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Among the CreationistsDispatches from the Anti-Evolutionist Frontline$
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Jason Rosenhouse

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744633

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744633.001.0001

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Studies in Insularity

Studies in Insularity

(p.3) 1 Studies in Insularity
Among the Creationists

Jason Rosenhouse

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.

Keywords:   antievolution, Answers in Genesis, home-school, Ken Ham, indoctrination, creationism, creationists

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