The Creationists

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University of California Press, Jan 1, 1993 - Science - 458 pages
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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A beautifully balanced and comprehensive history of ``scientific creationism.'' Although Numbers (History of Science and Medicine/Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison; Prophetess of Health, 1976) is a ... Read full review

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


ONE Creationism in the Age of Darwin
From Christian Darwinist
THREE Creationism in the Fundamentalist Controversy
FOUR Scientific Creationists in the Age of Bryan
SEVEN The Deluge Geology Society
EIGHT Evangelicals and Evolution in Great Britain
NINE Evangelicals and Evolution in North America
The Genesis Flood
ELEVEN The Creation Research Society
TWELVE Creation Science and Scientific Creationism
THIRTEEN Deception and Discrimination
FOURTEEN Creation Research Institutes
FIFETEEN Creationism in the Churches

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Ronald L. Numbers is William Coleman Professor of the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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