Basically my dissertation for Florida led me to do oral history with living creationists that as much I knew Ronald Numbers and Edward Larson had not interviewed.
I thought, why not interview them while they are still around?
So I found out that essentially they are a community in lamentation. They lament what has happened to Christian children raised on the Bible from grandma’s knee. They lament the 1960s. Almost all of it.
I read this book called “The World the Sixties Made”. It celebrated the 1960s as the moment of the greatest expansion of democracy for the largest number of people in American history.
But this was not the creationists. The white evangelical males who I suspect made up part of the “silent majority” Nixon believed recoiled at marching in the streets and civil unrest.
So now I am at a community college in Dallas. I have students like Nataly and Edgar coming from Christian backgrounds. Millenials.
The school is practically surrounded by four Southern Baptist churches that I am almost sure are young-earth creationist.
Meanwhile, I have not met a single person associated with the ASA or BioLogos in Dallas churches in three years. So I am deeply isolated here.
I wonder what I should say to Nataly and Edgar for the brief time they see me.