Impact Of Atlas Of Creation in The Spanish Press

In its 8 February, 2007, edition La Vanguardia, one of Spain’s most popular and highest-circulation dailies, carried a report titled “Educational institutions receive books against Darwin’s theory.” The report described the impact of Atlas of Creation in Europe, and said the following about the book:

“The French Education Ministry has issued a statement to the effect that hundreds of educational institutions and universities had received copies of a book defending creationist theses within the previous ten days, and that the book contained an attack on Darwin’s theory of evolution, based on the Qur’an ... This book was sent out in thousands, each of which consisted of a richly illustrated, expensive and luxurious volume of 770 pages.

The author is Adnan Oktar, who writes under the pen name Harun Yahya and who is known for his creationist theses... This book, called ‘Atlas of Creation,’ is based on the Qur’an and maintains that human beings and animals were created right from the outset. It condemns “the deceptions of evolutionists” and unmasks their negative aspects...

However, the most astonishing thing about ‘Atlas of Creation’ is that it equates evolution with totalitarianism and also terrorism. In his book, the author proposes that there is a secret link between Darwinism and such ideologies as “fascism and communism” and that evolution is the “true source of terrorism.” The following words appear beneath a photograph of the September 11 attacks: ‘Those who perpetuate terror in the world are in fact Darwinists. Darwinism is the only philosophy that values and incites conflict.’”
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