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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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Literalism and Other Canards

Literalism and Other Canards

(p.39) 8 Literalism and Other Canards
Among the Creationists

Jason Rosenhouse

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, the author considers basic aspects of creationism and some misconceptions about creationists that have been common in his experience. First, creationists are not biblical literalists; they understand, like everyone else, that the Bible includes many literary genres. They argue, however, that if you are going to interpret a passage non-literally there should be strong textual grounds for doing so. Second, young-Earth creationists do not err in thinking that Genesis is a science textbook—at least not in the simplistic way that is often suggested. They do, however, believe that the Bible is inerrant on any subject it addresses. Creationists also do not make an acceptance of their view of Genesis essential to one's status as a Christian. The author also cites two reasons why creationists are obsessively focused on Genesis: the first is that creationists genuinely believe that theirs is the only interpretation of the Bible that makes sense; the second is the slippery slope they perceive leading from a non-literal interpretation of Genesis to wrong-thinking on more central issues.

Keywords:   creationism, creationists, Bible, Genesis, science

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