Bibliography on Creationism

Here is part of my big list of academic or otherwise serious work on Christian creationism and anti-evolutionism and related topics (including some on Intelligent Design) from Anthropology, Education, History, Media Studies, Museum Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology and probably other disciplines. The majority of listings are articles in academic journals that may not be available to those not connected to a university. I’ve also included some recent PhD and MA dissertations.  I have not included work of scientists and others that is overtly intended to refute creationism, or theologians attempting to reconcile science with faith. I haven’t bothered categorizing them in any way, most works will fit in a number of different categories.

As I get time, I will post links to those articles that are easily obtainable without university library privileges.

Abraham, Joshua Baiju. 2014. From Scopes to Reagan: Presbyterians and the Persistence of Antievolution. PhD. University of Florida.

Allgaier, Joachim. 2011. Who Is Having a Voice? Journalists Selection of Sources in a Creationism Controversy in the UK Press. Cultural Study of Science Education

Asma, Stephen T. 2011. Risen Apes and Fallen Angels: The New Museology of Human Origins. Curator: The Museum Journal, 54: 141-163

Bafford, Douglas. 2015. Contesting the Secular Other, Constructing the Creationist Self: Scientific Discourse and Religious Narrative among Kentuckian Evangelical Christians. MA Brandeis University.

Baker, Joseph O. 2013. Acceptance of Evolution and Support for Teaching Creationism in Public Schools: The Conditional Impact of Educational Attainment. Reports of the National Center for Science Education 52: 216-228.

Baker, Nicholas M. 2013. The Culture of Anti-intellectualism in Modern America. MA California State University Dominquez Hills.

Barnes, Ralph M. and Rebecca A. Church. 2013: Proponents of Creationism but not Proponents of Evolution Frame the Origins Debate in Terms of Proof. Science and Education 22:577-603.

Barone, Lindsay Marie. 2015. The New Pulpit: Museums, Authority, and the Cultural Reproduction of Young-Earth Creationism. PhD. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Berkman, Michael B. and Eric Plutzer. 2009. Scientific Expertise and the Culture War: Public Opinion and the Teaching of Evolution in the American States. Perspectives on Politics 7: 485-499.

Berkman, Michael and Eric Plutzer. 2010. Evolution, Creationism, and the Battle to Control America’s Classrooms. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Berkman, Michael and Eric Plutzer. 2012. Local Autonomy vs. State Constraints: Balancing Evolution and Creationism in U.S. High Schools. Publius 42: 610-35.

Bielo, James S. 2015. Literally Creative. Pages 20-33 in Vincent L. Wimbush (ed.) Scripturalizing the Human: The Written as Political (New York: Routledge).

Binder, Amy. 2002. Contentious Curricula: Afrocentrism and Creationism in American Public Schools. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Blanke, Stefaan, Hans Henrik Hjermitslev, and Peter C. Kjærgaard (eds.). 2014. Creationism in Europe. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Blanke, Stefaan, Hans Henrik Hjermitslev, Johan Brækman, and Peter C. Kjærgaard. 2013. Creationism in Europe: Facts, Gaps, and Prospects. Journal of the American Academy of Religion 81: 996-1028.

Blanke, Stefaan. 2010. Creationism in the Netherlands. Zygon 45: 791-816.

Blanke, Stefaan. 2011. Towards an Integrated Understanding of Creationism in Europe: Historical, Philosophical and Educational Perspectives. PhD, Universiteit Gent.

Blanke, Stefaan. 2013. Catholic Responses to Evolution, 1859-2009: Local Influences and Mid-Scale Patterns. Journal of Religious History 37: 353-368.

Bolar, Richard Allen. 2014. There’s Power in the Blood: Religion, White Supremacy, and the Politics of Darwinism in America PhD University of California, San Diego.

Boudry, Maarten, Stefaan Blanke, Johan Braeckman. 2012. Grist to the Mill of Anti-Evolutionism: The Failed Strategy of Ruling the Supernatural Out of Science by Philosophical Fiat. Science & Education 21: 1151-1165.

Brooks, Mary M. 2012. Seeing the Sacred Conflicting Priorities in Defining, Interpreting, and Conserving Western Sacred Artifacts. Material Religion 8: 10-28.

Butler, Ella. 2010. God is in the Data: Epistemologies of Knowledge at the Creation Museum. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology 75: 229-251.

