The Maritimes Birth of Creation Science

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Tue., Oct. 21, 2014, 7:30pm

The Maritimes Birth of 'Creation Science'
Tuesday, Oct 21st at 7:30pm
Alumni Hall, University of King’s College
Ronald Numbers,  Hilldale Professor of the History of Science and Medicine Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

Dr. Numbers has been Past President of both the History of Science Society and the American Society of Church History.  He has authored or edited more than two dozen books, including The Creationists: From Scientific Creationism to Intelligent Design.  Along with David Lindberg, he was general editor of the authoritative eight-volume Cambridge History of Science.

Despite Charles Darwin’s announced effort to overthrow “the dogma of separate creations,” organized opposition to his revolution did not appear until the early twentieth century and, even then, most antievolutionists accepted the antiquity of life on Earth.  At the time only a small minority, led by the Maritimes school teacher George McCready Price, insisted on the recent appearance of life and attributed the fossil record to Noah’s flood.  This lecture focuses on the growing dominance of Price’s “flood geology” (renamed “scientific creationism” or “creation science” about 1970), which in the last quarter of the twentieth century emerged as the dominant form of antievolutionism around the world.

Supported by:
Dalhousie University Centre for Comparative Genomics and Evolutionary Bioinformatics (CGEB) and the Situating Science Atlantic Node (