Hi! I’ve lurked around here for years, but never made an account or posted. So I’ll try to be succinct.
Over the past 10 years since Bible college I’ve been slowly leaving YEC. To the point where now I wouldn’t consider my beliefs YEC, but something closer to evolutionary creation. So here I am in my 30s, working a dead end job, but
none the less totally enjoying viewing God’s creation through new, more serious lenses. However…
The Struggle: I’ve been learning and relearning. Hearing facts and seeing new discoveries for the first time. It’s all quite exciting. For me, the learning bit has not been the struggle.
It’s the double whammy of hiding (avoiding the issue) my personal journey from most of my friends and family and the constant stream of “evidences”, cliches and platitudes from YEC. This experience, I realize, is common and it is closely tied with Christian fundamentalism and even political partisanship. It’s clear many millennials and others have been digging out of fundamentalism and looking for balance, while maintaining orthodoxy. At least that is my goal.
Here’s the root issue for me (closely tied with my “plea to Biologos”). YEC has created an infrastructure of “facts” and responses. Sometimes literally in book form. Disproving this x or proving y. The stream of content is breathtaking and it has fully saturated some circles of evangelical Christianity. It’s very difficult to wade through because there’s an “answer” for everything.
My plea is simply for Biologos to release a book or podcast series with the express interest of countering the claims of YEC. And aggressively while still being kind. I don’t mean vaguely dancing around the issue or teaching evolution. I mean here’s a claim made by YEC and here’s why and how it’s wrong. Claim after claim dismantling of YEC organized in book or at the very least podcast form.
I can appreciate that not every Christian has grown up YEC, but for those who have it’s my experience that the journey out is quite messy. So much misinformation and even lies. We need more literature directly combating YEC. There’s not near enough out there to help the Christian wade through this journey. Specifically dealing with YEC’s counterfactuals. Hugh Ross’s “A Matter of Days” is awfully lonely when it comes to a more direct approach in dealing with YEC. So certainly, the brilliant and kind people at Biologos should be doing the same.
(Sorry! Not so succinct)