An atheist chronicles his "creationism" experiences!
Atheist Professor Pens Book About the 'Anti-Evolution Frontline'
by Michael Gryboski
Christian Post Reporter
March 27, 2012
An atheist professor will soon be releasing the hardback version of a book chronicling his experiences attending creation science conferences and sites.
Already available on Kindle and Nook, Jason Rosenhouse's book, titled
> Among the Creationists:includes details about his visits, including to the Creation Museum.
> Dispatches from the Anti-Evolution Frontline,
In an interview with The Christian Post, Rosenhouse, who is an associate professor of mathematics at James Madison University in Virginia, explained his reasons for writing the book.
> "In May 2000, having just finished my graduatesaid Rosenhouse.
> studies in mathematics, I began a post-doc at
> Kansas State University. This was when the fracas
> over their science standards was still in full
> "I found out about a conference for religiousAs to his opinion as to whether or not the conferences on creation science that he attended made convincing arguments, Rosenhouse said that he felt that proponents of creation science made the most valid points regarding "the religious implications of evolution."
> homeschoolers to be held in Wichita It turned out
> that all of the keynote speakers at the conference
> were from Answers in Genesis. This led me to become
> interested in learning more about the science of
> evolution and what my fellow conference attendees
> thought about it."
> "Are we a chance end result of an unpredictablesaid Rosenhouse.
> evolutionary process, or are we the special creations
> of a God who loves us? There is clearly tension here,
> and while many Christians have resolved these issues
> to their own satisfaction I can understand why so
> many others see it as an unavoidable conflict,"
Bob Soresen, who is part of the "Question Evolution Project," told CP that he felt Rosenhouse's account of Creation Science conferences is one that is harmed by Rosenhouse's "own biases and presuppositions."
> "He complained about the lack of 'scholarly literaturesaid Soresen.
> in this area.' Yet, there are many technical articles
> from a variety of scientific disciplines available
> online. Did he bother to check those, and the credentials
> of the creationist scientists?"
> "Frankly, most evolutionists that I have encounteredRosenhouse's book comes during a time when many state legislatures are considering bills that would either insert some form of creation science into public curriculum or encourage a more critical viewpoint of the theory of evolution.
> online who attempt to discredit creation science are
> woefully uninformed as to what is really taught and
> believed by creationists."
For example, in January the Indiana State Senate considered a bill that would have allowed public schools to teach other theories on the origin of life. Senate Bill 89, which was sponsored by State Senator Dennis Kruse, was defeated.
And last week the Tennessee Legislature passed a bill that would encourage "critical thinking" regarding the theory of evolution. Although SB 893 did not add creationism to the curriculum, some church-state watchdog groups believe it would lead to such teachings.
Rosenhouse's book is also coming not long after the Reason Rally was held this past Saturday at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
An estimated 20,000 people attended the event, which included several speakers and some counter demonstrations. Rosenhouse, who also attended, told CP that he felt it was "for the most part" an inspiring event.
> "I think one of the big problems atheism faceshe said.
> is invisibility. A lot of people don't know they
> know an atheist. So an event like this, with the
> attendant press coverage can be very helpful,"
Soresen, however, said the Reason Rally was another example of "New Atheists" co-opting terms like "rational" and "realist" even when their arguments lack reason.
> "I have stopped many atheists in their trackssaid Soresen.
> who call themselves 'rational' and who love
> 'reason,' but utilize the most basic logical
> "Some of the greatest scientists, past and present,--------------------------------------------------
> have been Bible-believing Christians. We need to
> reclaim the ground that has been surrendered to
> secularists, and realize that God gave us minds to