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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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How I Got Here

How I Got Here

(p.16) 4 How I Got Here
Among the Creationists

Jason Rosenhouse

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, the author presents some relevant biographical information about how a nonreligious mathematician like him developed an interest in evolution and creationism as well as his general views toward science and religion. He recalls listening to the preaching of the Christian evangelist Luis Palau while he was a graduate student in mathematics at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Another incident that he remembers was when the Dartmouth student newspaper published an essay in its opinion section claiming that evolution was not only fallacious as a scientific theory, but was also a tool of Satan. He decided to learn more about evolution and creationism by reading books and articles. He came to understand the extent to which the creationists had distorted both the evidence for evolution and the views of scientists regarding it.

Keywords:   evolution, creationism, science, religion, Luis Palau, mathematics, Dartmouth College, creationists, scientists

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