Sunday, October 28, 2007

Internal Fighting

Do you ever wonder what non-Christians think about us? Stuff like this is a good reminder of how a divisive spirit can sometimes harm our witness to unbelievers.

Trouble in Paradise: Answers in Genesis Splinters
by Jim Lippard

Originally published in RNCSE 26 (6): 4-7.
As of 2004, the US market for creationism was at least $22 million — as measured by adding up donations to and purchases of products and services from ten of the largest creationist groups. Of that amount, Answers in Genesis accounted for 59%, making it clearly the dominant player in US creationism (Lippard 2007). But in October 2005, Answers in Genesis (AiG) suffered a schism. This became public at the end of February 2006, when the groups in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa that had operated under the AiG name rebranded as Creation Ministries International (CMI), while the US and UK groups continued as AiG. (As the naming gets complicated, I will refer to the different countries' groups as AiG–US, AiG–UK, and AiG–Australia to distinguish them from the overall AiG organization prior to the split.)

The reasons for this division were not entirely clear at the time to anyone but insiders — and may not have been clear to some who were insiders. Ronald L Numbers writes in the new expanded version of his book The Creationists, "Despite my best efforts, I was unable to pin down the exact cause of the split" (Numbers 2006: 558). As of November 20, 2006, however, through documents posted on CMI's website, the causes of the split have now become known — revealing Machiavellian maneuvering by Ken Ham and AiG–US...

Read the full article here.

After reading this article, I couldn't help but think about Titus 3:10. "Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What an apalling Christian witness. And shouldn't they know who we are by our love and kindness towards each other?