Month: November 2014
An excellent post on the origins of Young Earth Creationism – not as old as you would think!
Over twenty years ago Ron Numbers published his excellent book The Creationists. There he traced the roots back to the Seventh Day Adventist in the late 19th century and not before. The book dispels many myths about creationism but many still hold these myths and assume that creationism was the position of Christians until challenged by scientists.
A few years in the magazine of the Geological society of America GSAToday Dave Montgomery of Seattle gave an excellent short account of the history of Creationism. http://www.geosociety.org/gsatoday/archive/22/11/pdf/i1052-5173-22-11-4.pdf It is well worth using as a summary. Following all recent scholars like Ron Numbers he traces the roots of YEC to about 1900 in the Seventh Day Adventist church, rather than presenting the view that it is a re-incarnation of 17th century ideas. He rightly emphasises that Calvin and Steno were “young earthers” due to limited knowledge rather than a doctrinaire stance.
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Humanities are important, even a five year old knows that as this nice blog confirms. So why doesn’t our Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan know it?
I wasn’t going to get too heated about UK Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s apparent suggestion that students should ditch the arts humanities in favour of the sciences.
I wasn’t going to rise to the bait of yet another politician seeming to think that education is only about preparing pupils for the workplace, rather than for life as a whole.
But then I spent, as I do every morning, an hour where it was just me and my son waiting until it was time for him to go to school.
And then I realised just how stupid politicians are. In particular, it seems, Nicky Morgan.
What is it with the Conservative Party and putting in charge of education people who tend to hate one of children, teachers or just learning in general – or all three?
Mind you, this is the same party who had as an equalities minister someone voted…
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