An article by Dr. Jim Mason, titled, “Why I’m finally a young-earth creationist” is a response to an article published in Premier Christianity by Dr. Luke Barnes, titled, “Why I’m no longer a young earth creationist”.
On occasion I’ll read an article about someone changing their position on a major issue- maybe they became a Christian, an atheist or evolutionist- and they often site the evidence which led them to a profound change in their worldview or religion. And this article by Dr. Mason is a prime example. In this case, Dr. Mason went from an atheist to a Christian to a young earth creationist (YEC), and it was all because of the evidence.
Personally, I don’t find this profound because I know many people who have become YEC precisely because they were influenced by the evidence, including myself. What I do find remarkable, however, is the claim made by atheists that there is no evidence for YEC. It’s as if they don’t want to admit that science supports a supernatural creation (and always has).
Dr. Mason’s story is actually a familiar case of a young student going off to a secular college to study science and learning about geology. The professor then convinces his students that the earth is billions of years old, and fossils formed over millions of years. Needless to say, Dr. Mason rejected what he had heard about the Bible and declared himself an atheist.
But as the decades went by, he wanted to know the truth about a question he was confronted with: who was Jesus? And after studying the evidence, he painfully concluded that Jesus was God- not a madman or conman or anything else.
Eventually Dr. Mason became a Christian, yet he still believed in evolution for some time, finding ways to reconcile the two. However, he began to recognize the contradiction between the Bible and evolution. They both couldn’t be true.
Finally he attended a conference by two young-earth creationists and decided to listen to what they had to say. To his surprise, they weren’t as crazy as he had been led to believe, but concluded that their scientific conclusions made sense. So he studied the empirical evidence for himself and found consistency between the Bible and science.
Although I was never an atheist, Dr. Mason’s story has some similarities to mine. After studying the evidence, I found that YEC is the most consistent and compatible with the Bible, while also supporting a young earth.
Dr. Mason goes into more detail, so, if you’re curious, be sure to check out his article.