Creationism in British Schools

Peddling and Scaling God and Darwin

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Tonight Creationism was discussed on Newsnight. Essentially Creationism holds that God created the earth in 6 24-hours days some 6000 to 10000 years ago. Ussher gave the date of 4004BC in 1656 before there was any geology. Many think creationism is the traditional church teaching, but before the evidence for an ancient earth in 1800AD, the church was ambivalent as there was no evidence either way. Thus Christians before 1800 had little to go on, but many did not take the Bible literally.

By 1800 or so most educated people in Europe, including Christians and the clergy accepted the vast age put forward by geologists, who were often Christian. From 1820 in Britain some well-meaning Christians tried to show that geology was wrong. More secular geologists like Lyell simply scorned them and let them get eviscerated by Christian geologists like Adam Sedgwick (Darwin’s geology teacher) and William Buckland. As…

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2 thoughts on “Creationism in British Schools

  1. Paul Braterman

    As usual, you are too polite. The South Lanarkshire books were not only creationist. they also asserted that the reason people believe evolution (“an indefensible theory”) is to free of their moral responsibility to God.

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