A few days later a woman, who attended the last session at Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church in Atlanta, appeared at my office with some tapes she wanted to let me hear in an effort to convert me to scientific creationism. The tapes were oral chapters of John C.
As Judge Overton said in the 1982 Arkansas decision overturning a law requiring the teaching of scientific creationism, "creation science" was a "religious crusade coupled with a desire to conceal this fact" (6).
Numbers, The Creationists: From Scientific Creationism
to Intelligent Design, Expanded Edition (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006), 180-204; D.
If scientific creationism
were true science, with credible supporting research, the peer review process would validate its claims and creationist theory would replace evolution as the best scientific explanation of origins to date.
To the fearful fundamentalists, evolution is not only a process that could not possibly have happened in a world which God created 6,000 years ago in six 24-hour days, as "scientific creationism
" has it; evolution is the very core of the secular-humanist conspiracy.
The natural sciences must be regulated by methodological naturalism, but outside of those disciplines methodological naturalism is "a disaster." (14) As much as de Vries is concerned by the approach of Scientific Creationism and evolutionistic scientism, he has an equal concern over the inappropriate efforts to apply the scientific method to disciplines outside the sciences.
The proposal by de Vries to consider the work of science as methodological naturalism was well intended and addressed a serious problem arising from Scientific Creationism on the one hand and what he has called evolutionistic scientism on the other.
On another front, the fundamentalist right has not given up on its fight to get evolution out of public-school science classes or to get "equal time" for so-called scientific creationism
. It is now trying to get creationism bootlegged retail into public-school classrooms; in Maryland, for example, petitions are being circulated to get the legislature to mandate creationism in public schools, and similar tactics will almost certainly be attempted in other states.
Schmidt want the schools to teach creation science or scientific creationism
(both are oxymorons) to our children?
It addresses the issues of progress, teleology, explanatory mechanisms, and the ongoing challenge of biblical fundamentalism (now mistakenly referred to as "scientific creationism
McKown draws up a list of Axioms of "Scientific Creationism
" and four Axiom Corollaries.