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Reason and Creationism

Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Eugenie C. Scott
April 15, 2012
A Celebration of Reason
2012 Global Atheist Convention
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf
Melbourne, Australia

The dictionary definition of reason is “the mental powers concerned with forming conclusions, judgments, or inferences”, or “sound judgment; good sense.” The intersection of reason and creationism Global Atheist Convention 2012 logois understandably a small one, when viewed in this manner. But reason is also defined as the basis or cause of something, as when we speak of the reason for doing something. A reason can also be a statement explaining a belief or action. Viewed this way, of course creationists have reasons for their beliefs – but the beliefs rarely have much to do with the other kinds of reason, reflecting empirical evidence and science. Using examples from creation science and intelligent design, I will explore “reason and creationism”.

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