So, Just How Well-Established IS Young-Earth Creationism, Anyway?
Short Answer: Not well at all.
There is a Creation Museum.
There are science textbooks published with a YEC worldview.
There is a CreationWiki page.
Looks pretty impressive, right?
And now, plans are well under way to build a Creation Theme Park: Ark Encounter.
Todd Wood, one of the few YECs with any integrity at all, had this to say:
What do I think? Personally, I don’t really care. I can easily think of dozens hundreds thousands of more important projects to spend $150 million on, but it’s not my money. What is curious though is why they think they ought to do this. Clearly the governor and the investors are excited about the economic impact. But what’s in it for the rest of creationism? We still don’t have a comprehensive model to understand Flood geology, a topic that creationists often bitterly and angrily debate. We’re also deeply divided in our approach to biological problems (witness the tempest over hominid baraminology), and we don’t have a generally-accepted (among creationists) young-age creationist cosmogony. So what should we do? Let’s build a theme park!
So, according to Dr Wood:
(1) YECs do not have a comprehensive model to understand Flood geology.
(2) YECs are divided in their approach to biological problems.
(3) YECs don’t have a generally-accepted cosmogony [origins of the earth/universe] model.
Geology, biology, cosmogony. Pretty big issues.
Do mainstream scientists agree on everything? Of course not. But, at least there are models that are pretty well-established and accepted by the general scientific community.