New article on the ASA web site

Terry M. Gray (
Mon, 10 Mar 1997 11:53:53 -0500

Here's a new article in the resources section of the ASA site:

A Brief History of the Modern American Creation Movement by Jerry Bergman

Copyright 1993 Jerry Bergman
[Originally published in Contra Mundum No. 7 Spring 1993. Used by permission.]


Some of the More Prominent Early 1900 Creationists
Elements of the Movement
The Religion and Science Association
The Creation-Deluge Society
Creationism as a Modern Social Movement
The Creation Research Society
Other Creationist Groups
Non-American Creationist Groups
Jewish and Catholic Groups
Creation in Academia
The 1980 Legislation History of Creationists

The creation-evolution controversy, often described as an issue that
will be with us for
some time, is a conflict essentially between naturalism, the
position that life emerged out
of mater and energy through natural forces, and the various theistic
world views, all of
which hold that the universe is a product of intelligence, order and

The history of the major modern creation movements, from the early
1900s' work of George
McCready Price to the most recent resurgence initiated by Henry
Morris and John
Whitcomb and their book The Genesis Flood, is reviewed. The social
factors involved are
also discussed, as are some of the main controversies and schisms.
The various creation
organizations were also reviewed, covering their history, the
founderss backgrounds, and
some of their major activities.

From its start, considerable diversity has existed in the movement,
including the extent of
historical evolution accepted, the explanatory value of macro versus
micro evolution, the
age of the earth and related issues. Many of the important persons
involved in the
movement were long-age creationists and a large number do not fit
into the stereotype of
creationists as often presented in the mass media today. The term
progressive creationism
would most accurately describe the view of most of those who have
dominated the

Terry M. Gray, Ph.D. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Calvin College 3201 Burton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Office: (616) 957-7187 FAX: (616) 957-6501

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