Some Christians view passages from the Bible as allegorical stories meant to shape their beliefs and value systems; others believe in the Young Earth theory, or the idea that the book of Genesis is factual truth, and the Earth was created in six, 24-hour days by God 10,000 years ago. According to this brand of creationism, everything that inhabits the Earth - all of the flora and fauna - are not products of evolution, but rather intelligent design.
Believers claim there is evidence for a young Earth, but all of their evidence is corroborated by God and based in self-serving pseudosciences. These creationism theories are as out-there as flat-Earth theories and dinosaur conspiracy theories. Believers of the Young Earth theory are willfully ignorant, disregarding irrefutable evidence that the Earth is actually billions of years old.
Young Earth Creationists Believe Evolutionary Biology Does Not Fall Under The Category Of Science
This concept is so backwards that it is a bit hard to follow. Young Earth creationists believe that certain sciences - like medicine, genetic research, and agriculture - fall under the umbrella of "Operational Sciences." This artificial classification is made so Young Earth creationists can place evolutionary biology in another arbitrary class of its own. By creating these two different "branches" of study, Young Earth creationists are able to view evolutionary biology not as a science, but strictly as an attack on their religious beliefs. Scientists aren't studying evolution to draw conclusions on our Earth's past or the future of medicine - they are doing it to prove that God isn't real!
Creationists Believe God Made Fossils And Noah's Flood Wiped Out Dinosaurs
Fossils have frequently - and correctly - been cited as evidence of evolution. Instead of accepting scientific dating tools, Young Earth creationists argue that fossils are evidence that the Earth is as young as they claim. The Institute for Creation Research uses the following argument:
"First note that very few fossils are forming today and then only in the case of rapid burial by water. For instance what happens to a fish when it dies? It either floats to the surface or sinks to the bottom where it decays and is eaten by scavengers. Yet many fish fossils are so exquisitely preserved that even the scales and organs are preserved. Obviously there was no time for decay and bacterial action. We can certainly say that something extraordinary happened to form the fossils."
When they say "something extraordinary," happened, they mean that either God intervened to make the formation of this fossil possible, or that the Earth has to be as young as they claim because the fish fossils found by scientists are too intact to be older than 10,000 years.
As for dinosaurs? Noah's flood wiped them out. With the exception of Noah, his family, and the animals on the ark, every other animal was wiped out - and perhaps fossilized - during the Great Flood. Using a brand of pseudoscience known as flood geology, they propose that the fossil record can be explained by this cataclysmic event.
Some Believers Are So Convinced That They Even Built A Replica Ark
A group of Young Earth creationists based in Kentucky are so ardent in their support of the theory that in 2015, they decided to build a replica of Noah’s Ark. The massive ship cost $90 million to construct, and it was built to the exact measurements given in the Bible. The replica ark was a staggering 510 feet long and was set to be used as a museum to teach visitors about Young Earth creationism. In 2018, the ark expanded to a 2,500 seat auditorium for concerts and guest lectures.
Young Earth Creationism Gained Momentum In The '60s, Thanks To A 'Scientific' Book Detailing The Flood
Despite its rather archaic interpretation of the Bible, Young Earth creationism is a fairly recent invention. It originated as a fully fledged thought system in the 1960s, spearheaded by Christian apologist and engineer Henry M. Morris. In 1961, Morris used hydraulic engineer training and knowledge of water movement to write The Genesis Flood, an attempted systematic scientific account for creationism.
Although nearly all accounts in the book are rejected by mainstream scientists, Young Earth creationists still cling onto the 'scientific' arguments presented in the book as a foundation for their beliefs.