Questions tagged [young-earth-creation]

Belief that the earth is only a few thousand years old, typically based on a literal interpretation of Genesis 1.

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How do young earth creationists reconcile the age of the universe with the speed of light, and visible distant objects?

I am not trying to be argumentative, this is an earnest question, as this question got me in huge trouble when I was growing up attending a southern baptist Christian middle school. This question (and ...
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What is the physical evidence for a global flood?

Young Earth Creationists believe in a young earth, followed by a literal global flood based on the belief that Scripture is written as history. Often, in comments, discussion forums, and discussions ...
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How do Young Earth Creationists account for civilisations with histories going back five thousand years or more?

How do Young Earth Creationists account for the fact that some cultures have been continuously measuring the years for almost five millenia?
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What is the case for interpreting the Genesis creation account literally?

I think we can all agree that the entire Bible is not meant to be taken literally. Consider the Song of Solomon (what would his lover look like if we take it literally?) or the book of Revelation. ...
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Why do Young-Earth Creationists make such a big deal about the YEC view

For anyone who's unfamiliar with what the Young-Earth view, here's a starting point. I want to start out by saying that this question is not about whether or not the YEC view it true. It's not about ...
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To a YEC, how does a metaphorical interpretation of Genesis 1-3 distort the gospel?

In my conversations with Young Earth Creationists (YECs), I have on occasion heard the argument that I must interpret Genesis literally, otherwise the entire gospel, culminating at salvation, crumbles....
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What is Young-Earth Creationism, and how is it argued for?

What is Young-Earth Creationism, and the Biblical basis for it?
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Is the age of the earth in the Bible? [duplicate]

Early scientists thought that the age of the earth is proven by the genealogical tables in the book of Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John. Other than this observation, is there any reference to the direct ...
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How do creationists explain the genetic diversity of animals after Noah's Ark?

One of the comments on How did all the animals fit into Noah's ark? asked "How does one propose to produce the various species/sub-species simply from 'some sort of cat', after the fact?" This was ...
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How do young earth creationists explain the evidence for ice ages?

I am interested to know how those with a "Young Earth" viewpoint (i.e., the earth is approximately 6,000 years old) see the apparent evidence of the ice ages, i.e. that ice sheets formed and eroded ...
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Where does the belief that the Earth is relatively young (6000 years) come from?

Some christians believe the Earth is only 6000 to 12,000 years old. Where does this age originate from?
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Where did the Young Earth Creationist doctrine originate?

I heard the other day that the literalist interpretation of biblical creation (A literal 7 day creation of the universe) isn't the classical historical interpretation that past Christians held. I was ...
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Is there a biblical reason to limit information about creation to Genesis?

Here's a debate between Hugh Ross of "Reasons to Believe" and Ken Ham. These men are popular spokesmen for each of Old Earth and Young Earth Creationism, respectively. In the hour-long discussion, ...
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How do Young Earth Creationists explain artifacts dated to 20,000 years ago or more? [duplicate]

Many creationists and Christians believe the earth is around 6000 years old. I am taking art history and some of the artifacts or pieces of art that were created by humans back then had been carbon ...
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Do Young Earth Creationists believe that insects, microorganisms, and animal cells died before the Fall?

As explained in answers to other questions,1 2 young-earth creationists (YECs) believe that there was no animal death prior to the Fall. They accept that plants must have "died," since man and now-...
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What influence did Greco-Roman philosophy have on the doctrine of “creatio ex nihilo”?

Background Frequently, Creationists and Theistic Evolutionists will appeal to and debate/discuss the idea of "Creatio Ex Nihilo" (Latin for "creation from nothing") with some critiquing the concept ...
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According to the young-earth perspective, when were races created?

From Genesis, God created Adam and Eve. How come we have so many races on earth if we came from the same parent? Is it because people changed physically by adapting to various climates? Or races were ...
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Where did viruses come from, according to Young Earth Creationists?

Viruses are quite nasty germs. Whereas bacteria serve many useful purposes and we need them, I wonder what the purpose of viruses in God's creation could be. Does Young Earth Creationism address what ...
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What is the evidence for the claim that Young Earth Creationism was the mainstream viewpoint in ancient times?

In my previous question, I asked about the origins of the modern Young Earth Creationism movement, especially in America. Originally, the question asked when the YEC belief (mainly with regards to a ...
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Where do those who say Noah's flood was an actual event say the water went?

According to those who say Noah's flood was an actual global event, Where did the flood waters go when they subsided? Myself and others have researched this and could not answer it honestly and ...
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What do the Amish believe with respect to Creationism?

I realize there are numerous denominations of the Amish, but I'm wondering whether any or all of them believe in the literal, six-day creation and a six-thousand-year-old earth. I've looked in many ...
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When and why did the modern literal 6-Day creation theory become popular?

Historically, Creationists tended to fall into two broad categories, those who subscribe to the Day-Age theory (the idea that the days in Genesis 1 represent ages of indeterminate length, not 24 hour ...
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What is the purpose of the Tree of Life according to YEC?

According to Young-Earth creationism, what was the purpose of the Tree of Life? Genesis 3:22 says that it would make whomever were to eat from the tree immortal. But according to Young-Earth theology,...
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Does Scripture mention whether it rained before the flood?

I've often heard it said that the flood of Noah was the first time that the earth experienced rain. This is the passage people use: Genesis 2:5-6 ESV When no bush of the field was yet in the land ...
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Why did human lifespans drop after the Flood?

