CREATION SCIENCE BELIEF SYSTEMS:
Is creation science linked to
conservative Protestant faith groups?
The links between creation science and conservative Christianity:
Some creation scientists are offended at any reference to their beliefs
being associated with Protestant Christianity.
Henry Morris, a conservative Protestant wrote in 1982:
"Evolutionism [sic] is the basic premise of many religions, including
Hinduism, Taoism, Liberal Protestantism, Modernist
Catholicism, Reform Judaism, and others, not to mention
atheism; so these all would naturally tend to oppose creationism.
He left out Agnostics, Unitarian Universalists,
Wicca and other Neopagan
Morris defines creationism is a basic belief of
"all the denominations of conservative Protestantism, but also
traditional Catholicism and Orthodox Judaism, as well as conservative
Islam and other monotheistic religions. It is much broader in scope and
importance than as a particular doctrine of Biblical fundamentalists.
Indeed, it is offensive and discriminatory to these other creationists to
hear constantly that creation is only of concern to certain Protestant
The other monotheistic religions to which he referred are probably
Sikhism and the Baha'i Faith. Although
creationism is taught by the conservative wings of a number of different
religions, essentially all of the creation science promotional activity in
North America is affiliated with Fundamentalist and other Evangelical
churches and organizations. This includes all of the
creationist web pages, research establishments, authors, lecturers,
seminars, radio programs, political action groups and study trips of which we
are aware. Many of the creation science organizations require their
employees to sign loyalty oaths indicating their belief in the literal truth
of the Book of Genesis. Most creationist lectures are held in, and sponsored
by, conservative Christian churches.
The website of the what is perhaps the leading creation research group, the Institute for
Creation Research (ICR), 2 demonstrates
their close affiliation with conservative Christianity:
||Their home page starts with a biblical quotation from Luke 1:70: "As
he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the
world began." |
||Underneath this quotation is a welcoming statement: "We are a Christ
focused Creation ministry where science and the Bible are fully integrated."
||All members must subscribe to a Fundamentalist
Christian statement of beliefs concerning the Bible, the Noachian flood,
creation of the species, etc. |
||ICR's position is that "scientific creationism and Biblical
creationism...are compatible and that all genuine facts of science support
||"...the administration and faculty of ICR are committed to the
tenets of both scientific creationism and Biblical creationism..."
These include beliefs:
||They state that "We are an organization of
Christian men and women of science who accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and
Savior... salvation can come only through accepting Jesus Christ as our
are encouraged to develop and maintain a daily 'walk' with God through
prayer, Bible reading, and fellowship." |
||They distribute a series of pamphlets, tracts and other material that
deal with Christian beliefs. These are primarily written by Henry M.
Morris, and have titles like "Blessings of the Christian Life," "The
amazing prophetic claims of the Lord Jesus Christ," "God's only
begotten son," "The impact of the empty tomb," and "The
resurrection of Christ." 4|
Another major creation science group, the Creation Research Society
(CRS), 5 is also tightly linked with Fundamentalist
||At the top of each page on their web site, other than their home page,
they state: "For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth,
the sea, and all that is in them..."|
||Their Statement of Belief requires that all members "accept
Jesus as Lord and Savior," and that they hold beliefs:
Individuals in the organized creation acience movement may find the
linkage of their beliefs with Evangelical Christianity to be "offensive
and discriminatory." However, it does appear to represent reality.
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
Henry M. Morris "Answers to Common Questions and Criticisms on the CREATION
MOVEMENT", Creation-Life Publishers, Inc., San Diego, CA, (1982). Available at: http://www.icr.org/
Institute for Creation
Research has a Website at
ICR's "Tenets of Creationism" and "Educational philosophy"
are described at:
The ICR's list of pamphlets and tracts are available at:
- The Creation Research
Society has a website at:
The CRS Statement of Belief is at:
Copyright © 1995 to 2005, by
Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally published on 1995-NOV-3
Most recent update: 2005-AUG-30
Author: B.A. Robinson