Keith Doyle What makes a creationist? 1) Have anyone done a psychological profile of a cre

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Keith Doyle What makes a creationist? > 1) Have anyone done a psychological profile of > a creationist? What are his motives? An attempt to reconcile conflicting "truths" (a misnomer in both cases), that given by a particular and rigid interpretation of a religious book, and that given by scientific investigation of geology, biology, astronomy, etc. What's interesting is neither of these two sources are particularly compelling as capital-T "TRUTH" and science for one, doesn't even claim to be (though interestingly enough, we have seen that the creationists are themselves inclined to consider science=TRUTH just as they are their particular rigid interpretation of the Bible). The common thread here seems to be a need for certainty in a world where certainty only exists in authoritarian dogma. > 2) Why do creationist put up arguements that even > a high school science student can find holes in? Because most of them didn't do very well in high school science, or went to private schools that didn't teach the same sort of science you may have had. > 3) Why do creationist keep bringing religion into > their "theories"? Can't their theories stand on > their own. (Theories? We don't need no steenkin' theories!). It's hard for them to keep religion out of creationism, because they don't really want to. The point *is* to shoehorn religion back into the public schools, or, failing that, undermine the public schools in favor of private sectarian schools. > 4) Why do creationist keep insisting that the bible > is the literal truth? It's worse than that, they keep insisting that their *specific interpretation* of the Bible is the literal truth. There are religious people who can see and understand the evidence for evolution who also believe in the literal truth of the Bible, and also understand that creationist "literal truth" is artificially constrained. > 5) Why do people "become" creationist in the first place? > What kind of people accepts these creationist > ideas? Right-wing conservatives who feel that their religious system has determined without a doubt what God thinks, and that he thinks that everyone else should unquestionably pay attention to this unique knowledge on the subject. Persons who want to enforce their unique understanding of God's laws on the American people through American government. People who have taken what little understanding they may have had and traded it in for their undeniable self-righteousness. > 6) What economic benefits do "crackpots" have in > advancing their creationist arguements? A large portion of the American public is anti-intellectual, and creationism rewards them for being so. If you ain't smart, you can be better than any genius simply by knowing the undeniable TRUTH. Economic benefits? You'll PAY to know what you REALLY think. For me, if I ain't smart, I'd rather just assert my Bob given right to be Sub-Genius.

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