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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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The Marginality of Genesis 1

The Marginality of Genesis 1

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Among the Creationists

Jason Rosenhouse

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, the author considers what religion says about evolution. He reflects on his experience as a participant in the one-day “Darwin vs. Design” conference held in Knoxville, Tennessee, in March 2007. The proceedings were devoted to intelligent design (ID) theory, which became a major player in anti-evolutionism during the 1990s. Central to understanding ID is appreciating that religious objections to evolution go far beyond concerns about the proper understanding of the Bible. The author illustrates this by considering some of the religious responses to evolution in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In particular, he examines the arguments of William Paley, Charles Hodge, and the Catholic Church regarding Darwinism. He concludes by saying that none of the religious opposition to Charles Darwin's views revolved around Genesis 1.

Keywords:   religion, evolution, intelligent design, Bible, William Paley, Charles Hodge, Catholic Church, Darwinism, Charles Darwin, Genesis

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