CannCasciato, Daniel. 2011. Ethical Considerations in Classification Practice: A Case Study Using Creationism and Intelligent Design. Cataloging And Classification Quarterly. 49: 408-427.

Caudill, Edward. 2013. Intelligently Designed: How Creationists Built the Campaign Against Evolution. Urbana IL: University of Illinois Press.

Chancey, Mark A. 2009. The Bible, the First Amendment, and the Public Schools in Odessa, Texas. Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation 19: 169-205.

Coleman, Simon and Leslie Carlin (eds.). 2004. The Cultures of Creation: Anti-Evolution in English-Speaking Cultures. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Coleman, Simon. 2015. The Social Life of Concepts: Public and Private “Knowledge” of Scientific Creationism.  Pp 104-119 in Religion and Science as Forms of Life: Anthropological Insights into Reason and Unreason. Eds. Carles Salazar and Joan Bestard. New York: Berghan.

Coopersmith, Jared Scott. 2012. Scientific Controversies and Boundary Disputes: The Intelligent Design Movement Network. PhD. University of Pittsburgh.

Corabi, 2009. Intelligent Design and Theodicy. Religious Studies 45: 21-35.

Crapanzano, Vincent. Serving the Word: Literalism in America from the Pulpit to the Bench (2000). New York: New Press.

Dávila, Denise. 2014. When Discourses Collide: Creationism and Evolution in the Public Sphere. Cultural Study of Science Education 9:877-884.

Edwards, Kari. 2012. Six Days of Twenty-Four Hours: The Scopes Trial, Antievolution, and the Last Crusade of William Jennings Bryan. MA University of Mississippi.

Edwards, Kari. 2012. Six Days of Twenty-Four Hours: The Scopes Trial, Antievolution, and the Last Crusade of William Jennings Bryan. MA University of Mississippi.

Ellen, Roy. 2002. Dangerous Fictions and Degrees of Plausibility: Creationism, Evolutionism and Anthropology. Anthropology Today 18: 3-8.

Elsdon-Baker, Fern. 2015. Creating Creationists: The influence of ‘issues framing’ on our understanding of public perceptions of clash narratives between evolutionary science and belief. Public Understanding of Science 24: 422-439.

Evans, John H. 2013. “The Growing Social and Moral Conflict Between Conservative Protestantism and Science.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 52:368-385.

Evans, John H. and Michael S. Evans 2008. Religion and Science: Beyond the Epistemic Conflict Narrative. Annual Review of Sociology 34: 87-105.

Flipse, Abraham C. 2012. The Origins of Creationism in the Netherlands: The Evolution Debate among Twentieth Century Dutch Neo-Calvinists. Church History 81: 104-147.

Goh, Robbie B. H. 2015. Noah’s Ark: Evangelical Christianity and the Creation of a Value Environment in Hong Kong. Material Religion 10: 209-232.

Golden, R. Jeffrey.  2003. Creationism in the American Context: An Intellectual History for a Cultural War. PhD Florida State University.

Guhim, Jeff. “Why Worry about Evolution?: Boundaries, Practices, and Moral Salience in Sunni and Evangelical High Schools.” Sociological Theory, Forthcoming.

Haider-Markel, Donald P., and Mark R. Joslyn. 2008. Pulpits Versus Ivory Towers: Socializing Agents and Evolution Attitudes. Social Science Quarterly 89: 665-683.

Hall, W. David. 2005. Does Creation Equal Nature? Confronting the Christian Confusion about Ecology and Cosmology. Journal of the American Academy of Religion 73: 781-812.

Harding, Susan F. 2000. The Book of Jerry Falwell: Fundamentalist Language and Politics. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Harris, Dean. A. 2003. Three Conversations with George McCready Price: A Study in Historiography, (Auto)Biography, and Creationist Geology. MA California State University.

Hege, Brent 2014. Contesting Faith, Truth, and Religious Language at the Creation Museum: A Historical-Theological Reflection. Theology and Science 12: 142-163.

Homchick, Julie. 2009. Displaying Controversy: Evolution, Creation, and Museums. (PhD Diss., University of Washington)

Jelen, Ted G. and Linda A. Lockett. 2010. American Clergy on Evolution and Creationism. Review of Religious Research 51: 277-287.

Jennings, William H. 2007. Storms over Genesis: Biblical Battleground in America’s Wars of Religion. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.

