Bryn is learning about dinosaurs at school. I tried to ignore the worksheet that came home with the millions of years crossed out to read "dinosaurs roamed the earth thousands of years ago". My hope was that it was a one day lesson and the brief explanation I gave about what I believe to be the age of the earth was enough to counter whatever lesson had been given. Boy, was I wrong.
Aaron and I have both noticed a trend toward belief in "Young Earth Creationism" in our students. Any resident of Kansas would have to have been asleep for the past decade to not have some knowledge of Intelligent Design vs. Evolution, but I was not really aware that young earth creationism had become such a popular idea. Maybe I didn't want to know or maybe I just wasn't paying attention. But Bryn's school teaching it has sure made me sit up and take notice.
In all fairness, Bryn's school can teach whatever it wants to teach as it is a private religious school. But I have a hard time subscribing to (and an even harder time paying for!) the notion that the earth is 6000 years old, that dinosaurs lived with humans, that all animals were plant eaters before Eve ate the apple (since there was no killing or death before that) and that there were "teenage" dinosaurs on Noah's ark (that way they were small enough to fit in there with Noah and the rest). To me it is not a far leap to the idea that science and religion can't work together and that all scientists are atheistic heathens doomed to an eternity in hell. I find this hard to believe as I happen to know many scientists (myself included) who believe in God as the Creator and still can subscribe to the idea that the earth is billions of years old and that evolution does occur.
Is there biblical support for young earth creationism? Yes. Is there biblical and scientific evidence against young earth creationism? Yes. I happen to believe that there is more against than for. And I think that people that ignore this evidence do a massive disservice to Christianity by pretending that any scientific evidence contrary to their views simply does not exist. I do not think this kind of ignornace proves that a person's faith is strong. I believe it proves they are ignorant.
Anyway, it just makes me sad that this kind of information is being presented to my child as the final word, the only viewpoint and the ultimate truth. But I suppose it is what I signed up for. Now I guess I just have to un-sign up...