator as well.

For those who might challenge the intellectual heft and rigor of ID Creationism, I challenge you to watch an episode of an interview show called Uncommon Knowledge. Uncommon Knowledge is affiliated with a Stanford University public policy think tank called The Hoover Institution. This two month old video already has 1.6 million views. Not bad for a topic like this one.

You will find the interview in a post scheduled for tomorrow; Who’s Dead, God or Charles Darwin?

But for now check out this short video and the array of scientists who support ID.

Video provided by Discovery Science.

Let me finish with a quote from NASA Astrophysicist Robert Jastrow1 Robert Jastrow was an American astronomer and planetary physicist who was a NASA scientist, populist author and futurist. He was the founding director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and a professor of geophysics at Columbia University.  He wrote several books on astronomy, cosmology, and the relationship between science and religion, such as “Red Giants and White Dwarfs: The Evolution of Stars”, “God and the Astronomers”, and “The Enchanted Loom: Mind in the Universe”. He died on February 8, 2008 at the age of 82. So far as I know, he remained an agnostic.

From Jastrow’s book “God and the Astronomers” (1978) he writes:

“For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance, he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”

This quote expresses Jastrow’s view that scientific discoveries of the last 100 years led modern scientists inexorably to a shocking encounter with the old idea of a Creator.

Not a Bad Dream, But Good News