TO REJECT YEC IS LIKE BAAL WORSHIP? — If you don’t agree with Answers in Genesis president Ken Ham, you are a compromiser. You might even be a closet Baal worshiper. Mr. Ham recently singled out Hank Hanegraff (who is “The Bible Answer Man” on the radio) as a compromiser because he doesn’t believe that leviathan and behemoth (in Job 40-41) were something like a plesiosaur and a brachiosaurus, respectively. Ham equates Hanegraff’s “compromise” with the Israelite’s worship of Baal, and states that The Bible Answer Man is attacking and undermining the authority of God’s infallible word by accepting an old Earth and rejecting the YEC reading of dinosaurs into the Bible.
I’m not making this up. If you don’t believe that dinosaurs are in the Bible, you are a compromiser.
I’ve written about the YEC “dinosaurs in the Bible” invention previously: The ESV Study Bible on creation — Dinosaurs in Job?
THE NEED FOR OLD-EARTH HOMESCHOOLING — From Christianity Today: A New Creation Story: Why do more homeschoolers want evolution in their textbooks?
“Many homeschool parents contact me or show up at my office and quietly say, ‘Is there anything besides [YEC]?’ ” said Kenneth Turner, a theology professor at the traditionally YEC [Bryan] college who homeschools.
(It is interesting that Bryan College is a YEC school, while William Jennings Bryan was an old-Earther).
GLOBAL WARMING AND JESUS’ SECOND COMING — Climate Change Study: Religious Belief In Second Coming Of Christ Could Slow Global Warming Action. This doesn’t surprise me, given the “disposable Earth” attitude toward the environment of many conservative Evangelicals. Like young-Earth creationism, this attitude towards the Earth is neither Biblically correct nor scientifically valid.
SAUDI ARABIA ON MY DOORSTEP — The Bakken is booming. Companies line up to drill after survey shows Dakota oil, gas fields far bigger than believed.
“These world-class formations contain even more energy resource potential than previously understood, which is important information as we continue to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign sources of oil,” newly confirmed Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday in a statement.
The new U.S. Geological Survey estimates there are 7.4 billion barrels of oil, 6.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 0.53 billion barrels of natural gas liquids in the Bakken and Three Forks Formations in the Williston Basin Province of Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.
7 thoughts on “Around the web 5/17/2013 — A Christian leader who is really a Baal worshiper, Old-Earth Christian homeschooling, and more…”
Thanks again for your tireless research into the absurdities of YEC. This must be countered!
Mike — my research is sometimes tiring rather than tireless. I get weary of the controversy at times. But thanks for the encouragement.
I heard a lot of the natural gas from the Bakken was just burned off. What a waste. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/27/business/energy-environment/in-north-dakota-wasted-natural-gas-flickers-against-the-sky.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
tkhelble — Yes, there aren’t enough pipelines for the natural gas, and there is not enough demand to justify building more pipelines. So it is burned. It is a terrible waste, but money decides everything.
NASA Earth Observatory has an image of the nighttime gas flares: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=79810.
Kevin, I admire your tenacity and desire to have a patient attitude with people. The fact that someone can be called a Baal worshiper for not agreeing about what a leviathan was should indicate that there really is no reasoning nor fellowship possible with some (not all!) YEC true-believers. If you don’t agree with someone’s “literal” reading of the Bible that a leviathan creature was something like a plesiosaur, then you are no different from the Baal worshipers who sacrificed children? Really? Is the world really that black and white? Are we now down to the fact that on one side there are a few people who are “really” saved and they know that the leviathan was a plesiosaur and that is important because… well, it’s just important! And then on the other side there are the vast multitude of people who are so blinded by Satan that they don’t know what a leviathan was, and these people, churchgoers or not, are no different from Baal worshipers! Really now!
I’m sorry. I got so angry I had to get it out of my system. Yes, we should have a Christ-like attitude even if the favor is not returned. And that can be a witness of sorts, with people seeing someone patiently trying to show a Christ-like attitude vs. someone spewing, “Baal worshiper!” But I do get very angry when I hear an orthodox Christian being called all sorts of horrible names over some very minor thing. And I do believe that people, whether they are YEC, Theistic Evolutionists, whatever, if they call themselves Christians and use such unjustifiable language against someone, they should be called to task. I also tend to think that whatever side uses the most insults when it is trying to get its ideas across is the side least likely to have the facts on its side.
Jacob — As I said, I’m not making this up. Ham said that Hanegraff “has to explain away literal references to man and dinosaurs living alongside each other in Genesis.” In the next paragraph Ham stated that Hanegraff’s acceptance of an old Earth and denial of dinosaurs in the Bible is “really no different than the Israelites mixing with the Baal worship of their day.”
I believe you, such name calling is all too common from the YEC fanatics. That is why I got so mad reading about it. There is a point where stuff like that gets sick, which is why I lampooned Ham’s “Baal worshiper” comments.