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Creationism in the Netherlands

Stefaan Blancke (UGent)
(2010) ZYGON. 45(4). p.791-816
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Recent events indicate that creationists are becoming increasingly active in the Netherlands. This article offers an overview of these events. First, I discuss the introduction of Intelligent Design (ID) creationism into the Dutch public sphere by a renowned physicist, Cees Dekker. Later, Dekker himself shifted towards a more evolution-friendly position, theistic evolution. Second, we will see how Dekker was followed in this shift by Andries Knevel, who is an important figure within the Dutch evangelical broadcasting group, the Evangelische Omroep. His conversion to ID and, consequently, to theistic evolution, brought him into conflict with young-Earth creationists who still strongly identify themselves with the EO. Third, provoked by the ‘dissidence’ of prominent orthodox believers and the celebrations surrounding the Darwin year, young-Earth creationists became very visible. After three decades of relative silence, they started a project to make sure that the Dutch people would hear of the so-called ‘alternatives’ to evolutionary theory. This article (1) adds to the alarmingly growing number of reports on creationists’ increased activity in Europe; and (2) suggests that ID, in a context different from the United States, did not unite, but rather divided, the Dutch orthodox protestant community.
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intelligent design, the Netherlands, Andries Knevel, Europe, Cees Dekker, antievolutionism, young-Earth creationism, wedge, creationism

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Blancke, Stefaan. “Creationism in the Netherlands.” ZYGON 45.4 (2010): 791–816. Print.
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Blancke, S. (2010). Creationism in the Netherlands. ZYGON, 45(4), 791–816.
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Blancke, Stefaan. 2010. “Creationism in the Netherlands.” Zygon 45 (4): 791–816.
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Blancke, Stefaan. 2010. “Creationism in the Netherlands.” Zygon 45 (4): 791–816.
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Blancke S. Creationism in the Netherlands. ZYGON. 2010;45(4):791–816.
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S. Blancke, “Creationism in the Netherlands,” ZYGON, vol. 45, no. 4, pp. 791–816, 2010.
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  number       = {4},
  pages        = {791--816},
  title        = {Creationism in the Netherlands},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9744.2010.01134.x},
  volume       = {45},
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