Knight, John. 1986. “Creation Science” in Queensland: Some Fundamental Assumptions. Social Alternatives 5: 26-31.

Laats, Adam. 2013. The Missionary Supposition: Evolution Education and Creationist Culture. Reports of the National Center for Science Education 33. Np. (available online at

Larson, Edward J. 2003.Trial and Error: The American Controversy over Creation and Evolution third edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

Larson, Edward J. 2006. Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America’s Continuing Debate over Science and Religion. New York: Basic Books.

Lienesch, Michael. 2007. In the Beginning: Fundamentalism, The Scopes Trial, and the Making of the Antievolution Movement. Chapel Hill NC: University of North Carolina Press.

Lienesch, Michael. 2012. Abandoning Evolution: The Forgotten History of Antievolution Activism and the Transformation of American Social Science. Isis 103: 697-709.

Livingstone, David N.. 2014. Dealing With Darwin: Place, Politics and Rhetoric in Religious Engagements with Evolution, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Lindsay, Michael 2008. “Evangelicals in the Power Elite: Elite Cohesion Advancing a Movement.” American Sociological Review 73:60-82.

Livingstone, David N.. Adam’s Ancestors: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Human Origins. Baltimore. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Locke, Simon. 1999. Constructing “The Beginning”: Discourses of Creation Science. New York, Routledge.

Lynch, John. 2013. “Prepare to Believe”: The Creation Museum as Embodied Conversation Narrative. Rhetoric and Public Affairs 16: 1-28.

Malley, Brian. 2004. How the Bible Works: An Anthropological Study of Evangelical Biblicism. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.

Mazur, Allan. 2004. Believers and Disbelievers in Evolution. Politics and Life Sciences 23: 55-61.

McCalla, Arthur. 2006 The Creationist Debate: The Encounter Between the Bible and the Historical Mind. London: T and T Clark.

McCalla, Arthur. 2007. Creationism. Religion Compass 1: 547-560.

McIver, Tom. 1988. Anti-Evolution: An Annotated Bibliography Reprint edition, Jefferson NC, McFarland and Company.

Montgomery, David R. 2012.  The Evolution of Creationism. GSA Today 22: 4-9.

Moore, Randy and Mark D. Decker. 2008. More Than Darwin: The People and Places of the Evolution-Creationism Controversy. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Moran, Jeffrey P. 2012. American Genesis: The Evolution Controversies from Scopes to Creation Science. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Nieminen Petteri. 2015. A Unified Theory of Creationism—Argumentation, Experiential Thinking and Emerging Doctrine. University of Eastern Finland

Nieminen Petteri, Ryökäs Esko, Mustonen Anne-Mari (2015) Experiential Thinking in Creationism—A Textual Analysis. PLoS ONE 10(3): e0118314. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118314

Numbers, Ronald L.  2000. “The Most Important Biblical Discovery of Our Time”: William Henry Green and the Demise of Ussher’s Chronology. Church History: 69: 257-276.

Numbers, Ronald L. 2006. The Creationists: From Scientific Creationism to Intelligent Design. Expanded edn. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press.

Numbers, Ronald. 2011. Clarifying Creationism: Five Common Myths. History and Philosophy of Life Sciences 33: 129-139.

Oberlin, Kathleen Curry. 2014. Mobilizing Epistemic Conflict: The Creation Museum and the Creationist Social Movement. PhD Indiana University.

Oberlin, Kathleen Curry. 2015. “Science Museums and Cultural Authority: The Case of the Creation Museum” Cosmologics: A Magazine of Science, Religion, and Culture, Harvard Divinity School

Park, Hee-Joo. 2000. The Politics of Anti-Creationism: The Committees of Correspondence. Journal of the History of Biology 33: 349-370.

Padian, Kevin. 2009. The Evolution of Creationists in the United States: Where are they Now, and Where Are They Going? C. R. Biologies 332: 100-109.

Paxton, Mark,  2013. Media Perspectives on Intelligent Design and Evolution. Santa Barbara CA: Greenwood.

Rios, Christopher M. 2014. After the Monkey Trial: Evangelical Scientists and a New Creationism. Bronx: Fordham University Press.

Rissler, L., Duncan, S., & Caruso, N. 2014. The relative importance of religion and education on university students’ views of evolution in the Deep South and state science standards across the United States. Evolution: Education and Outreach, 7.

