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Is #creationism a #ConspiracyTheory? That is the conversation today between Professor Paul Braterman and I, with some input from #KenHam too.
Paul thinks the answer is “yes,” writing,
“I would argue that the present-day creationist movement is a fully fledged conspiracy theory. It meets all the criteria, offering a complete parallel universe with its own organizations and rules of evidence, and claims that the scientific establishment promoting evolution is an arrogant and morally corrupt elite.”
-Paul Braterman’s Snopes article: Why creationism bears all the hallmarks of a conspiracy theory
Of course, Ken Ham (at #AnswersInGenesis) disagrees, and he may have a point,
“He is deliberately trying to align creationist organizations like Answers in Genesis with events and an organization we have had absolutely nothing to do with, as any true fact-checker would be able to quickly find out.”
-Ken Ham’s response: Snopes Exposed! | Answers in Genesis
As for me, I am not so sure Paul is correct for a different reason. Conspiracy theories are not institutionally strong, as is YEC. That is one reason I wrote my recent article in the Wall Street Journal:
“This might seem like a classic instance of the tension between religion and science. But the real issue is whether Americans can live alongside each other while disagreeing about the most important issues.”
-S. Joshua Swamidass A Compromise on Creationism - WSJ
Let’s talk conspiracy theories, creationism, institutions, and how we can live together across our differences.