Interesting response from Ken Ham to our Evangelical History video!
It’s a little odd that a man who has spent his life persuading Christians to reject mainstream science is complaining that I said he rejects mainstream science. 🤷‍♂️
My response to him was to point out the video was about the differences between Fundamentalism and Neo-Evangelicalism, and that his particular strain of scientific theory (YEC) was never adopted by Neo-Ev leaders or institutions. It is a truly Fundamentalist development.
What's even more interesting is that of the 90 essays defining Fundamentalist belief in the 1910s, zero of them proposed a young earth. RA Torrey, the editor of "The Fundamentals," was a "day-age" proponent. (Each day in Gen 1 represented a long period of history.)
YEC, as taught by Ham and others, was born out of interpretations of a “vision” one of the founders of Seventh Day Adventists claimed to have had, which was turned into a book called “A New Geology” by one of her followers in the 1920s.
That book inspired the book “The Genesis Flood” in the 1960s, which birthed the modern YEC movement. Ken Ham read “The Genesis Flood” back in Australia as a youth, and has been spreading it ever since. It’s a surprisingly young movement.
Though there are old claims of a young earth (Bishop Usher, 17th century), the specifics of an alternate science called YEC is a recent, distinctly American phenomenon. (Someday this will be the topic of another video that will make some people mad.)

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