Hi, all! I wanted to introduce myself and ask about experiences sharing EC with YEC family members.
I’m Amanda. I’m a homeschool graduate currently pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Applied Linguistics, with the desire of being involved in the linguistic aspects of minority language Bible translation (which, as I understand it, @Christy is involved in?).
To make a long story short, I grew up in a Christian home and was homeschooled all the way through high school. I was introduced to YEC through a conference by Ken Ham at a megachurch near me. I was about 13 years old at the time and I was fascinated. I got hooked on apologetics in general, and creationism specifically, in my early teen years.
My senior year of high school I had the privilege of learning speech & debate from a retired professor of communications (and retired assistant pastor) at my local homeschool co-op. He was a brilliant man, and a strong proponent of Intelligent Design. But he always pushed us students to fearlessly and relentlessly seek the truth. We got uncomfortably close to controversial issues in that class, and it changed my life. The last topic we tackled that year was evolution and creation, but we weren’t able to get very far into it. Just enough that I began to look into “the other side.” I had learned from my teacher just how important it was to never assume you understand the other side without truly searching it out for yourself.
My freshman year of college at a public research university, I took two general science classes: Intro to Earth Science and History of Life on Earth (evolution 101 + formation of the world, etc.). I entered the first class expecting a battle, and determined to relentlessly pursue the truth. Unexpectedly, I ended up developing a fantastic relationship with my professor, and two months into the semester, I told her my beliefs about evolution. She was kind but firm and immediately assured me that she would never belittle my beliefs, but that in her class I was expected to learn what the evidence said. She told me that science and faith were not at war and sent me to BioLogos. Over the course of that semester and the following one, also taught by her, she was incredibly patient and supportive of all my questions broached in office hours, class, and emails. Without the relationship I had with her, I would not be where I am today.
I wanted all the loose ends tied up by the end of that second semester, but I didn’t get that. I did, however, discover the book How I Changed My Mind About Evolution and I cried my way through it. That book plus 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 gave me the peace I needed by the close of that class.
“And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
It took about a year of processing after that class before I decided for good to accept the “messy solution” of God as the creator and evolution as my current best understanding of God’s mechanism. I wrote a more detailed version of my journey about two months ago, and I gave it to my professor (who I still have a great relationship with) a couple weeks ago. She cried, I cried, and it was beautiful and painful at the same time.
And now? I don’t know how to interact with my family (and friends, and church) in this area. I hate feeling like a fraud for sitting silently when YEC stuff comes up in sermons, family discussions, etc. I write for an apologetics website which is not strictly YEC, but most of the members heavily lean towards it. I don’t know how to walk out the life change that comes with a mind and heart change.
Any experience or wisdom would be appreciated. Thank you already for all those who contribute to BioLogos and the related books, etc.