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CREATION SCIENCE BELIEF SYSTEMS:

Is creation science linked to
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The links between creation science and conservative Christianity:

Some creation scientists are offended at any reference to their beliefs being associated with Protestant Christianity.

Henry Morris, a conservative Protestant wrote in 1982:  

"Evolutionism [sic] is the basic premise of many religions, including Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Taoism, Liberal Protestantism, Modernist Catholicism, Reform Judaism, and others, not to mention humanism and atheism; so these all would naturally tend to oppose creationism. 1

He left out Agnostics, Unitarian Universalists, Wicca and other Neopagan religions.

Morris defines creationism is a basic belief of

"all the denominations of conservative Protestantism, but also traditional Catholicism and Orthodox Judaism, as well as conservative Islam and other monotheistic religions. It is much broader in scope and importance than as a particular doctrine of Biblical fundamentalists. Indeed, it is offensive and discriminatory to these other creationists to hear constantly that creation is only of concern to certain Protestant conservatives."

The other monotheistic religions to which he referred are probably Sikhism and the Baha'i Faith. Although creationism is taught by the conservative wings of a number of different religions, essentially all of the creation science promotional activity in North America is affiliated with Fundamentalist and other Evangelical churches and organizations. This includes all of the creationist web pages, research establishments, authors, lecturers, seminars, radio programs, political action groups and study trips of which we are aware. Many of the creation science organizations require their employees to sign loyalty oaths indicating their belief in the literal truth of the Book of Genesis. Most creationist lectures are held in, and sponsored by, conservative Christian churches.

The website of the what is perhaps the leading creation research group, the Institute for Creation Research (ICR), 2 demonstrates their close affiliation with conservative Christianity:

bulletTheir home page starts with a biblical quotation from Luke 1:70: "As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began."
bulletUnderneath this quotation is a welcoming statement: "We are a Christ focused Creation ministry where science and the Bible are fully integrated."
bulletAll members must subscribe to a Fundamentalist Christian statement of beliefs concerning the Bible, the Noachian flood, creation of the species, etc.
bulletICR's position is that "scientific creationism and Biblical creationism...are compatible and that all genuine facts of science support the Bible."
bullet"...the administration and faculty of ICR are committed to the tenets of both scientific creationism and Biblical creationism..." These include beliefs:
bulletIn the Trinity,
bulletIn God's inspiration of the biblical authors,
bulletIn the inerrancy of the Bible,
bulletIn the six-day creation stories in Genesis,
bulletIn the resurrection of Jesus,
bulletThat entrance into Heaven will be restricted to the saved -- those who have trusted Jesus as Lord and Savior
bulletThose who have rejected Jesus or have never heard of him will be relegated to the "everlasting fire of Hell, prepared for the devil and his angels."  3
bulletThey state that "We are an organization of Christian men and women of science who accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior... salvation can come only through accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior."
bulletICR "students are encouraged to develop and maintain a daily 'walk' with God through prayer, Bible reading, and fellowship."
bulletThey distribute a series of pamphlets, tracts and other material that deal with Christian beliefs. These are primarily written by Henry M. Morris, and have titles like "Blessings of the Christian Life," "The amazing prophetic claims of the Lord Jesus Christ," "God's only begotten son," "The impact of the empty tomb," and "The resurrection of Christ.4

Another major creation science group, the Creation Research Society (CRS), 5 is also tightly linked with Fundamentalist Christianity:

bulletAt the top of each page on their web site, other than their home page, they state: "For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them..."
bulletTheir Statement of Belief requires that all members "accept Jesus as Lord and Savior," and that they hold beliefs:
bulletThat "the Bible is the written Word of God,"
bulletIn God's inspiration of the biblical authors,
bulletThat God created the universe in the six days of creation week,
bulletThat the flood described in Genesis actually happened and covered the entire  world, and
bulletThat salvation comes only through belief in Jesus Christ as Savior.

Individuals in the organized creation acience movement may find the linkage of their beliefs with Evangelical Christianity to be "offensive and discriminatory." However, it does appear to represent reality.

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References:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Henry M. Morris "Answers to Common Questions and Criticisms on the CREATION MOVEMENT", Creation-Life Publishers, Inc., San Diego, CA, (1982). Available at: http://www.icr.org/
  2. Institute for Creation Research has a Website at http://www.icr.org/
  3. ICR's "Tenets of Creationism" and "Educational philosophy" are described at: http://www.icr.org/
  4. The ICR's list of pamphlets and tracts are available at: http://www.icr.org/
  5. The Creation Research Society has a website at: http://www.creationresearch.org/
  6. The CRS Statement of Belief is at: http://www.creationresearch.org/

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