The Maritimes Origin of ‘Creation Science’
Ronald L. Numbers, Hilldale Professor Emeritus of the History of Science and Medicine,Department of Medical History and Bioethics University of Wisconsin
Tuesday, October 21, 7:30 PM
Alumni Hall, New Academic Building, University of King's College
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 (www.SituSci.ca)