I have been invited to a YEC class at a huge megachurch here in Dallas called Lakepointe.
On the east side of Dallas, this must be the most influential church system. It has several satellite campuses; the total Christmas Eve attendance was 42,000; it is very sociologically savvy about singles, addicts, and divorced couples.
YEC dominates most conservative Protestant churches I have seen in Dallas. ID occaisonally does appear, as Stephen Meyer spoke to an audience of about 300 at a Church of Christ here.
Evolutionary creationism? Haven’t seen any evidence of it at all among Protestants I have met here. Maybe that is an exaggeration, as the conversation about science has not always come up.
These culture warriors seem to be acting out of a desire to save America from evolution and its social impacts as they perceive them. They see their antievolutionism as redemptive, as part of Christian faithfulness to tear down the wisdom of the world, replacing it with the “foolishness” of the Gospel.
I cannot figure out what kind of battle this is, and who the opposition is.
But I am seeing these types of antievolutionist classes pop up regularly in the neighborhood here, taught normally by intelligent and zealous laymen usually not informed by a sense of historical context.
If you have any stories about engaging this type of individual in this type of church context, it would be a great help.
I will try to respond to your replies within about four days.