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Creationist Perspectives on Geology

Timothy H. Heaton

in For the Rock Record

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257580
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943711 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520257580.003.0003
Creationist Perspectives on Geology

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Probably no scientific discipline has been more contentious among creationists than geology. At the time Charles Darwin published his Origin of Species, the concept of an old Earth with a complex history had been widely accepted among Christians. In his books on the history of creationism in America, historian Ronald Numbers documents the transition during the twentieth century from old-Earth creationists to the remarkable rise of young-Earth creationism. Today we see a different shift in the geological arguments being used by creationists. Proponents of intelligent design (ID) have dropped the demand for a young Earth and focused solely on evidence for a designer. Even before the rise of the ID movement, a group loosely called Progressive Creationists continued to accept the evidence for an old Earth while remaining skeptical about evolution. This essay reviews the geologic claims of modern young-Earth creationists, progressive creationists, and ID advocates and shows how they contrast with secular geology and with one another on their geological perspectives.

Keywords: Progressive Creationists; geology; creationism; old Earth; intelligent design; young Earth; evolution

Chapter.  7240 words. 

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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