Young-Earth creationism is not a belief, but an ignorance. It’s a vehicle for regressing human knowledge. It is the opposite of science.
There are people alive today that think a god zapped the entire universe into existence about 6,000 years ago and that man has been here since the beginning. They’re not so bold that they’ll claim dinosaur fossils are fake. Of course not. They know the fossils are real and they know that dinosaurs walked the Earth with man. Duh.
If they believe that then they must also believe that carbon dating, geology, macro-evolution, plate tectonics, etc. are wrong.
Creationists probably think me subscribing to the Big Bang theory is ridiculous and I can understand that and I think it’s healthy to discuss/argue/debate or whatever those ideas. But it’s not healthy for the progressive development of humanity to have the existence of an organization known as the Museum of Creation (powered by Answers to Genisis) to raise $29 million dollars to build Noah’s Ark, a project dubbed Ark Encounter.
The Ark Encounter is a one-of-a-kind historically themed attraction. In an entertaining, educational, and immersive way, it presents a number of historical events centered on a full-size, all-wood Ark, which should become the largest timber-frame structure in the USA.
Additional future phases for the attraction include a Walled City, the Tower of Babel, a first-century Middle Eastern village, a journey in history from Abraham to the parting of the Red Sea, a walk-through aviary, an expanded large petting zoo, and so on.
“Historical events”, really? So, 4,400 years ago the Judeo-Christian god flooded the planet (a few centuries after he made the place) while Noah and his 7 family members floated it out on a big-ass boat for 40 days accompanied by pairs of selected species of flora and fauna (including dinosaurs) whose combined efforts post-flood would result in the global organism population and diversity that we have today?
This project has the power of capitalism. With enough money anyone can put forth a level of credibility to any idea. We’re all influenced by research studies, but we don’t bother looking at the fine print to see what organization funded the study. We like polished newsletters and well designed websites. They extract a bit of unearned trust from us.
I think our only weapon is logic and critical thinking. On the bright side, if my kids ever get excited about something like the Ark Encounter, I can use it as an educational exercise. It’s my job to encourage them to ask questions, apply reason, and probe ideas for fallacy.