The Creationists: From Scientific Creationism to Intelligent Design

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Harvard University Press, 2006 - Religion - 606 pages
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Forty-seven percent of the American people, according to a 1991 Gallup Poll, believe that God made man - as man is now - in a single act of creation, and within the last ten thousand years. Ronald L. Numbers chronicles the astonishing resurgence of this belief since the 1960s, as well as the creationist movement's tangled religious roots in the theologies of late-nineteenth - and early twentieth century Baptists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Adventists, and other religious groups. Even more remarkable than Numbers's story of today's widespread rejection of the theory of evolution is the dramatic shift from acceptance of the earth's antiquity (even for William Jennings Bryan the biblical "days" of Genesis represented long geological ages) to the insistence of present-day scientific creationists that most fossils date back to Noah's flood and its aftermath, and that the earth itself is no more than ten thousand years old. The author focuses especially on the rise of this "flood geology, " popularized in 1961 by John Whitcomb and Henry Morris's book, The Genesis Flood, which defended the theory that creation took place in six literal days, and updated the old arguments purporting to prove that a geologically significant worldwide flood actually took place. Numbers gives particular attention to the development of creation research institutes and societies, and to those creationists - including the half of the founders of the Creation Research Society with doctorates in biology - who possessed, or claimed to possess, scientific credentials. On the basis of dozens of interviews and scores of little-known manuscript collections, Numbers delineates the competing scientific and biblicalinterpretations, and reports on the debates between creationists and evolutionists - in courthouses, legislative halls, and on school boards - over the boundaries between science and religion. He traces the evolution of scientific creationism up to our own time and shows how the creationist

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The creationists: from scientific creationism to intelligent design

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This informative, well-researched intellectual history of the origins of the contemporary creation science movement was first published in 1992. Numbers (history of science & medicine, Univ. of ... Read full review

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Numbers' book is a very detailed monograph about the history of the creationist movement in the 20th century. It serves as a good reference work but is hard to read straight through because it is ... Read full review


Introduction to the Expanded Edition
Creationism in the Age of Darwin
George Frederick Wright From Christian Darwinist to Fundamentalist
Creationism in the Fundamentalist Controversy
Scientific Creationists in the Age of Bryan
George McCready Price and the New Catastrophism
The Religion and Science Association
The Creation Research Society
Creation Science and Scientific Creationism
Deception and Discrimination
Creation Research Institutes
Creationism in the Churches
The Appeal of Creationism at Home and Abroad
Intelligent Design
Creationism Goes Global

The Deluge Geology Society
Evangelicals and Evolution in Great Britain
Evangelicals and Evolution in North America
John C Whitcomb Jr Henry M Morris and The Genesis Flood

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Ronald L. Numbersis Hilldale Professor of the History of Science and Medicine, University of Wisconsin&Madison. He has served as president of the History of Science Society, the American Society of Church History, and the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science, Division of the History of Science and Technology.

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