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Old Earth Creationism

Old Earth Creationism (OEC), is a variety of creationism which has existed for hundreds of years; it encompasses a wide range of beliefs. Like Young Earth Creationists, Old Earth Creationists hold that various aspects of living things were created by special supernatural intervention. Unlike Young Earth Creationists, however, Old Earth Creationists accept the scientific evidence for the age of the earth and the universe.

Young Earth Creationism

When most people hear the word "creationism," they probably think of the variety called Young Earth Creationism (YEC). Young Earth Creationists adopt a method of Biblical interpretation which requires that the earth be no more than 10,000 years old, and that the six days of creation described in Genesis each lasted for 24 hours. Young Earth Creationists believe that the origin of the earth, the universe, and various forms of life, etc., are all instances of special creation.

Discovery Institute tries to "swift-boat" Judge Jones

by Kevin Padian and Nick Matzke

As predictable as sunup, the Discovery Institute reacted to their drubbing in Federal Court (Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School Board, 20 December 2005) without the least introspection. One would have thought that after six weeks of testimony by both sides in the public debate (there is, of course, no scientific debate) about evolution and intelligent design, both sides would say, "Okay, we gave it our best shot," and at least have the common decency to read the Court’s decision before spinmeistering.

Ohio's Battle against Creationism

The Evolutionary Wars in Ohio gives an insightful report on a long fight over science standards in Ohio as the situation stood in the Fall of 2002.

NCSE news stories about Ohio in 2002

Ken Miller's response to Jonathan Wells with regard to Ohio standards.

Creationist Websites

Here is a sampling of links to websites representing a variety of forms of creationism, including young-earth, old-earth, and "intelligent design" creationism.

Anti-Evolution Incidents

Anti-evolution episodes can be small or large, short or enduring, largely private or largely public. In some cases, these episodes result in legal battles and lawsuits, even reaching the United States Supreme Court. See our special section on Creationism and the Law to learn about major legal cases concerning evolution education.

Recommended Books about Creationism and Evolution

(Book titles are linked to Amazon.)

Alters, Brian J. and Sandra Alters
Defending Evolution: A guide to the creation/evolution controversy
Sudbury, Mass: Jones & Bartlett Pub (2001)

The Wedge Document

(Note - This is the text of the Discovery Institute's "Wedge Document," prepared in 1998. It lays out "the Wedge strategy" by which the newly-formed Center for Renewal of Science and Culture would promote "intelligent design" creationism.)




Forum on "Intelligent Design" held at the American Museum of Natural History (April 23, 2002)

Forum on "Intelligent Design" held at the American Museum of Natural History (April 23, 2002)

This is a transcript of a forum held at the American Museum of Natural History on the idea of "Intelligent Design". The featured speakers were Dr. William Dembski and Dr. Michael Behe as proponents of the idea of "Intelligent Design" and Dr. Robert Pennock and Dr. Kenneth Miller as critics of the idea. The program was moderated by Dr. Eugenie Scott. Throughout the transcript each speaker is identified by their initials.

Toe to Toe with Young-Earth Creationists

by Bill Thwaites

Dedicated to Frank Awbrey

Becoming Aware of Creationism

The first I ever heard of creationism was in a mailing I received from the Creation Science Quarterly in the late 1960's. It was a call for papers supporting the biblical account of creation. I saved the announcement in a file folder called “Funny Mail,” but have since lost it. I wondered what kind of journal would limit its contributions to those supporting only one conclusion?


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