New Edition of "The Creationists" by Numbers

Ronald Numbers has done terrific work on the history of the creationist movement in N. America. He has revised his earlier work to account for the intelligent design movement. Everyone on all sides of this issue should read this book.

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  1. I read the book last year, and it is indeed a fantastic work. Perhaps because Numbers was raised a Seventh-Day Adventist, he makes it very clear what a large role they played in the modern creationist movement, along with more mainstream groups such as fundamentalists of various stripes, conservative Baptists (Dr. Henry Morris), and Missouri Synod Lutherans. Like Dr. Clark, I highly recommend the book to all.

  2. Another recommendation is Vern Poythress’ Redeeming Science (whic his free online). In just a few chapters 5-11, he boils down from a wide variety of views, showing how many are basically equivalent to each other, until “The shifts from one
    viewpoint to another leave us with two attractive theories, mature creation
    and the analogical day theory.” Brilliant!

  3. I don’t know about the current edition but I read the last edition about 10 years ago and was very impressed with it. I suspect that what bugs young earth creationists is that Dr. Numbers argues that “young earth creationism” is a relatively new phenomenon.

    God Bless
    Steve in Toronto

    • Stephen,

      This review seems to be essentially an ad hominem attack. It appears
      that the reviewer doesn’t much like history. That’s a problem since
      Numbers is a historian. This work is very well done and I’m no one’s

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