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The first is reactionary from the tradition and seeks either to insulate the community of faith from the modern world to protect it from contamination, or to undermine and subvert the powerful intellectual tools of modernity with the goal of preserving the tradition unmodified.The young-earth creationist (YEC) response to modern science is a clear example of this latter approach.Gordon, Houston Baptist University, USA; Email | [email protected] | Gordon, B. Scandal of the Evangelical Mind: A Biblical and Scientific Critique of Young-Earth Creationism. The intellectual tension resulting from what the Jewish-American novelist Chaim Potok called a "core-to-core cultural confrontation" between historic Judeo-Christian orthodoxy and the "umbrella culture" of secular modernity is commonplace and virtually unavoidable in the modern West (Walden 2001, 2013).

This outcome, whether realized by this path or another, constitutes a second avenue of response when historic Christian orthodoxy meets modern science and historical scholarship: complete capitulation to secular culture and rejection of the faith.Such a response is at the opposite pole from the first; it is reactionary the tradition.