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Reading: The Creationists: From Scientific Creationism to Intelligent Design, by Ronald Numbers

21 Jun 2015, 22:23 UTC
Reading: The Creationists: From Scientific Creationism to Intelligent Design, by Ronald Numbers
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I recently finished reading the expanded edition of Ronald Numbers "The Creationists: From Scientific Creationism to Intelligent Design" (Harvard University Press).I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Numbers at the recent Perceptions Project conference and he autographed by copy.I learned a number of new and useful things from the book.The book traces the history of various flavors of creationism back significantly further than I had originally thought. After introduced in the late 1880s, Darwinian evolution was actually gaining some acceptance among mainstream Christian denominations until a more fundamentalist revival began to perceive it as a threat and points of resistance arose. Prior to reading this book, I actually thought creationism was more marginalized, limited to small churches (where I first encountered it in high school) since the Scopes trial (Wikipedia). I had thought that creationism did not achieve a higher profile until the Louisiana incident settled by the Supreme Court Edwards vs. Aguillard case (Wikipedia) in 1987.One of the aspects I found most interesting covered in the book was the incredible range of disagreements among religious people over just what the Bible actually said about 'deep history'. There were discussions of the many attempts to form a consistent 'creation model' ...

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