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Hindu and Christian Creationism: “Transposed Passages” in the Geological Book of Life

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Abstract:

Antievolution arguments of Christian and Hindu creationists often critique Darwin's metaphor of the geological record as an ill-preserved book of life, while highlighting the problem of anomalous fossils. For instance, Bible-based young-Earth creationists point to anomalous humanlike prints alongside authenticated dinosaur tracks to argue for the creation of all life some few thousand years ago. But Vedic-based ancient-hominid creationists view the same sort of evidence as indicating the existence of all species, including the hominids, billions of years ago. I examine the roots of this Hindu Vedic creationism and its recent elaboration among scientifically minded members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Similarities in the methods and rhetorical strategies of the two creationist groups are considered, as well as the underlying motives that have brought together such otherwise disparate religious worldviews.

Keywords: Darwinism; Hindu creationism; International Society for Krishna Consciousness; creationism; evolution; fossil prints; scientific creationism; young-Earth creationism

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9744.00414

Affiliations: Professor and Chair of Religion at Trinity University, USA mbrown@trinity.edu.

Publication date: March 1, 2002

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