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Religion First—and Last

Barbara Forrest and Paul R. Gross

in Creationism's Trojan Horse

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195157420
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199894000 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157420.003.0010
Religion First—and Last

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This chapter documents the religious essence of intelligent design and establishes its true identity as creationism, based on the words and publications of the intelligent design creationists themselves. The discussion exposes the anti-secular views of the movement’s leaders and documents that intelligent design is not merely a religious but a sectarian Christian movement as explained by William Dembski, who enunciates the movement’s regressive theological underpinnings. The chapter also examines the movement’s Christian financial benefactors, especially Howard Ahmanson, catalogues its association with evangelical Christian organizations, and documents its alliances with Christian extremists. It includes an extensive analysis of intelligent design’s continuity and commonalities with earlier forms of creationism, including young-earth creationism. It closes with an analysis of the Discovery Institute’s effort to establish a presence for intelligent design in higher education by cultivating followers on university faculties and establishing student intelligent design organizations.

Keywords: intelligent design; Christianity; Christian extremism; financial benefactors; Howard Ahmanson; higher education; young-earth creationism

Chapter.  27604 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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