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Creationism in Twentieth-Century America


It is difficult to overstate William Bell Riley's importance to the early fundamentalist movement; it is well-nigh impossible to exaggerate his prodigious energy. In the years between the world wars, when he was in his 60s and 70s and pastor of a church with thousands of members, Riley founded and directed the first interdenominational organization of fundamentalists, served as an active leader of the fundamentalist faction in the Northern Baptist Convention, edited a variety of fundamentalist periodicals, wrote innumerable books and articles and pamphlets (including, in the less-polemical vein, a forty-volume exposition of the entire Bible), presided over a fundamentalist Bible school and its expanding network of churches, and masterminded a fundamentalist takeover of the Minnesota Baptist Convention. Besides all this, in these years William Bell Riley also established himself as one of the leading antievolutionists in America. This volume consists of nine antievolution pamphlets that Riley wrote and published in the interwar years. The introduction provides a brief synopsis of Riley's antievolutionist ideas and activities, with some effort to place this work in the larger context of Riley's career, and includes discussion of these pamphlets.



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The book is part of a 10-volume anthology of documents: Creationism in Twentieth-century America, Ronald L. Numbers, series editor. New York: Garland Publishers, 1995.


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