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Creationism and Anti-Creationism in the United States

A Sociology of Conflict


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Tom Kaden
    Pages 1-6
  3. Creationist and Anti-Creationist Ideas and Organizations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Tom Kaden
      Pages 9-20
  4. Theorizing the Creationist Conflict

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
  5. Creationist and Anti-Creationist History, Order and Exemplar Constructs

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 171-205

About this book


This book deals with professional creationist and anti-creationist organizations in America, and describes how the “conflict between science and religion” is the result of the interaction between these two groups. It retraces their history from the 1960s onwards, and identifies crucial turning points that led to new forms of creationism and anti-creationism. It explains their strategies, labels and arguments as effects of this history and structure. Taking a field theoretical approach, the book avoids problems of prior creationism research, making it possible to identify the mechanisms through which creationism generates new strategies, arguments, and media output. The field model is used as an interpretive tool to make sense of some of the most important creationist and anti-creationist publications and media statements.


Answers in Genesis Creationism Creation vs. Evolution Culture War Intelligent Design New Atheism Nonoverlapping Magisteria Science and Religion Sociological Field Theory Theistic Evolution

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of SociologyBayreuth UniversityBayreuth, BavariaGermany

About the authors

Tom Kaden is Research Affiliate at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Creationism and Anti-Creationism in the United States
  • Book Subtitle A Sociology of Conflict
  • Authors Tom Kaden
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-99379-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07596-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-99380-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 205
  • Number of Illustrations 11 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Original German edition published by Harrassowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden, 2015
  • Topics Sociology of Religion
    American Culture
    Religious Studies, general
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