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Why are so many Christians so scared of the doctrine of creation?

An interesting by Joel Belz at World Magazine:

The big problem now, though, isn’t that those “bad” people out there—the academics, the scientists, the big media people, and the people who run national parks and museums—leave God out of the discussion. The big problem more and more is that those of us who profess to be believers have to such a large extent joined them in their silence. So theoretically, we are still creationists. But practically speaking, we don’t let our allegiance to that great truth affect us much in everyday life. We’ve become scared to talk out loud, at least in public company.

via WORLD Mobile | Silent submission | April 18, 2014.

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

3 Responses to Why are so many Christians so scared of the doctrine of creation?

  1. Yet, isn’t the answer really simple? The author himself refers to the embarrassment caused by taking a creationist position. If this was last generation, then the new generation is no longer just embarrassed; they are unequipped. This is because their pastors were so embarrassed that they gave up the discussion and declared the debate a side issue that is irrelevant to the Christian faith. So instead of being instructed to think biblically, the new generation are simply told to forget about it and hold whatever belief they want – preferably, theistic evolution of some kind. Entrenched in secular thinking and with no training to think biblically, most Christians will therefore think just like that woman in the pew in front: we take our cues from society and uncritically adopt such thinking, even if it is illogical and incongruent with what the Bible actually teaches.
    Or is there more to it?

  2. It’s a strange assumption to argue that those who base their entire life around a man rising from the dead would be afraid to look foolish in regards to the age of the universe.

  3. Let’s not forget it does not stop with looking foolish: it may mean loss of ‘friends’, employment, forfeiting chances of promotion, and general social alienation from those who don’t agree (in the West, probably >95% of the population). Think of Ben Stein’s EXPELLED and you realize it can come close to persecution, albeit short of martyrdom.
    The same can be said for denying man-made climate change or stating that gay people live in sin. Say the ‘wrong’ thing in public and the world as you knew it comes to a sudden end. It’s not longer about who has better arguments but about social acceptance. You can still say the resurrection took place but if you say one of those others, you’re out!

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