I’ve been thinking about this question a lot since I saw @DennisVenema mention it somewhere on here.
YECs will just keep on trucking against the scientific consensus, coming up with their own scientific conclusions and arguments in opposition. They’ve been doing that up until now and the fact that their claims don’t stand up against the evidence (from both the bible and science) hasn’t put them off. If anything, it’s strengthened their zeal for their view.
But with OECs it’s a different story. They agree Genesis 1 shouldn’t be read literally, they accept the scientific consensus on the age of the earth; so far so good. But they stop when it comes to common ancestry even though (in my layman’s opinion) the data is equally as strong as for an ancient earth, if not in fact much stronger.
If they’re happy to accept that the earth is ancient, how long can they continue go against the scientific consensus and resist common ancestry, particularly on the genomics side of things which, again, in my layman’s opinion, is so clear and compelling?
Don’t get me wrong: I respect and profit from the work of many OECs, I just think that given they accept (to use Darrel Falk’s metaphor in Coming To Peace With Science) one of the core tenets of modern science (an ancient earth), how long can they not accept the other (common ancestry)?