Numbers, The Creationists: From Scientific Creationism
to Intelligent Design, Expanded Edition (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006), 180-204; D.
That symposium was a traditional academic reaction to the theological and purportedly scientific content of creationism and a response to a proposal in the Georgia legislature requiring the teaching of scientific creationism
in the public schools.
The attempts of the ID movement to identify itself as science may have, in fact, been counterproductive in making it even more likely to be viewed as another attempt to establish a form of scientific creationism
If scientific creationism
were true science, with credible supporting research, the peer review process would validate its claims and creationist theory would replace evolution as the best scientific explanation of origins to date.
In response to the appearance of Scientific Creationism
and its growing popularity in conservative Protestant circles in the 1960s, Paul de Vries proposed a way of thinking about the scientific enterprise that he named "methodological naturalism.
Not surprisingly, these positions have put them at odds with mainstream geology, which Adventists have dismissed, Numbers traces the fortunes of these views within the Adventist tradition and their connection to the rise of scientific creationism