Anthropology

Anthropology
Open Access

ISSN: 2332-0915

+44-1993-227344

Abstract

Christian Fundamentalism and Science: Answers in Genesis

Simon Dein

It is well recognised that fundamentalist believers hold tenaciously to their beliefs and go to great lengths to rationalise them when presented with conflicting evidence. The descriptive paper begins with a discussion of the development of Christian Fundamentalism and its relationship to science. I then examine the views of one Young Earth creationist group, Answers in Genesis through examination of their websites. This organization rejects modern scientific theories on cosmology, geology, linguistics, palaeontology and evolutionary biology and accepts a worldview which sees the universe, the Earth and life originating about 6,000 years ago. I discuss their views of scientific methodology and their differentiation between operational and origins science.

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