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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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Among the Creationists

Jason Rosenhouse

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, the author discusses creationist jargon, beginning with “compromise,” a ubiquitous term usually hurled at Christians willing to accept a non-literal interpretation of Genesis. Another is “science” and its modifications such as “secular science,” “true science,” and “Bible-based science.” The Bible is often referred to as “scripture” or the “Word of God,” the latter sometimes shortened to “the Word” or “God's Word.” There are other adjectives placed before “science,” including “origins science” and “historical science.” Genesis 1 makes frequent reference to the different “kinds” of plants and animals, which proponents of creationism consider to be a meaningful term in biological classification. When it comes to evolution, creationists make a distinction between “microevolution” and “macroevolution.” Discussions of public education bring an additional lexicon to creationism, such as “two models” for origins, one based on “creation” and the other based on “evolution”.

Keywords:   creationism, Genesis, science, Bible, evolution, microevolution, macroevolution, public education, lexicon, creation

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