Do creationists use intimidation and spiritual threats to coerce young people to believe? Not as often as some critics assume.
Young-earth creationist leader Ken Ham of the organization Answers In Genesis repeated his call recently that Christians do not need to believe in a young earth.
For outsiders like me, this can appear puzzling. After all, those of us outside the circle of conservative evangelical belief often assume that all conservative evangelical Protestants spend their time sweating over their eternal fate. We might make the mistake of assuming that conservative evangelicals thrive by threatening sinners with hellfire, brimstone and damnation.
Take, for example, the Christian beliefs of young-earth creationists. From the outside, it’s tempting to assume that the more insistent YECs must somehow bully new generations into embracing their beliefs. After all, those beliefs are so radically different from the ones embraced by mainstream science that it seems impossible…
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