The Sensuous Curmudgeon

June 7, 2021

Our morning and afternoon news sweeps produced nothing and the creationist websites we monitor are dull, so this is what we’re going to talk about. It’s from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo). As you know, he’s the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. Hambo’s post at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry, is titled 43% of Millennials “Don’t Know, Care, or Believe God Exists”. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

A massive generational change has occurred in America, and we’re feeling the effects of this upheaval. I’ve been warning that this is coming for decades, and it’s certainly here (and with no sign it’s slowing down!). What do I mean? Well, consider the results of the American Worldview Inventory 2021, a survey conducted by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University — it perfectly highlights this sad generational shift.

Hambo describes the results of the survey:

According to this new survey, a shocking 43% of American Millennials (identified in this survey as those born between 1984–2002) “don’t know, care, or believe God exists.” [Gasp!] Less than half (48%) hold to the “Golden Rule” of “treat others as you want them to treat you,” while nearly 4 in 10 (38%) give the green light to revenge, saying “you try to get even with people who have wronged you.” Many Millennials believe “an abortion performed to reduce personal economic or emotional discomfort” and “premarital sex with someone expected to be their future spouse” are “morally acceptable.” All of these beliefs are in sharp contrast to those held by previous generations.

The only important issue is whether they’re going to be customers for the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter. All the rest of it shouldn’t really matter to Hambo. Anyway, he says:

So, what is the dominant worldview of the younger generations? Dr. George Barna, the respected researcher behind this new survey, says the dominant worldview of our day is syncretism (i.e., a blend of a variety of religions and beliefs), leaning heavily on the worldview of Moral Therapeutic Deism. What is MTD? Well, it can be summarized with these key beliefs:

• God remains distant from people’s lives.

• People are supposed to be good to each other (i.e., moral).

• The universal purpose of life is being happy and feeling good about oneself.

• There are no absolute moral truths.

• God allows “good people” into heaven.

• God places very limited demands on people.

That doesn’t sound like ol’ Hambo’s view of things. Oh wait, there’s more. He tells us:

That certainly sounds like what the majority of people in the US believe today (particularly the younger generations). As the study mentioned above found, Millennials are “far more likely” than other generations to:

• Define success in life as happiness, personal freedom, or productivity without oppression

• Consider an abortion performed to reduce personal economic or emotional discomfort to be morally acceptable

• Consider premarital sex with someone expected to be their future spouse to be morally acceptable

• Deem reincarnation a real possibility

• Be liberal regarding fiscal and social policies

• Champion liberal theology

• Be among the “Don’ts” — people who either do not know if God exists, do not believe that He exists, or do not care if He exists

That’s a lot of un-Hambo beliefs. Let’s see what he thinks of it.

It’s all about being “happy” and feeling good — there’s no room for sin, God’s wrath, biblical justice, absolutes, personal responsibility, self-sacrifice, tolerance for others (love for enemies), or uncompromising biblical truth in a worldview that’s all about me, what I think, and what makes me feel good in the here and now.

This is intolerable! Hambo continues:

In other words, as I’ve said many times before, these younger generations aren’t irreligious or neutral about worldviews. They have a religion — it’s a religion of their own making as they act as their own gods. It’s man’s word as the authority. It’s secularism, where man is the authority and decides truth. Such a worldview may borrow morality, or other truths like the existence of God, from the Bible, but it is distinctly un-Christian. It’s based on the sand of man’s opinion, grabbing elements from a variety of different “religious traditions,” not on the unchanging rock of God’s Word.

Hambo then tells us why all of the foregoing is a serious problem:

This worldview is radically changing the West because ideas have consequences. And ideas based in sinful, fallible man’s opinions will have deadly consequences. [Gasp!] History bears that out and modern generations won’t be an exception.

Jeepers, he’s right! And the worst part of it is that none of those millennials will be buying tickets for visiting Hambo’s ark. What can be done? It won’t surprise you to learn that the last third of ol’ Hambo’s post consists of his advice. No, he doesn’t recommend holy war, nor does he even mention teaching creationism in public schools. His advice is just a bunch of holy moly stuff. If you’re interested, click over there and read it all. But the bottom line — the take-away message — is that Hambo is losing and he knows it. Interesting, isn’t it?