The Evolution of Creationism in Britain

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An excellent post on the origins of Young Earth Creationism – not as old as you would think!

Peddling and Scaling God and Darwin

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. It is well worth using as a summary. Following all recent scholars like Ron Numbers[1] 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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    Paul Braterman said:
    November 24, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Reblogged on my own site, too, with comment “The 2006 edition of Numbers’ book is an update of the original referred to in the opening paragraph. I would also draw attention to Scientists Scientists Confront CreationismConfront Creationism, Petto and Godfrey, eds, 2007, in which Numbers covers the same material in a more manageable 27 pages, and includes valuable essays by Massimo Pigliucci, Eugenie Scott, Brent Dalrymple and others on the historical, scientific, philosophical and pedagogical context.” and update on the farcical opposition to Scottish Secular Society’s petition for guidance to keep separate creation and Young earth doctrines from being taught in Scotland as valid.

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