Re: YECs in Australia

George Murphy (""
Sat, 13 Nov 1999 16:00:22 -0500 wrote:
> This has been bugging me for a while, and I'm hoping someone on this learned
> list can help. Even though YEC is found worldwide, it seems to be a fringe
> movement everywhere but the U.S. and Australia. Now we're all familiar with
> the history of the movement in the U.S., but why OZ? Is it homegrown in
> Australia or imported? If imported, was it in the 19th or 20th century?
> Were the issues the same as in the U.S. or different? i.e. is the evolution
> of YEC thought in the two countries a matter of common descent with
> modification or convergence to similar political and theological usage (all
> puns fully intended!!).
> I gather that in the 19th century there was considerable Irish emigration to
> Australia. If a significant number of those emigrants were from vehemently
> anti-Darwinian Belfast, could they have carried the idealogical seed that
> went island-hopping (actually continent-hopping) to the south Pacific?
> Can anyone help me out with this?

Not much. But I can comment that in my 2 years in Australia (1975-77) I
didn't encounter much YEC stuff. Maybe that's because I was in Western Australia,
which geographically is kind of an outpost of an outpost.

George L. Murphy