The Creationists: From Scientific Creationism to Intelligent Design

The Creationists: From Scientific Creationism to Intelligent Design

by Ronald L. Numbers
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0674023390
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9780674023390
Pub. Date:
11/15/2006
Publisher:
Harvard

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The Creationists: From Scientific Creationism to Intelligent Design

In light of the embattled status of evolutionary theory, particularly as "intelligent design" makes headway against Darwinism in the schools and in the courts, this now classic account of the roots of creationism assumes new relevance. Expanded and updated to account for the appeal of intelligent design and the global spread of creationism, The Creationists offers a thorough, clear, and balanced overview of the arguments and figures at the heart of the debate.

Praised by both creationists and evolutionists for its comprehensiveness, the book meticulously traces the dramatic shift among Christian fundamentalists from acceptance of the earth's antiquity to the insistence of present-day scientific creationists that most fossils date back to Noah's flood and its aftermath. Focusing especially on the rise of this "flood geology," Ronald L. Numbers chronicles the remarkable resurgence of antievolutionism 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, and Adventists, among others. His book offers valuable insight into the origins of various "creation science" think tanks and the people behind them. It also goes a long way toward explaining how creationism, until recently viewed as a "peculiarly American" phenomenon, has quietly but dynamically spread internationally--and found its expression outside Christianity in Judaism and Islam.

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ISBN-13: 9780674023390
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 11/15/2006
Edition description: Expanded Edition
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 393,722
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Expanded Edition

Introduction

1. Creationism in the Age of Darwin

2. George Frederick Wright: From Christian Darwinist to Fundamentalist

3. Creationism in the Fundamentalist Controversy

4. Scientific Creationists in the Age of Bryan

5. George McCready Price and the New Catastrophism

6. The Religion and Science Association

7. The Deluge Geology Society

8. Evangelicals and Evolution in Great Britain

9. Evangelicals and Evolution in North America

10. John C. Whitcomb, Jr., Henry M. Morris, and The Genesis Flood

11. The Creation Research Society

12. Creation Science and Scientific Creationism

13. Deception and Discrimination

14. Creation Research Institutes

15. Creationism in the Churches

16. The Appeal of Creationism at Home and Abroad

17. Intelligent Design

18. Creationism Goes Global

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

What People are Saying About This

Ronald Numbers's book, The Creationists, is a modern classic. Deep sympathy
combined with critical objectivity gives great insight into the thinking of those who reject evolution in favor of a narrow, literalist reading of Genesis. Now Numbers has updated his work, discussing the new approach of
so-called Intelligent Design Theory and again showing how it is that so many continue to reject basic science. Ending with a frightening survey of the world-wide success of Creationism, this work is as important as it is a sheer delight to read.

Edward J. Larson

Historians of science and religion have long recognized The Creationists as the finest historical examination of the intellectual origins and development of anti-evolutionism in America. In this expanded edition, Numbers has brought this important book up-to-date by recounting the rise and influence of Intelligent Design and its proponents, and documenting the spread of a new global creationism. The Creationists will remain the benchmark book in its field.
Edward J. Larson, author of Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory, and winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History

Michael Ruse

Ronald Numbers's book, The Creationists, is a modern classic. Deep sympathy combined with critical objectivity gives great insight into the thinking of those who reject evolution in favor of a narrow, literalist reading of Genesis. Now Numbers has updated his work, discussing the new approach of so-called Intelligent Design Theory and again showing how it is that so many continue to reject basic science. Ending with a frightening survey of the world-wide success of Creationism, this work is as important as it is a sheer delight to read.

Michael Ruse, Florida State University, author of The Evolution-Creation Struggle

Elliott Sober

Numbers tells the fascinating story of how Creationism has mutated, adapted, and evolved in a changing social and scientific environment. From the diverse range of Creationist ideas that competed with each other at the time of the Scopes Trial, to the creation of Scientific Creationism, to Intelligent Design theory, and then to the spread of Creationism from the United States to the rest of the world, the history is full of surprises, curiosities, and ironies. Those who wish to understand current opposition to Darwinism, and the larger question of how science and religion interact, must read this book.
Elliott Sober, Hans Reichenbach Professor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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