Urgent Need to Fight Creationism

After years of studying the creation-evolution controversy, I  have no doubts about the religious intent of the  creationists. As Ayala, Gould and Gell-Mann suggest, creationists are simply using science to bolster their credibility as they seek to bring their religious theories to the public schools. In fact, this goal is made explicit in a creationist newsletter, which advises their vanguard to "sell more science. . . . Who can object to teaching more science?" Yet the creationists h

Dorothy Nelkin
Nov 16, 1986

After years of studying the creation-evolution controversy, I  have no doubts about the religious intent of the  creationists. As Ayala, Gould and Gell-Mann suggest, creationists are simply using science to bolster their credibility as they seek to bring their religious theories to the public schools. In fact, this goal is made explicit in a creationist newsletter, which advises their vanguard to "sell more science. . . . Who can object to teaching more science?" Yet the creationists have done little to develop the empirical evidence needed to support their so-called science. For them, the Bible is sufficient.

Creationists have influenced teachers, school boards and textbook publishers because there is considerable public support for their demands. According to surveys,
most Americans believe that both the scientific theory of evolution and the biblical theory of creation should be taught in public schools. In the United States, citizens assume that democratic notions of...

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