Creation Versus Evolution: An Ethnographic Perspective

David Joseph Thole

          The goal of this research is to explore the cultural processes involved in creationism, and therefore the broader cultural themes of Christian fundamentalism, from which creation stems. This dispute has its origins in the conflict between the religious and secular worldviews of society. The southern United States, and specifically the city of Pensacola, is one of the geographical regions where this struggle between secular and religious people frequently comes to the forefront of daily life. Creation versus evolutionary theory is one of the areas in which this struggle is most vocal. This cultural study will follow classic ethnographic methodology by employing the methods of participant observation. By providing an analysis of the underlying cultural themes of creationism, it is my intention to explore and discuss the larger concerns of Christian fundamentalism and science.