What If Stories, Part IV: War and Creationism in Europe

How did World War I change creationism in Europe?  Check out part four of the National Center for Science Education’s series.

If you’ve been following the series, you’ve read what historians Ron Numbers, Taner Edis, and Adam Shapiro had to say.  How did World War I change the history of creationism in the USA?  In Turkey?  In textbooks?

In today’s post, Abraham C. Flipse of VU University Amsterdam puts in his two cents.  Flipse attracted attention a couple years ago with his history of creationism in the Netherlands.

Obviously, the devastation of the war was much closer to home in the Netherlands.  How would creationism’s history have been different in this “stronghold of creationism” if the war had never happened?

Read Dr. Flipse’s post to find out!

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  1. Tim

     /  April 18, 2014

    Sorry, this is a bit off topic…

    I have always found it ironic that the “National Center for Science Education” is so preoccupied with evolution when evolution is such a small part of science education. Whenever politicians debate about science education it’s about evolution. Why so much? I would have no beef with the NCSE if they called themselves what they truly are: the National Center for Evolution Education.

    I believe the implication is that without a promotion of evolution education, our scientific credibility will decline – a sentiment echoed by Bill Nye many times recently. But if that is so, why did none of the recipients of the Breakthrough Awards in Science go to an evolutionary concept?


    • Right on topic, I think. I hate to put words in NCSE’s mouth, but I think they might also say that they are very concerned with climate change skepticism as well. And I think the folks at NCSE would agree that there are other hugely important issues in science education. For example, I’d guess the NCSE would be big boosters of more scientific education for future and current science teachers. Lots of bad teaching goes on in every field, not from any ideological or theological reason, but just because lots of teachers have very little education in the content they’re teaching.

    • willbell123

       /  April 20, 2014

      The NCSE focuses primarily on evolution because it is one of the issues that Americans are having the hardest time accepting. No one complains about teaching relativity in schools, if they did the NCSE would probably make that another focus.

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