I know this is a rabbit trail, but one reason YEC has allure is that Christians are taught there’s only one way Genesis can be true, because…
That writes off too much of what the Bible calls truth as nothing. When a builder judges whether a wall is true, they’re not talking about whether it exists but how well it aligns with the floor and other walls. Likewise, the Bible often speaks of truth in a moral sense:
“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, for all his works are truth, and his ways are justice; and he is able to bring low those who walk in pride.” (Daniel 4:37)
“But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.” (John 3:21)
“If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true.” (1 John 1:6)
Real actions can themselves be judged as either true or false (see also Judges 9:16; Ezekiel 18:8; Daniel 4:37). Their truth isn’t based on whether they happened, but whether they are good and godly. Laws can be true (Nehemiah 9:13; Psalm 119:150–151). That doesn’t mean they correspond with what actually happens, but that they are good.
Truth is portrayed as an object that may be searched for or possessed (Jeremiah 5:1; Psalm 119:43; 1 John 1:8), or a path that one follows (Psalm 86:11; 2 Peter 2:2; 3 John 1:3–4). Even if a man who enjoys torturing others is known for making honest statements (“This will hurt quite a bit”; “I’m a very bad man”), he’s not true in the biblical sense because he’s not following the way of truth. Jesus’ claim to be truth (John 14:6) isn’t merely saying that Jesus made accurate statements about reality. After all, Jesus’ preferred way of speaking truth was fiction. Biblically, truth is so much more than – and often other than – propositional statements.