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Creationism's Trojan HorseThe Wedge of Intelligent Design$
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Barbara Forrest and Paul R. Gross

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195157420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157420.001.0001

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Religion First—and Last

Religion First—and Last

(p.257) 9 Religion First—and Last
Creationism's Trojan Horse

Barbara Forrest

Paul R. Gross

Oxford University Press

This chapter documents the religious essence of intelligent design and establishes its true identity as creationism, based on the words and publications of the intelligent design creationists themselves. The discussion exposes the anti-secular views of the movement’s leaders and documents that intelligent design is not merely a religious but a sectarian Christian movement as explained by William Dembski, who enunciates the movement’s regressive theological underpinnings. The chapter also examines the movement’s Christian financial benefactors, especially Howard Ahmanson, catalogues its association with evangelical Christian organizations, and documents its alliances with Christian extremists. It includes an extensive analysis of intelligent design’s continuity and commonalities with earlier forms of creationism, including young-earth creationism. It closes with an analysis of the Discovery Institute’s effort to establish a presence for intelligent design in higher education by cultivating followers on university faculties and establishing student intelligent design organizations.

Keywords:   intelligent design, Christianity, Christian extremism, financial benefactors, Howard Ahmanson, higher education, young-earth creationism

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