“Laban took all of Jacob’s striped and spotted cows. But Jacob had a bright idea! He cut stripes and spots into the bark of trees and placed his herd in front of them while they mated. When they gave birth, the babies were striped and spotted, indeed!” – Genesis 30:37-39
Creationism teaches kids to not think critically. In the beginning, the earth was flat. No, the Bible doesn’t say this, it was just man’s original naive assumption, born not out of willful ignorance, but limited experience. Luckily societies continued to evolve – gaining knowledge, understanding, and discernment. Applying these new experiences drives us to ask bigger and bigger questions about the world we live in, each generation enjoying the discoveries of the past as we dream of the future and gain new understanding of the origins of life and our place in the universe. Progress!
Then there are the self described “literal creationists” like Ken Ham and his organizations – Answers In Genesis and the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY. In my years of ministry, I had many opportunities to partner with AIG on various events and projects. I will admit, sitting through a number of Ham’s lectures, I found myself nodding my head to many of his signature taglines based around the Bible being 100% true and inerrant. Ham’s steadfast convictions do make you question your own beliefs (as well as logic and science).
Unfortunately, he is also a vocal opponent of science education in the classroom. Recently, he vigorously defended a Christian school’s bizarre 4th grade science quiz in his article “Intolerant Atheists Viciously Attack Christian School” after some parents took issue with the quiz’s stance on a young earth, vegetarian dinosaurs living with humans, a global flood, the “History Book Of The World,” and this last question:
Q: The next time someone says that the earth is billions of years old, what can you say?
A: Were you there?