Counter-Creationism Handbook

Counter-Creationism Handbook

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by Mark Isaak
     
 

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Isaak, editor of the Index of Creationist Claims on the Web site Talkorigins.org, notes that arguments for intelligent design and other creationist pseudoscience often sound powerful and convincing; many students, teachers, parents, and administrators who support the teaching of evolution lack the background to respond. His guide hands them that background, taking on… See more details below

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Isaak, editor of the Index of Creationist Claims on the Web site Talkorigins.org, notes that arguments for intelligent design and other creationist pseudoscience often sound powerful and convincing; many students, teachers, parents, and administrators who support the teaching of evolution lack the background to respond. His guide hands them that background, taking on claims made about the disciplines of philosophy, biology, paleontology, geology, astronomy, physics and mathematics, history, linguistics, and folklore. The material is organized thematically, with extensive cross-referencing. Some 400 claims are included, each followed by a succinct and valid scientific rebuttal. An introduction covers how to address creationism in different venues and why accurate science is important. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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From the Publisher
"The intended audience for this book includes science teachers, those caught in arguments with creationists, and even creationists who want to identify weaknesses in their propositions….Every school where evolution is taught needs this book, and public library reference collections would do well to include it for journalists and researchers."

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VOYA

"As any experienced debater can tell you, one essential ingredient to success in public debate is to know your opponents arguments. That idea is thoroughly reflected in this guide to the debate on creationism. School teachers, librarians and public officials are often caught unprepared by requests of creationists to remove books or modify curricula. This guide to many of the most common arguments of creationists will allow public officials the means of appreciating creationist concerns and perhaps countering their requests….Each entry summarizes the creationist argument and provides a rebuttal based on scientific evidence. Documenting both sides of these arguments is important for following up on particular issues; so Isaaks bibliographies provide both creationist and scientific sources. This consistency in coverage means the guide can serve adherents to either side in this debate. This unique guide should be of value in both public and academic library collections."

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Lawrence Looks at Books

"The Counter-Creationism Handbook is aimed at those who need help in countering creationist claims in the sciences, philosophy, and the Bible….[d]oes the book have value for the ASA reader? Yes. First, it offers a broad picture of the arguments that one may encounter. Second, it deals effectively with scientific issues. Third, it provides useful debating strategies for various settings."

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Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

"[T]akes several hundred claims of creationists and proponents of intelligent design and answers them succinctly and scientifically, providing citations for both the claims and the arguments against them….A well-organized standard reference that should prove useful in the classroom as well as in public debate."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313038655
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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