- 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
- (p.96) 17 Conversion Stories
- Among the Creationists
- Oxford University Press
In this chapter, the author considers the role of conversion stories in intelligent design (ID) discourse. Conversion stories feature prominently in creationist rhetoric. Just as evangelical Christians delight in telling you of the moment they came to a saving faith in Jesus Christ, proponents of creationism are eager to tell you when they became aware of the inadequacies of Darwinian evolution. An interesting representative of both genres at once is an account from Hank Hanegraaf, a popular Christian writer and talk-radio host. The author shares two conversion stories from the “Darwin vs. Design” conference held in Knoxville, Tennessee, in March 2007: one from a conference organizer and one from speaker Lee Strobel.
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