Ken MacLeod's Story


Copyright 2003 G.R. Morton and Ken MacLeod This can be freely distributed so long as no changes are made and no charges are made.

I found your website very interesting, and will recommend it as widely as I can. It's revived my interest in palaeontology and geology, which was on the back burner for a long time.

I was raised in a denomination that believes in a recent creation, and I was given YEC books to read from an early age. The best was The Genesis Flood and the worst was Evolution or Creation by Prof H. Enoch (Archaeopteryx is 'a toothed bird like any other Cretaceous bird', among other howlers). The ironic consequence was that I became embarrassingly gullible about other pseudoscientific ideas that challenged 'uniformitarian orthodoxy' - all the way from Arthur Koestler through Colin Wilson and Velikovsky to Erich von Danniken.

Through wider reading and discussion I became increasingly skeptical of the religion in which I had been brought up, as well as more critical of the above mentioned charlatans, but I still thought there were great unsolved problems with biology and geology even after I had become an atheist (as I remain) in my late teens. It was quite a shock to discover in first year biology just how much in these books was false, and I went through some of them again with an angry pencil. Even then I thought Morris et al had something of a leg to stand on in geology. I remember meeting a Christian geology student who was doing fieldwork in the Highlands and asking him what he thought of The Genesis Flood. He said that the geology was all wrong, but he thought it made some strong arguments about biology. To which I replied, well, it's funny you should say that, because ...


I think a great deal of unnecessary distress is caused in evangelical Christian families by YEC. My parents still plied me with YEC material right through my zoology degree and we had a number of quarrels over it. By then, ironically enough, I already knew that there is no real conflict between the reality of evolution, an old Earth, etc, and (even conservative) Christian belief. One of my professors, an expert in invertebrate palaeontology who held YEC in utter contempt, was a believer of the most touching simplicity, who was later ordained in the Anglican Church.
I rather regret that we never explored the issue properly. As you may know, some believers can be a bit rigid and stubborn (and in my case the apple didn't fall far from the tree).

Anyway, I never thought much more of the matter until many years later I got my first Internet connection at work and found the newsgroup talk.origins. I didn't participate much in it but followed a lot of the debates, and the behaviour and arguments of the YEC advocates made a very bad impression. There are serious arguments to be had for and against Christianity, but evolution versus creation simply isn't one of them, and the more people understand that the better.

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Please note particularly Glenn Morton's Why I took my creation web pages down and my Why I have preserved Glenn's creation web pages.
The material on this wiki is not to be used to attack religion, but to defend truth and reason for believers and non-believers alike.
Barry Desborough, January 2013