Young earth creationism and Christian faith
Why is it that young-earth creationism earns special scorn that the primary doctrines of Christian faith do not get? Young-earth creationism is no more outrageous than the idea that God was born of a virgin, took the form of man, was executed by the Roman Empire, and rose from the dead. Why is it that many Christians who confess Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord - a radical belief, to be sure - quickly bow the knee to the god of our age and profess to believe in "science" instead of the account of creation presented in the Bible?
The answer is fairly simple. We are living in a post-Christian culture, but Christianity is generally socially accepted. Even people who are not Christians attend church services on Christmas and Easter. They have no problem confessing other fantastic things in the Bible, but over the course of the last century pagans have successfully established evolution as the only "scientifically accurate" view on the creation of the universe. Christians have allowed themselves to be bullied into silence rather than be seen as stupid or backward.
When Christians say they "believe in science" what they are really saying is this - I am a Christian but I am not one of those inbred moonshine-drinking hillbillies in Appalachia who is married to his sister. Please do not lump me in with those backwoods rednecks.
I am convinced that creationism is a confessional issue in today's society. First, the myth of evolution is the primary means by which the religion of humanism denies God - we have no Creator because we came about through mathematically impossible random chance. Second, because creationism (specifically young-earth creationism) is so frequently mocked and ridiculed. No one wants to be laughed at or thought of as stupid.
But here is the reality: Christians, throughout history, have always been thought of as strange, extreme, or downright dangerous. Christians like Richard Wurmbrand have been persecuted and murdered for their faith all over the world. Jesus promised this would happen in John 15:20. While this might not always be the case, we have been very blessed in America to have the freedom to worship and publicly proclaim our faith. Given all of the suffering and death Christians have endured for His name over the last 2,000 years, we cannot stand a little public ridicule?