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Creationists gather to convince UK

02 November 2006

KEN HAM, founder of the Creationist organisation Answers in Genesis (AiG), said last week that, just because Dr Rowan Williams was Archbishop of Canterbury, it did not mean he was correct.

Mr Ham was one of the main speakers at the three-day International Creation Conference at Swanwick in Derbyshire. He was responding to a reporter's questions about what Dr Williams had said about creation, including his view that Genesis was an allegory.

Dr Williams had told The Guardian (News, 24 March) that he did not believe Creationism should be taught in schools. Mr Ham said that all Christian doctrines were founded in Genesis. "If Genesis is not literal history, then they have no foundation."

About 400 delegates, church leaders among them, assembled from various Christian denominations for the conference, the first of its kind in the UK. 

A spokeswoman for AiG-UK said this week that, despite the current climate of concern in the Church about the teaching of Creationism, the conference had proved very popular.

"All our speakers were from the academic world and spoke from a Creationist view point. One of them pointed out that the dating methods in evolution studies have so many flaws."

The spokeswoman said that one of the delegates had studied a transcript of the interview with Dr Williams, and it was not as big a thing as the media had portrayed it to be.

John Mackay, a leading Australian Creationist, started a tour of the country this month. He will speak at schools and churches. Mr Mackay, whose visit will continue till the end of June, founded Creation Research, based in Brisbane.

A statement from the organisation released to coincide with Mr Mackay's visit said that Creation Research's priority "has always been to present the evidence for creation against evolution".

Earlier this month, the Royal Society, the scientific academy of the UK, issued a statement on evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent Design. It opposed "the misrepresentation of evolution in schools to promote particular religious beliefs".

The statement says that evolution is "recognised as the best explanation for the development of life on Earth from its beginnings and for the diversity of species", and that it is "rightly taught as an essential part of biology and science courses in schools, colleges and universities across the world".

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