I hate: Strict Creationism

Strict creationism, intelligent design – call it what you want – is a belief. It is the belief in the literal interpretation of Genesis. I use the term “strict creationism” to distinguish between the simple belief that everything was somehow created by god, and the “strict” part. The latter includes beliefs like:

  • The Earth was entirely created in 6 days.
  • The Earth is 6,000-12,000 years old (lots of different numbers, most in this range).
  • Every human being is a descendant of two of the eight people who survived the great flood 4500 years ago
  • Noah. The whole story, with all it’s consequences (750 people built the Egyptian pyramids,…)
  • People got veeery old (Noah died at age 950)
  • The Grand Canyon was formed in just a few weeks
  • And the list could go on and on.

If you believe that – fine. I think your an idiot and am surprised that your able to type, but as long as you only believe in strict creationism, I don’t have a problem with that. What I have a problem with is preaching, evangelizing, manipulating and recruiting others to join your stupidity corps.

Of course everyone is free to make a fool out of himself, but if you are spreading this nonsense, you are a menace to society.

Pumping this bs into the head of children, even teaching it in schools, discourages critical, logical freethinking and instead teaches obedience to authority.

Creationists lay the groundwork for extremism. Just watch the ‘Jesus Camp’ documentary. That’s just the beginning. Imagine a generation of students who get taught creationism in school.

Creationists give Christianity a bad name. No matter what exactly you believe in, you gotta admit that Jesus Christ was a great role model. Even an atheist can’t deny that. You make him look ridiculous.

We live in the information age. Ignoring logic, just because science and a 2000 year old book don’t go together, is not going to make anyone’s life easier.

And by the way, what do you need the Old Testament for, anyway? When you’re Christian read the New Testament, and leave the Old Testament to the Jews. They don’t interpret it literally (well, maybe the Orthodox do), and they know why. It’s not meant to be.

I guess we’ve all read the old ‘open letter to Dr. Laura’ (If you haven’t, you can find it all over the net or here.

Why don’t you just change your ‘god created the world in 6 days’ into ‘god authored the big bang and thus created the whole universe in a split second’? Sounds a lot more glorious to me. And no scientist would have a better theory. Every honest scientist will tell you that he doesn’t know why the big bang happened or what was before.

No one needs strict creationism.

I’m not going to say that it is crap, but it stinks, it looks crappy and I think it emits a little it of smoke into the cold march air. Okay, you got me. Strict creationism is crap.