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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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Intelligent Design vs. Young-Earth Creationism

Intelligent Design vs. Young-Earth Creationism

(p.83) 15 Intelligent Design vs. Young-Earth Creationism
Among the Creationists

Jason Rosenhouse

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, the author examines intelligent design (ID) in the context of the legal history of disputes about evolution in US public education. He first reflects on his experience as a participant in the one-day “Darwin vs. Design” conference held in Knoxville, Tennessee, in March 2007 and devoted to ID theory. He then considers the differences between ID and young-Earth creationism with respect to Genesis, Noah's flood, or the age of the Earth. The superficial sophistication of ID arguments, coupled with its lack of overt religiosity, has persuaded some that ID should not be considered creationism at all. Most scientists reject that notion, insisting that sometimes one must look beneath the surface. The author argues that the similarities between ID and creationism are far more significant than the differences.

Keywords:   intelligent design, evolution, public education, Darwin vs. Design conference, creationism, Genesis, Noah's flood, Earth

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