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For the Rock RecordGeologists on Intelligent Design$
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Jill Schneiderman

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257580

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257580.001.0001

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Creationist Perspectives on Geology

Creationist Perspectives on Geology

(p.21) Two Creationist Perspectives on Geology
For the Rock Record

Timothy H. Heaton

University of California Press

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

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