Anti-Creationist Positions, Organizations and Their Actions

  • Tom Kaden


This chapter presents the two most important anti-creationist positions in the United States, anti-theistic and ‘nomatic’ anti-creationism. The structure of this chapter differs from the preceding ones on creationism in that they first presented creationist ideas, and then creationist organizations. This two-step approach will also be applied to the treatment of ‘nomatic’ anti-creationism in this chapter, but the ideas and proponents of anti-theistic anti-creationism will be presented together. The reason for this is the difference in structure of this form of opposition to creationism. In the confrontation between creationists and anti-creationists, the position of New Atheism is closely linked to its articulation by a small number of leading representatives, such as Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and especially Richard Dawkins. A separate presentation of ideas and representation would only complicate the understanding of this phenomenon. Hence, the presentation of ​​anti-theistic anti-creationism as an idea in the struggle of ideas coincides with its presentation as a social group in the dispute with other social groups.


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  • Tom Kaden
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  1. 1.Institute of SociologyBayreuth UniversityBayreuthGermany

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