- Title Pages
- List of Figures
- 1 Studies in Insularity
- 2 Showdown at Subway
- 3 The Prospects for Agreeable Disagreements
- 4 How I Got Here
- 5 My Problems with Religion
- 6 An Introduction to Evolution
- 7 An Introduction to Creationism
- 8 Literalism and Other Canards
- 9 Browsing the Bookstore
- 10 The Best Evidence That God Created
- 11 Fossils, Human and Otherwise
- 12 On Information
- 13 Movies and Television
- 14 The Marginality of Genesis 1
- 15 Intelligent Design vs. Young-Earth Creationism
- 16 Rhetorical Legerdemain
- 17 Conversion Stories
- 18 On Religious Experience
- 19 Creation as Fishtank
- 20 Methodological Naturalism
- 21 Irreducible Complexity
- 22 Creation Cinema
- 23 Creation and Corruption
- 24 Groaning under the Curse
- 25 From Catastrophe to Consummation
- 26 What Does Genesis Mean?
- 27 Theological Phlogiston
- 28 Why I Love Being Jewish
- 29 Building the Creation Model
- 30 Inevitable Humans?
- 31 Unpleasantness
- 32 Conversations in Bookstores
- 33 Is the Earth at the Center of the Universe?
- 34 Things I Learned at the Banquet
Studies in Insularity
Studies in Insularity
- (p.3) 1 Studies in Insularity
- Among the Creationists
- Oxford University Press
In this chapter, the author reflects on his experiences among the creationists and comments on their insularity and scientific ignorance. He recalls attending a conference for religious home-schoolers held in Wichita, Kansas which featured speakers from an antievolution organization called Answers in Genesis. During a session addressing the practical problems of starting a home-school, an issue that arose repeatedly was that of protecting children from the perverse influence of “the culture.” The keynote presentations were an odd mix of science and revival. One of the speakers was Ken Ham, the president of Answers in Genesis. In June 2010 the author attended another conference for religious home-schoolers, this time in Richmond, Virginia. He was shocked at conservative Christians lecturing others about indoctrination as well as the incredible insularity of his fellow attendees. He notes how the stage and the pulpit have become the natural milieus for creationism and its supporting ideology.
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