- Title Pages
- List of Figures
- 1 Studies in Insularity
- 2 Showdown at Subway
- 3 The Prospects for Agreeable Disagreements
- 4 How I Got Here
- 5 My Problems with Religion
- 6 An Introduction to Evolution
- 7 An Introduction to Creationism
- 8 Literalism and Other Canards
- 9 Browsing the Bookstore
- 10 The Best Evidence That God Created
- 11 Fossils, Human and Otherwise
- 12 On Information
- 13 Movies and Television
- 14 The Marginality of Genesis 1
- 15 Intelligent Design vs. Young-Earth Creationism
- 16 Rhetorical Legerdemain
- 17 Conversion Stories
- 18 On Religious Experience
- 19 Creation as Fishtank
- 20 Methodological Naturalism
- 21 Irreducible Complexity
- 22 Creation Cinema
- 23 Creation and Corruption
- 24 Groaning under the Curse
- 25 From Catastrophe to Consummation
- 26 What Does Genesis Mean?
- 27 Theological Phlogiston
- 28 Why I Love Being Jewish
- 29 Building the Creation Model
- 30 Inevitable Humans?
- 31 Unpleasantness
- 32 Conversations in Bookstores
- 33 Is the Earth at the Center of the Universe?
- 34 Things I Learned at the Banquet
Browsing the Bookstore
Browsing the Bookstore
- (p.45) 9 Browsing the Bookstore
- Among the Creationists
- Oxford University Press
In this chapter, the author discusses creationist jargon, beginning with “compromise,” a ubiquitous term usually hurled at Christians willing to accept a non-literal interpretation of Genesis. Another is “science” and its modifications such as “secular science,” “true science,” and “Bible-based science.” The Bible is often referred to as “scripture” or the “Word of God,” the latter sometimes shortened to “the Word” or “God's Word.” There are other adjectives placed before “science,” including “origins science” and “historical science.” Genesis 1 makes frequent reference to the different “kinds” of plants and animals, which proponents of creationism consider to be a meaningful term in biological classification. When it comes to evolution, creationists make a distinction between “microevolution” and “macroevolution.” Discussions of public education bring an additional lexicon to creationism, such as “two models” for origins, one based on “creation” and the other based on “evolution”.
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