Rogers, Eugene F. 2014. The Sociology and Theology of Creationist Objections to Evolution. How Blood Marks the Bounds of the Christian Body. Zygon 49: 540-553.

Rosenhouse, Jason. 2012. Among the Creationists: Dispatches from the Anti-Evolution Front Line. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Russell, Robert John. Cosmology, Evolution, and Resurrection Hope: Theology and Science in Creative Mutual Interaction. Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Goshen Conference on Religion and Science. Kitchner ON: Pandora Press, 2006.

Seifert, Christine Harrell. 2005. The Common Sense Rhetorics of Anti-Science: Testimonies from Creationists and Anti-Environmentalists. PhD Oklahoma State University.

Shaffer, Leigh S. and Steve Verrastro 2005. The Quasi-Theory of Godlessness in America: Implications of Opposition to Evolution for Sociological Theory. Sociological Viewpoints 21: 73-85.

Shapiro, Adam R. 2013. Trying Biology: The Scopes Trial, Textbooks, and the Antievolution Movement in American Schools. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Shapiro, Adam R. 2014. Darwin’s Foil: The Evolving Uses of William Paley’s Natural Theology 1802-2005. Studies in the History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences 45: 114-123.

Shortell, Timothy. 2011. The Conflict over Origins: A Discourse Analysis of the Creationism Controversy in American Newspapers. Mass Communication and Society 14:431-453.

Smith, Kelly C. 2011. Foiling the Black Night. Synthese 178: 219-235.

Smyczek, Jeremy P. 2008. Darwinism, Dichotomies and Democracy: The Rhetoric of Intelligent Design Creationism. MA University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Speake, Jacquelyn Hoffmann. 2011. Evolution/Creationism Controversy: Analysis of Past and Current Policies in Public Schools and the Practice of Allowing Students to Opt Out of Learning Evolution Concepts. D. Education. University of South Florida.

Stevenson, Jill. 2012. Embodying Sacred History: Performing Creationism for Believers. TDR: The Drama Review 56: 93-113.

Stevenson, Jill. 2013. Sensational Devotion: Evangelical Performance in Twenty-First Century America. University of Michigan Press.

Tison, Richard Perry, II. 2008. Lords of Creation: American Scriptural Geology and the Lord Brothers’ Assault on “Intellectual Atheism”. PhD University of Oklahoma.

Toumey, Christopher P.. 1994. God’s Own Scientists: Creationists in a Secular World. Chapel Hill NC: Rutgers University Press.

Toumey, Christopher P. 1991. Modern Creationism and Scientific Authority. Social Studies of Science 21:681-699.

Village, Andrew and Sylvia Baker. 2013. Rejection of Darwinian Evolution Among Churchgoers in England: The Effects of Psychological Type. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 52: 557-572.

Watkins, Steven Mark 2014. An Analysis of the Creation Museum: Hermeneutics, Language, and Information Theory. PhD, University of Louisville.

Weinberg, Carl R. 2014. “Ye Shall Know Them By Their Fruits”: Evolution, Eschatology, and the Anticommunist Politics of George McCready Price. Church History 83:684-722.

Wendel, Paul J. 2008. Creationism at the Grass Roots: A Study of a Local Creationist Institution. PhD Kent State University.

Wendel, Paul J. 2011. Object-Based Epistemology at a Creation Museum. Science and Education 20: 37-50.

Williams, James G. 2014. Cognitive Dissonance Among College Students When Religiosity is Challenged by Secular World Views. PhD, University of Idaho.

Williams, Peter W. 2008. Creation Museum. Material Religion 4: 373-375.

Wilson, Chase. 2014. The Perceived Threat of Secularism and Militancy among Religious Fundamentalists. MA Loyola University.

Winslow, Mark W., John R. Staver, and Lawrence C. Scharmann. 2011. Evolution and Personal Religious Belief: Christian University Biology-related Majors’ Search for Reconcilliation. Journal of Research in Science and Teaching 48: 1026-1049.

Wood, L. Maren. 2002. The Monkey Trial Myth: Popular Culture Representations of the Scopes Trial. Canadian Review of American Studies 32: 147-164.

Woodill, Sharon Emily. 2014. Intelligent Design, Science, and Sexual Politics. PhD Dalhousie University.

Wright, Bradley R. E., Christina Zozula, and W. Bradford Wilcox. 2012. Bad News about the Good News. Journal of Religion and Society. 14. Online