[The following post was originally published in Ken Ham’s personal blog, “Around the World with Ken Ham.” Ken is the founder and president of Answers in Genesis and the author of numerous books, including  Already Gone published by Master Books.]

In Parade magazine published this past weekend (9/13/2009), an exclusive interview with Dan Brown (author of The Da Vinci Code), called “Life After ‘The Da Vinci Code,’” included the question, “Are you religious?” Dan Brown responded:

I was raised Episcopalian, and I was very religious as a kid. Then, in eighth or ninth grade, I studied astronomy, cosmology, and the origins of the universe. I remember saying to a minister, “I don’t get it. I read a book that said there was an explosion known as the Big Bang, but here it says God created heaven and Earth and the animals in seven days. Which is right?” Unfortunately, the response I got was, “Nice boys don’t ask that question.” A light went off, and I said, “The Bible doesn’t make sense. Science makes much more sense to me.” And I just gravitated away from religion.

I have heard people testify to similar sorts of circumstances in their lives in what seems like countless times to me over the years—and it is one of the reasons the Lord has raised up ministries like Answers in Genesis. As I have talked with literally thousands of young people over the past 30 years, so many have told me they didn’t get answers to their questions concerning whether the Bible can be trusted because of what they are taught at school about the big bang, evolution, millions of years, etc.

The research conducted by America’s Research group (detailed in the book Already Gone) on why young people are leaving the church (two-thirds statistically are leaving the church) showed clearly that these young people are not being taught—at church or home—a defense of the Christian faith against the secular onslaughts of today’s world. Dan Brown is obviously another casualty of not getting the right answers. However, we praise the Lord so many people over the years have received answers from the Creation Museum and Answers in Genesis resources and conferences.