Ken Ham is an excellent marketer and salesperson for Young Earth Creationism.
I should know — much of my professional background is in marketing, working with some of the most talented marketers and sales people on the planet.
I got the chance to hear Ken Ham. He was speaking at a home schooling conference my wife and I attended.
What I experienced from Ken Hams was masterful rhetorical skill; skillfully crafted,
fear-driven persuasion; and artful manipulation of the audience’s emotions to get them to buy into his vision of Creationism.
I grew up a Young Earth Creationist. It sounded fantastic when I was 14. But in time I came to recognize that in order for Ham’s vision of where we came from to make sense, you have to dramatically revise most of our modern, scientifically-verifiable understanding of life and the universe. (The speed of light, for example.)
Young Earth Creationism played a major role in my brother Bryan losing faith and becoming an agnostic. YEC backfires badly on the smartest and most curious students. Bright kids walk away from faith literally every day because Ken Ham forces them to choose between the Bible and science.
This leaves Christian parents heartbroken, terrified and defensive. It makes for tense conversations with your 22-year-old college senior at Thanksgiving dinner.
This launched my 10-year journey of writing Evolution 2.0.
By refusing to consider that secular science may have some accurate facts — dismissing them whole cloth — Young Earth Creationists cannot have a productive conversation with people who understand empirical science.
This kind of stubbornness leaves you stuck.
This destroys the credibility required to have a meaningful conversation with non-Christian people.
When folks like Ham stand up and claim to speak for all Christians, we lose face in the debate.
The good news is, there’s a better narrative that allows for God and evolution — religion and science — to coexist. One where all of modern science’s discoveries only support the mystery of God, not debunk it.
This video may give you a new perspective…
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