The Consequences of Putting Second Things First
by Tim Barnett
The Alberta Home Education Association (AHEA) is catching some flak for inviting Ken Ham to keynote their annual convention. Ken Ham is the president and CEO of Answers in Genesis, which is a leading young-earth creationist ministry. Answers in Genesis also runs the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter in Kentucky.
My point in writing is not to weigh in on the validity of young-earth creationism. As far as I’m concerned, the Alberta homeschooling group should have the right to invite whomever they want. If homeschooling parents don’t like the speaker, they won’t attend.
What concerns me is something I read in the article reporting on the event. Specifically, the article says, “Calgarian Paul Ens says he walked away from his Christian faith after reading Ham’s creationist literature.” Moreover, he’s since started a YouTube channel dedicated to responding to young-earth creationists. On his channel, Paul says, “Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis made me an atheist.”
When I read this, I had to pause. I almost couldn’t believe it. This person actually walked away from his faith because of a rejection of young-earth creationism. This should sound odd to every Christian—young and old creationist alike…
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