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History of the Evolution vs. Creationism controversy

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The Missing Link – a monthly podcast on the history of science, medicine and technology – has just launched a three-episode series on the fascinating history behind the evolution-intelligent design controversy.

Episode 8, just posted at, begins the series with an investigation into how the nature of scientific method has changed over the centuries. Discover at just what point science invented rules that creationism could not follow.

Future episodes will consider topics like Jewish and Catholic responses to the evolution-ID controversy, why the creationism movement waned in the immediate postwar period in America, and how the very word “evolution” might be inadvertently fueling the controversy.

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Written by LeisureGuy

29 February 2008 at 11:53 am

Posted in Religion, Science

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  1. Just about every primitive society had a creation myth, and it seems that some Jews and Christians have bought into an ancient Middle Eastern tale. What surprises me is that creationists are not asked questions that immediately occur (in no special order), such as the following: Was god the only thing that existed before creation? Was there time and space before creation? How about heaven? Angels? Why did god create this imperfect world? Was that all that he (following the convention that god is male) capable of doing? If the god is all-powerful, why did he need six days to create the whole shebang? And also, why did he take a break when he was finished? Why couldn’t he do the entire job in one go, or was he making it up as he went along? Also, the lame attempts of the creationists to explain away the findings of science are so absurd and even pathetic that I wonder that they don’t turn red with embarrassment. They seem to have to rely on the notion that the Bible is “the word of god”, which, if so, indicates a god who found some of the worst aspects of human nature absolutely fascinating. One explanation of this was suggested to me by Malcolm Wyatt, who said that god, being perfect, was bored, and so he turned to creation for entertainment. Thus the moral imperative is to put on a good show.


    1 March 2008 at 2:42 am

  2. Religion was meant to be a pre-scientific attempt at explaining the universe.
    NOW that we do have science, we must realize that religion falls far behind the progression of rational thought… thank you for your commentary though harsh; the truth doesn’t have to be merciful

    Daniel Vazquez

    29 April 2008 at 8:23 pm

  3. A very interesting article on the development of thought about science and religion.


    29 April 2008 at 8:29 pm

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