Has anyone else ever encountered anything like this?
I was speaking to a YEC friend in church on Sunday. I said that one of my main concerns about the creation and evolution debate is that when people come across material from Answers in Genesis and the like, they rush into the debate with all guns blazing, and just make it obvious to everyone that they haven’t a clue what they are talking about. I said to him that the things that people say can and will be fact-checked, so he does need to be careful.
He just shrugged his shoulders and said, “Doesn’t bother me.”
I’m not sure whether he realised the implications of what he was saying—but the whole point I was trying to make was that he could easily put himself in a position where he is spouting demonstrable and incontrovertible untruths. Ones that would portray not only himself but the entire church as reckless and dishonest on the matter.
People such as Glenn Morton have reported that you get this kind of attitude in the YEC leadership, but has anyone else encountered it among rank and file YEC supporters—an attitude that they simply don’t care that they might be found to be telling demonstrable lies?
It’s particularly disturbing in the current climate of concern about fake news and the “post-truth” society, but aren’t we as Christians supposed to be a bastion against all that kind of stuff?