Creationism in Europe: Facts, Gaps and Prospects

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  • Stefaan Blancke, Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Hans Henrik Hjermitslev, University College South Denmark , Denmark
  • Johan Braeckman, Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Peter C. Kjærgaard, Denmark
The purpose of our article is threefold. First, we present and discuss the extant literature on creationism in Europe (the “facts”). Within this section, we offer a review of the literature as well as an overview of the most remarkable developments and events recorded therein. Second, we indicate which material is missing from the literature (the “gaps”) and signal which gaps we think should first be filled. Third, on the basis of a forthcoming international historical study, we outline the possible factors that affect the popularity of creationism in Europe (the “prospects”). We also sketch how a sustained study of European creationism can contribute to other research domains such as the study of cultural evolution and the relation between science and religion.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Religion
Pages (from-to)996-1028
Number of pages33
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2013

    Research areas

  • Creationism, Evolution, Human evolution, Politics, Fundamentalism, Science and religion, Religious activism, European history

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