A blogger styling himself Sirius Knotts (if that’s his real name, then he is awesome) left a comment on the Hovind Scale main post a while back. Today I followed it to his blog. I almost regret it now. Almost.
In this post, he makes the claim that the real reason we “evolutionists” don’t like Kent Hovind is that he is able to trounce us in debate after debate (I choked a little when I wrote those words, it’s just too funny), despite not holding an accredited degree. Well, he’s half right. The really real reason we don’t like Hovind is that he is charismatic enough to convince the credulous that he trounces real scientists in debate after debate, despite doing nothing of the sort. He is also a liar.
But enough of that. I didn’t begin this post to deconstruct Mr. Knotts’ nonsense; plenty of commenters have already done so. (In fact, I was amused to find not a single favorable comment on theh posts I read.) I wanted to highlight his blog to illustrate some idle speculation of mine on the title question: why do creationists fight for creationism? I’ve already intimated why I think it’s important to fight for evolution, so this is the other side of the coin.
Two things are obvious about Young Earth Creationists (YEC). One is that they arrive at the YEC viewpoint not by careful consideration of science, but by first declaring that the Bible is the inerrant, literal word of God. Indeed, it has to be this way, since all the evidence from science runs directly counter to the YEC perspective. The other obvious characteristic of YECs is that they feel their worldview threatened by the historical sciences, by evolution, abiogenesis, historical geology, cosmology, etc.
They feel threatened because they believe that the universe and all in it was created for our sole use. They feel threatened because they believe that humans were made in God’s own image. They feel threatened because evolutionary theory, and the other sciences listed above, run counter to those ideas. The believe all of the above, yet many of them have the gall to call supporters of legitimate science arrogant!
The fact is that the universe revealed by science, is vast, wonderful, and largely indifferent to human life. The Earth we live on has supported uncounted different species of organisms in its long history, and all of them arose the same way, including us. When we are gone, which may not take too much longer, it will all go on as it did when we were here. We are not the centerpiece of creation.
We live in an enormous universe, populated with untold wonders, of which we are an infinitesimal part. Creationists prefer to live in a small universe, made entirely for the benefit of one species. Why limit yourself to a universe so tiny, so bereft of imagination, when science has revealed something so much more wonderful?