We are currently discussing this book, and the various topics with it, in Sunday School Class, so I am reading this for the second time. It struck me odd the first time that I read it and now, for the second time… Like KJV-Onlyism, the Young Earth Creationism as a dogmatic belief descends from Ellen White, the leader of the 7th Day Adventist Church, whom many consider as inspired as the authors of Scripture. Giberson notes that White’s visions led to what is called ‘Flood Geology’, which attempts to define nearly all geological signs by the Flood. This is a very common thing done today. As you know, Ham and Answers in Genesis as made a pretty penny off of ‘Flood Geology,’ destroying the faith of a few along the way…
Anyway, Flood Geology and indeed, the dogmatic approach to rejecting scientific claims come from White’s ‘visions’ which have given a lot of doctrinal aid to her followers over the years.
Now, I’m not going to get into the racial undertones of her visions, but I did want to note them and to note George McCready Price’s role. One site notes,
During the first two thirds of the twentieth century, during which most Christian fundamentalists accepted the existence of long geological ages, the leading voice arguing for the recent creation of life on earth in six literal days was George McCready Price (1870-1963), a scientifically self-taught creationist and teacher. Born and reared in the Maritime Provinces of Canada, Price as a youth joined the Seventh-day Adventists, a small religious group founded and still led by a prophetess named Ellen G. White, whom Adventists regarded as being divinely inspired. Following one of her trance-like “visions” White claimed actually to have witnessed the Creation, which occurred in a literal week. She also taught that Noah’s flood had sculpted the surface of the earth, burying the plants and animals found in the fossil record, and that the Christian Sabbath should be celebrated on Saturday rather than Sunday, as a memorial of a six-day creation.
Shortly after the turn of the century Price dedicated his life to a scientific defense of White’s version of earth history: the creation of all life on earth no more than about 6,000 years ago and a global deluge over 2,000 years before the birth of Christ that had deposited most of the fossil-bearing rocks. Convinced that theories of organic evolution rested primarily on the notion of geological ages, Price aimed his strongest artillery at the geological foundation rather than at the biological superstructure. For a decade and a half Price’s writings circulated mainly among his coreligionists, but by the late 1910s he was increasingly reaching non-Adventist audiences. In 1926, at the height of the antievolution crusade, the journal Science described Price as “the principal scientific authority of the Fundamentalists. That he was, but with a twist. Although virtually all of the leading antievolutionists of the day, including William Jennings Bryan at the Scopes trial, lauded Price’s critique of evolution, none of them saw any biblical reason to abandon belief in the antiquity of life on earth for what Price called “flood geology.” Not until the 1970s did Price’s views, rechristened “creation science,” become fundamentalist orthodoxy.(here)
Oddly enough, now stop me if you’ve heard this before, Price really didn’t have a background in science. According to Wikipedia,
In 1896, he enrolled in a one-year teacher training course at the Provincial Normal School of New Brunswick (now the University of New Brunswick), where he took some elementary courses in some of the natural sciences, including some mineralogy, which was Price’s sole formal training in science.
Now, Price (and through Price, Ellen White) was used in the 1960′s book which ignited the new battles of Young Earth Creationism… which Ken Ham is leading the charge on…
So, Ken Ham follows the Seventh Day Adventist Prophet, Ellen G. White.