Young age creationists have responded to biodiversity loss (extinction) in a scattershot way in recent years. So my interest was peaked when the popular journal of Answers in Genesis, Answers Magazine, recently had a issue devoted to “Creation Care.” One of those articles, Should We Abandon Some Species to Extinction? was featured on the Answers in Genesis website last week. It is by a young-earth ecologist, Tom Hennigan, from Truett-McConnell University. In the video below I reflect on this article, relate it to a broader picture of responses by Christians to environmentalism and raise the understated problem in the YEC literature of massive extinction of Gods’ created kinds.
Here is an outline of my video discussion:
A. Hennigans article is a welcome addition to the AiG literature
B. Many young-earth envionmentalists tend toward dominionist approaches to the environment but Hennigan manages to avoid many of the pitfalls of this approach
C. John MacArthur is an example of a dominionist view on the environment which is reflective of many Christians today
D. While extinctions are acknowledged and mourned over the scope of extinction that young-earth creationism requires is not often acknowledged
E. The young-earth approach to “kinds” preserved on the ark causes them to believe that more then 50% of all the types of land vertebrate animals that God created have already been lost to extinction.