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Table 5 Examples of slippery slope arguments in creationist writings

From: Argumentation and fallacies in creationist writings against evolutionary theory

Citation Type Science content Source
“…rejection of the biblical record, especially the doctrine that all humans descended from the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, leads to Darwinism, and evolution leads to racism and eugenics.” YEC Yes Bergman [2012]
“(Darwinism) directly led to the rise of Eugenics… Eugenics has been used as a justification of coercive state-sponsored discrimination and human rights violations, such as forced sterilization of persons with genetic defects, the killing of the institutionalized and, in some cases, genocide…” YEC Yes Brace [2006]
“The extension of the Darwinist theory into morality can lead to morally questionable consequences, such as fetal diagnostics aiming to eliminate the handicapped, abandoning handicapped people, or even to genocide ‘as a part of the realization of natural selection’.” ID/OEC Yes Puolimatka [2009], 477
  1. YEC = young earth creationism, OEC = old earth creationism, ID = intelligent design. “Science content” signifies whether the arguments are presented in the context of debate about the scientific details of evolutionary theory.