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Evolution and Religious Creation Myths: How Scientists Respond

Paul F. Lurquin and Linda Stone


Intelligent Design (ID) thinking and older style creationism argue that evolution by natural selection is an incorrect theory. This book demonstrates that in doing so, neocreationism (Intelligent Design) and classical creationism misinterpret the meaning of scientific theories. This is because these religious doctrines imply teleology and purpose in the natural world, which are not analyzable scientifically. In addition, the concept of “irreducible complexity” often invoked by ID proponents is based on a flawed interpretation of scientific data. It also demonstrates that evolutionary thinking ... More

Keywords: creationism, human evolution, Intelligent Design, irreducible complexity, natural selection, origin of life, origin of the universe, scientific theories, teleology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195315387
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315387.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul F. Lurquin, author
Washington State University

Linda Stone, author
Washington State University
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