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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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Conversations in Bookstores

Conversations in Bookstores

(p.202) 32 Conversations in Bookstores
Among the Creationists

Jason Rosenhouse

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, the author shares interesting stories that took place at the bookstore during the Sixth International Conference on Creationism, held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in August 2008. The ICC's bookstore, according to the organizers, was the largest collection of creationist materials ever assembled. On the second day of the ICC, a young man approached the author in the bookstore. He asked the young man why he was a creationist, and the latter answered that he came to Christ when he was twelve, but gave no thought to the evolution question until several years later. When he heard a sermon at his church discussing the issue from a creationist perspective, he concluded that the creationists had the better arguments. The author also recalls having a conversation at the same bookstore with one of his students. Finally, he cites sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund's 2010 study in which she surveyed scientists' beliefs about God compared to all Americans.

Keywords:   bookstore, Sixth International Conference on Creationism, Pennsylvania, creationism, evolution, Elaine Howard Ecklund, scientists, God

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