Date of Award

8-2008

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Comparative Religion

First Advisor

Dr. Stephen G. Covell

Second Advisor

Dr. David Ede

Third Advisor

Dr. Brian Wilson

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Kevin Wanner

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to show, by means of the debate between creationism and Darwinism, the inability of any secularization theory to define the present sociological environment in the United States. Current secularization theories group countries into the categories of secularizing and non-secularizing based on whether a nation-state is developed or developing. However, this categorization is inadequate for the unique nation that is the United States. The United States is one of the most highly developed countries and yet, as this paper will present, it can hardly be categorized as secularized.

The information presented in this Master's Thesis attempts to show that religion, specifically Conservative Christianity, holds irrefutable power against secularized science and education. There are movements that seek to "desecularize" America. Movements included in this research are Answers in Genesis, Creation Research Society, Intelligent Design, and several others. Humanist movements which adamantly protest these attempts are also included in this paper and further show that the debate is far from settled.

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