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The Pillars of Creationism

Eugenie C. Scott, PhD

April 8, 2009
105 Olin Hall
2190 E. Iliff Avenue
Denver University

Three arguments have characterized the creationist movement since the Scopes Trial of 1925. One or more of these “pillars of creationism” are found in any given creationist book, video, letter to the editor, legislation, policy statement – virtually any source. Of most importance to creationists themselves is the concept that evolution and Christian religion are incompatible. They also contend that evolution as a scientific explanation is weak, and on the verge of being abandoned by scientists – who are just not letting the public in on the big secret. Finally, the most successful of the pillars is the “fairness” pillar: the idea that it is only fair to “balance” evolution with the presentation of some alternative. These alternatives have variously included creationism, creation science, intelligent design, and “evidence against evolution.” All of the pillars of creationism have factual or conceptual weaknesses which remove them as serious challenges to evolution, but all three continue to be proposed with success to the public.

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