Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you're saying. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Does anyone in here have an open mind, or are we here for the sole purpose of convincing everyone else that they are wrong and we are right?
All people possess survival mechanisms to which they give free reign. It's not a choice, really. You can't not allow your adrenal gland secretions to spike when you sense danger, for example. Your brain becomes flooded with adrenaline and depending on your psychological makeup you fight or you flee. Whether mechanisms like these come from God or from millions of years of evolution is irrelevant. They just are.
For the most part survival mechanisms are good, for obvious reasons. But there's one that's a mixed bag and that is denial. Our brains invoke the mechanism of denial as an automatic protective response to what we do not want to experience.
Say you're sitting on the front porch on a warm sunny afternoon and you're watching your kids playing fetch with the family dog. Someone throws the ball a bit too hard and it rolls onto the street. Before you can even think, Rex is mangled horribly by a pickup truck. What is the first word out of your mouth?
It is "NO". Maybe it's "Oh my God NO!" Same thing. Your brain is confronted with something it does not want to experience and it triggers the defense mechanism of denial. In this example it doesn't work, because the evidence of what you don't want to believe is overwhelming and manifestly real.
That is what is happening in here. The difference is the defense mechanism of denial works only with belief, because only belief is deniable. The Title of this thread could have been "Non-evidence reasons why people embrace Creationism". It could even have been singular. "Non-evidence reason ..." because ultimately there is only one, and that is denial. The very notion that there might be no God is horrifyingly incomprehensible to those for whom belief in God is absolute. Entertaining the thought would be like watching Rex getting hit by the truck, only much, much worse.
When there is an option and we are confronted with evidence of something we don't want to believe, no matter how compelling, the defense mechanism of denial kicks in, we choose not to accept it, and the bad feeling goes away. The reality, however, remains unchanged.