South Koreans ditch the Devil’s Messiah for Creationism of the Holy Bible

South Korea surrenders to creationist demands

Publishers set to remove examples of evolution from high-school textbooks.

Soo Bin Park
05 June 2012

The evolution of Archaeopteryx will be excluded from some South Korean high-school textbooks after a creationist campaign.

Mention creationism, and many scientists think of the United States, where efforts to limit the teaching of evolution have made headway in a couple of states1. But the successes are modest compared with those in South Korea, where the anti-evolution sentiment seems to be winning its battle with mainstream science.

A petition to remove references to evolution from high-school textbooks claimed victory last month after the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) revealed that many of the publishers would produce revised editions that exclude examples of the evolution of the horse or of avian ancestor Archaeopteryx. The move has alarmed biologists, who say that they were not consulted. “The ministry just sent the petition out to the publishing companies and let them judge,” says Dayk Jang, an evolutionary scientist at Seoul National University.

The campaign was led by the Society for Textbook Revise (STR), which aims to delete the “error” of evolution from textbooks to “correct” students’ views of the world, according to the society’s website. The society says that its members include professors of biology and high-school science teachers.

The STR is also campaigning to remove content about “the evolution of humans” and “the adaptation of finch beaks based on habitat and mode of sustenance”, a reference to one of the most famous observations in Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. To back its campaign, the group highlights recent discoveries that Archaeopteryx is one of many feathered dinosaurs, and not necessarily an ancestor of all birds2. Exploiting such debates over the lineage of species “is a typical strategy of creation scientists to attack the teaching of evolution itself”, says Joonghwan Jeon, an evolutionary psychologist at Kyung Hee University in Yongin.
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The STR is an independent offshoot of the Korea Association for Creation Research (KACR), according to KACR spokesman Jungyeol Han. Thanks in part to the KACR’s efforts, creation science — which seeks to provide evidence in support of the creation myth described in the Book of Genesis — has had a growing influence in South Korea, although the STR itself has distanced itself from such doctrines. In early 2008, the KACR scored a hit with a successful exhibition at Seoul Land, one of the country’s leading amusement parks. According to the group, the exhibition attracted more than 116,000 visitors in three months, and the park is now in talks to create a year-long exhibition.

Even the nation’s leading science institute — the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology — has a creation science display on campus. “The exhibition was set up by scientists who believed in creation science back in 1993,” says Gab-duk Jang, a pastor of the campus church. The institute also has a thriving Research Association for Creation Science, run by professors and students, he adds.
Antipathy to evolution

In a 2009 survey conducted for the South Korean documentary The Era of God and Darwin, almost one-third of the respondents didn’t believe in evolution. Of those, 41% said that there was insufficient scientific evidence to support it; 39% said that it contradicted their religious beliefs; and 17% did not understand the theory. The numbers approach those in the United States, where a survey by the research firm Gallup has shown that around 40% of Americans do not believe that humans evolved from less advanced forms of life.

“The ministry just sent the petition out to the publishing companies and let them judge.”

The roots of the South Korean antipathy to evolution are unclear, although Jeon suggests that they are partly “due to strong Christianity in the country”. About half of South Korea’s citizens practice a religion, mostly split between Christianity and Buddhism.

However, a survey of trainee teachers in the country concluded that religious belief was not a strong determinant of their acceptance of evolution3. It also found that 40% of biology teachers agreed with the statement that “much of the scientific community doubts if evolution occurs”; and half disagreed that “modern humans are the product of evolutionary processes”.

Until now, says Dayk Jang, the scientific community has done little to combat the anti-evolution sentiment. “The biggest problem is that there are only 5–10 evolutionary scientists in the country who teach the theory of evolution in undergraduate and graduate schools,” he says. Having seen the fierce debates over evolution in the United States, he adds, some scientists also worry that engaging with creationists might give creationist views more credibility among the public.

Silence is not the answer, says Dayk Jang. He is now organizing a group of experts, including evolutionary scientists and theologians who believe in evolution, to counter the SRT’s campaign by working to improve the teaching of evolution in the classroom, and in broader public life.


  • truthdoctor

    I’m not sure where to post this, so please forgive me if I’m in the wrong place. I’ve recently learned that the “H” symbol in the IHS logo represents Saturn. Can anyone please tell me what the “I” and “S” symbols represent? This precious information does not appear to be anywhere on the internet. Thanks so much for your help! KC

    • Isis and Set it all tied to Egypt check out the book ‘The Two Babylons’ by Alexander Hislop although he claims the ‘S’ is for Seb. You will also note the Knights Templar In Hoc Signo Vinces.

      -= The Unhived Mind

  • truthdoctor

    Thanks for the reply. The IHS logo does not stand for Isis, Horus and Set. I’m an Egyptologist and I can tell you for a fact that Set has nothing to do with Isis and her son Horus. Set was the uncle and enemy of Horus and he was never worshipped along with Isis and Horus – they’ve never formed a trinity and they were never worshipped together as a group. Set is totally separate from Isis and Horus.

    The letter “H” in the logo is not actually a letter, it’s a symbol that represents Saturn – therefore the “I” and the “S” are not English letters either, they must represent two other planets or possibly they represent other aspects of Saturn itself. We need to find out the true meaning of the IHS logo if we are to understand the religion of the Jesuits. The IHS letters are not really letters, they’re hiding something else. I’ve read Hislop several times, it’s a great work but has many errors…

    • Well it seems all the respected works are now being told they have many errors whether its the King James Bible or The Two Babylons. I wonder who this suits the most? Of course the Counter-Reformation. The same with when King James had the Bible rewritten so he could claim a similar thing about the wonderful Geneva Bible 1560/99. Have you not thought of the possibility that there many be a joining of all the worshiping into one similar to the ecumenism movement we see today with modern religions. We must remember that the IHS is from Constantine except he had the V for Vinces. The Knights Templars used the IHS as do their Aragon continuum the Society of Jesus to this very day.

      -= The Unhived Mind

  • truthdoctor

    Pointing out some of the minor errors in Hislop’s work is just a fact of the matter, and I don’t think this helps the evil men who are running the counter-reformation. Hislop’s book is one of my favorites and he nails a lot of important facts, there are just a few things that have been proven wrong, but this does not take away from the overall thesis he presented. He gave us a great gift indeed!

    But, the fact is that “IHS” does not stand for Isis, Horus and Set, and I think it’s crucial that we find out what it actually does mean. We know for a fact the “H” is saturn, we just need to find out what the “I” and the “S” symbols stand for. I know you do some fantastic research and I was hoping that it might come to you during your studies. I hunt for the answer every day but I’m not having any luck. Athanasius Kircher may have revealed the secret in his voluminous works, but I can’t read Latin. If we can find out the true meaning of IHS we can understand the twisted black mind of the wily Jesuits. Perhaps you could do some digging around – perhaps you can be the first guy on the internet to crack the code! Thanks for your help…

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