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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

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

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520257580.003.0003

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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