Creationism, what it is and why its logically inconsistent

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What is it?

Creationism is defined as being the belief that the universe and living organisms originate from specific acts of divine creation, as in the biblical account, rather than by natural processes such as evolution, or put simply believing the bible to be literally true. In saying this there are multiple types of creationist beliefs, including young earth creationism, old earth creationism (which includes gap creationism, progressive creationism and evolutionary creationism)

Young Earth Creationism

Young earth creationism states that the universe, earth and all life on earth was created around 10,000 to 5,700 years ago by the Abrahamic god with in a 6 day period. The reason for its name and separation is the belief of a literal bible recount regarding the age of the earth and how long its creation took. A study conducted in 2011 showed that 30% of American adults claim to believe the bible literally and so this 30% fit into this category of creationism.

Old Earth Creationism

Old earth creationism is the term given to any other creationist belief that doesn't follow the literal interpretation of the age and creation time of the earth. So gap creationism (belief that the earth had been in existence long before god created life on it and that it was created on earth only recently or as the bible suggests somewhere around 10,000 to 5,700 years ago), progressive creationism (belief that god allows gene mutation and natural selection to shape life on earth, however still intervenes to guide the overall course) and evolutionary creationism (the belief that god cleverly designed a universe in which everything including life, planets and so forth would naturally evolve) all come under this label.

Is it logically consistent to believe in?

Young Earth Creationism

No, while all forms of creationism are not...