Have you noticed?
Creationist leaders are predominantly—well, basically exclusively—white Protestant men. Look at the staff of the Institute for Creation Research and the Discovery Institute.
Both have large presences here in Dallas.
I don’t why Ronald Numbers and George Marsden overlooked race in evaluating evangelicals, but I assume they were focused on other things.
Anyway, the culture war also has a class aspect. It seems to me, after 11 years of studying it professionally.
Middle class evangelicals lean toward antievolutionist, university-rejecting postures due to their sense the university is an irredeemably unholy place.
I go to church apparently with two billionaires at Highland Park Presbyterian. This is somewhat hilarious as I make an adjunct professor’s food-stamp salary.
HPPC doesn’t seem to me to be a culture-war place. They lent a room for a Discovery fundraiser, but one pastor I interviewed has no clue what Discovery is.
HPPC is also less than a mile from elite SMU, the Harvard of Dallas.
Anyway, here are some links about antievolutionists I have found since being here.
Eric Metaxas a vocal Trump supporter allied with Discovery here at a megachurch.
Ray Bohlin of Probe Ministries is a fellow of Discovery and has been given the pulpit at mighty Watermark church to talk about science to thousands.
Discovery has done seminars at Southwestern Bapt Seminary here in Fort Worth, the world’s largest seminary.
Kerby Anderson of Probe has been given the pulpit multiple times at Dallas Theol Seminary to talk about culture wars and science.
The Southern Poverty Law Center put Probe on its hate-groups list because of what Sue Bohlin, Ray’s wife, said in a blog about LGBT people.
Reasonable Faith is a ministry of Probe at the Univ of Texas at Dallas campus. I went to hear Michael Keas of Discovery talk.
Cackling with laughter at Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye, whom my students worship. That’s all I remember.
White middle class men rule antievolutionism. Take it to the bank. Your thoughts?