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Learning creationism stimulates mental health, joy, and morals (Talk.Origins)

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This article (Learning creationism stimulates mental health, joy, and morals (Talk.Origins)) is a response to a rebuttal of a creationist claim published by Talk.Origins Archive under the title Index to Creationist Claims.


Claim CH010.1:

Learning creationism stimulates mental health, because it is consistent with people's innate thoughts; joy, from scientific discovery; and morals, because it promotes awareness of a Creator to whom one must give account.

Source: Morris, Henry M., 1974. Scientific Creationism, Master Books, Arkansas, p. 14.


CreationWiki response:

The above wording is a misrepresentation of what Morris is saying. Talk Origins has taken three separate paragraphs out of context, and then edited them down to one sentence, that implies something not intended by Morris. This reduces the claim to a straw man argument on Talk Origins' part.

(Talk.Origins quotes in blue)

* Intellectual honesty demands that evidence be followed whether we like the conclusion or not. Creationism demands that certain conclusions cannot be overturned by any amount of evidence. Some people might think that intellectual dishonesty and living in denial are incompatible with mental health.

This is a total misrepresentation of creationists. The simple fact is that Creation Scientists do follow the evidence wherever it leads, even when they don't like the conclusion. However Creationists are using a different theoretical system than Evolutionists and the conclusions that the same evidence leads to are often different.

Evolutionists commonly confuse the interpretation of evidence under their theoretical system with the evidence itself. This causes a tendency for them to think that Creationists ignore evidence that they don't like, when they are simply interpreting the real evidence through a different theoretical system.

The two theoretical systems have different starting assumptions.

Creation System.

Creation by God.

The Biblical historical account.

A global flood.

Evolution System.

Absolute Naturalism.

Evolution.

Uniformitarianism

In both cases these starting assumptions form the bases for testable theories, but these assumptions are not themselves testable. Sometimes they lead to the same results, but they often lead to different results.

2. Reading the Talk.origins feedback gives the impression that learning creationism stimulates anger and defensiveness.

This is an over generalization. By their attitude they tend to attract responses only from Creationists that are angry or defensive. As such it is hardly a representative sample.