There is this thing called the Discovery Center in Abilene, Texas.
It is a strongly YEC organization. Chick tracts, arguments that Darwin’s ideas led to Hitler’s policy of ethnic cleansing, etc.
They are definitely inspired by ICR and Answers in Genesis.
But there are three Christian universities in Abilene. How conservative or liberal, I don’t know.
This director guy is named Paul Cornelius.
I should mention Abilene is two hours west of Fort Worth, where historically the “Wild West” began. Cowboy and outlaw history are a big part of the Abilene area.
But Paul said something striking when I asked about the support network of churches and pastors behind his museum.
He said a lot of pastors quietly support what he is doing and what his museum stands for.
But they hardly ever mention science issues from the pulpit, because they are afraid.
Afraid of alienating their own people.
I heard from a Dallas pastor that “pastors are only the help”. The real power rests with the elders or wealthy families or somebody else in leadership of the church.
Something has shifted generationally.
Suddenly it seems antievolutionist institutes like ICR or Discovery realize Christian people respect mainstream science a lot. Or at least their kids do. Maybe Bill Nye on PBS has something to do with that.
So now Discovery has decided to take down Nye. A simple target in a binary battle.
But pastors don’t face binary systems. They face pluralism within their congregations. Ad they are scared about alienating people.