In Genesis 5, a brief account of the lives of Adam's descendants is narrated. All of them had long lives, for instance, Adam lived 930 years, Seth lived 912 years, etc. But in Genesis 6:3, God seems ...
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How do Young Earth Creationists explain the teeth of animals if there was no death before the fall?

Before the fall of man, did lions and tigers and other sharp-toothed animals have the flesh eating type of teeth? After looking at their teeth structure it seems that their teeth would have a terrible ...
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Have Creationists advanced any particular Theories of Origin that they claim are falsifiable via the scientific method?

This is an attempt at an on-topic and useful version of this question - any edits or feedback to ensure that it meets both of those aims are welcome. To clarify the key term in use: ...
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How do creationists address the similarity between Irreducible Complexity and God Of The Gaps?

"God Of The Gaps" refers to using holes in our understanding of the universe as an argument for God. It is rejected by modern creationists, as it is by Christians generally. However, the ...
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When and why did the modern Young Earth Creationism movement gain such a large following?

Flimzy, in his answer here points out that Historically, Jewish and Christian scholars have not considered the creation account to mean a 6 literal day creation. The earliest scholars to even ...
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If Noah's Flood was a historical global flood then how is the evidence that Egypt was founded before the Flood explained? [duplicate]

The common consensus is that Noah's flood occurred around the 2200-2300 BCE. If this is so, then how could Egypt have been founded by Narmer in 3100 BCE? Is Mizraim the founder of Egypt? Or is Mizraim ...
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According to the YEC view, did the animals eat the forbidden fruit?

Assuming the Young Earth Creationist view that the Genesis account is literal history... When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit they were condemned to death which caused every subsequent human to ...
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What mainstream denominations (if any) hold a Young Earth Creationist view? [closed]

As the title asks, which mainstream denominations hold a YEC View?
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What is the significance of Eve being created as a “helper fit for [Adam]?”

The Bible appears to indicate that there was a specific purpose in the creation of Eve, from Adam, to be a helper fit for him. It seems, then, that the design of Adam and Eve may be distinct, while ...
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What is the relationship between YEC and rapture theology?

I'm curious about the relationship between those who adhere to young-earth creationism, and those who adhere to Rapture theology (as expressed in the Left Behind series, for example, and similar ...
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To the YEC, did God make a single male/female pair of each kind of animal?

Genesis 1:21-22 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird ...
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How do YECs respond to the lack of non-Christian buy-in to their “creation science”?

The history of science is full of cases where a new, sound scientific theory didn't catch on right away, and was ridiculed by the scientific community, sometimes for decades or centuries, before ...
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LDS Church view: was the earth and all life on it created in six 24-hour days?

I was looking for information on whether, according to the LDS Church, the "days" in Genesis chapter 1 are literal 24-hour days or something else. I found this article at lds.org (aimed at a younger ...
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How do creationists explain some recent hominid discoveries

Recent discoveries of more than 15 complete fossilised skeletons of a newly defined early human designated Homo naledi are yet to be dated, but scientists say their primitive features, small brains ...
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Why don't young-earth creationists just explain things (usually considered as miracles) as miracles?

I've observed some young-earth creationists attempt to link the worldwide flood of Noah's day with melting icebergs. While not critical of the science behind such an explanation, I would really like ...
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Who was the first major Christian figure to popularize a figurative interpretation of Genesis?

I assume that the church for a majority of its existence has assumed a plain interpretation of Genesis. However it's easy to see the church of the last 50 years adopt a more figurative interpretation ...
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How do Young Earth Creationists account for the arising of millions of species after the flood?

In this debate, about 1:07:18, Bill Nye calculated that about 11 species per day must have been born since the time of the flood in order for the millions of current species to have evolved* from the ...
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How do YECs interpret waters above the expanse in Genesis 1?

According to Protestant Young Earth Creationists what are the waters above the expanse in Genesis 1? Day four says the expanse contains the stars sun and moon so I do not think it can be the ...
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Why do some Christians believe a very young Earth?

AFAIK, some Young Earth Creationists (YEC) believe that Earth was created less than 10000 years ago; that is a relatively small interval before the creation of human beings. However, I also perceive ...
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Do Lutherans believe in a literal interpretation of Genesis?

Do Lutherans believe that the story of Adam and Eve and all the book of Genesis is to be taken as literal truth?
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Why don't creationists teach a literal firmament anymore?

People don't seem to believe in the firmament as a literal barrier of water up in the sky that collapsed at Noah's flood. I want to say they don't believe in the firmament anymore, but I am doubtful ...
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Prior to the scientific consensus regarding the age of mankind, were there any theologians who argued that the date of Adam's creation was unknowable?

Prior to modern scientific consensus regarding the age of mankind, were there any theologians who argued that the chronology in Genesis 1-11 could not be used to calculate the date of Adam's creation?
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Does Young Earth Creationism teach that Adam and Eve only had a concept of morality after the fall?

Does Young Earth Creationism teach that Adam and Eve only had a concept of morality after the fall, once they had eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? If so, would they have been ...
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Does Christianity allow allegorical readings of creation and the deluge? [closed]

Please forgive me, I'm not Christian but I have wondered: Why do Christians seem to try to prove Noah's flood or a young earth? Considering the overwhelming evidence for human and geologic history ...
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Did God change the DNA and genetics of Adam's rib? [closed]

I recently read an article which talked about Mitochondrial DNA, and it placed quite a bit of emphasis on how different female DNA was from male DNA. It even went so far as to say that Mitochondrial ...
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Issue comprehending Genesis and the Great Flood

Ok so just from an empirically measurable perspective, we know that inbreeding leads to deformed offspring, why didn't this happen with Adam and Eve, and Noah and whoever he choose to go on board the ...