Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design / Edition 1

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Overview

This carefully documented expose of the intelligent design (ID) movement contributed to the stunning victory in federal court of eleven Dover, PA, parents who recognised ID's threat to public education and religious freedom. Now in paperback, here is Forrest and Gross's influential work documenting the continuity of intelligent design with traditional creationism. The new text updates ID initiatives in Kansas and Ohio and the movements shifting strategies in an attempt to remain viable after its legal undoing in federal court.

Anyone who values science and the benefits of life in an enlightened society should know about the Wedge's political, cultural, and religious ambitions. With a new foreword by Barry Lynn, this updated edition is an essential guide to ID's continuing threat to public education and the separation of church and state. It is the book to turn to for an inside look at the claims and operations of the ID movement, the most recent manifestation of American creationism.

About the Author:
Barbara Forrest is professor of philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University

About the Author:
Paul R. Gross is a Fellow of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences

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Editorial Reviews

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"Science educators can benefit greatly by understanding creationists' motivations and strategies. These are thoroughly documented in Creationism's Trojan Horse"--SCIENCE

"This is the definitive work on modern creationism, an exhaustively detailed and compelling exposure of the attempt--by the well-known process in nature called by biologists "aggressive mimicry"--to corrupt science in the service of sectarian religion. In the process, the book explores the larger and seemingly endless struggle between religion-based tribal values and science-based universal values."--Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor, Emeritus, Harvard University

"Creationism's Trojan Horse documents the disturbing movement to sneak religious dogma back into science education, driven by the vague fear that Americans can't handle the truth. Educators, scientists, and politicians would do well to understand this movement and its tactics, and this book is a superb and timely analysis."--Steven Pinker, Johnston Professor, Harvard University, and author of How the Mind Works and The Blank Slate

"Intelligent Design 'theory' (ID) has been well described as Creationism in a cheap Tuxedo. One if its luminaries, we are told, has 'angrily denied that ID is stealth creationism.' He is right. There's no stealth about it. It is Creationism. Unfortunately, ID 'theorists' have a streetwise political professionalism to outweigh the amateurishness of their science, and we therefore cannot ignore them. Barbara Forrest and Paul Gross meticulously document their pretensions, destroy their arguments, and expose their true motivation. An excellent and sadly necessary book."--Richard Dawkins, author of The Selfish Gene

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195157420
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/8/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Lexile: 1520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Forrest is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of History and Political Science at Southeastern Louisiana University. She was a key witness for the prosecution in the recent highly publicized trial in Pennsylvania, where the judge banned the teaching of Intelligent Design in science classrooms. Paul R. Gross is University Professor of Life Sciences Emeritus at the University of Virginia.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Barry Lynn     vii
Introduction     3
How the Wedge Began     15
The Wedge Document: A Design for Design     25
Searching for the Science     35
Paleontology Lite and Copernican Discoveries     49
A Conspiracy Hunter and a Newton     85
Everything Except Science I     147
Everything Except Science II     179
Wedging into Power Politics     215
Religion First-and Last     257
Afterword: Update on the Wedge     317
Notes     339
Index     411
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2004

    An interesting read

    Creationism's Trojan Horse is an interesting account of how the ID community has infiltrated the popular press and education. The previous reviewer ('biology professor') needs to remember that evolution is the accepted scientific standard and that the onus is not on the scientists to once again defend a widely accepted and supported theory. The burden lies with the IDers to provide evidentiary support of their claims, which they have not and never will be able to do. Creationism's Trojan Horse is not a defense of Darwin (Darwin defended himself quite nicely thank you). It is a synopsis of the efforts of IDers to misrepresent philisophical and religious ideologies as science.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2004

    substitutes naturalistic philosophy for science evidence

    A correspondent who is a development editor in the publishing industry, suggests that there is an untapped market for a serious scholarly anti-ID book. By that he means the book should avoid all hints of: * crackpot conspiracy claims (reflects badly on author); * evasions (solves nothing); * substitution of naturalistic philosophy for science evidence; * refuge in platitudes about what is 'science', (begs the question); * no scare quotes (many readers still value scholarly dignity and resist manipulation). The current pile of anti-ID books, this one included, in the long run helps the ID side enormously. IDers and those who are now uncommitted, but familiar with the literature, conclude that if this is all the neoDarwinists can offer, then their case is weak indeed. I am not interested in cheap shots - I want literature that probes deeply, that exposes weak points and flimsy argument, that shows what needs to be done next to prove neoDarwinism.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2005

    Not an Objective study

    This book is an invaluable source of information about the growing intelligent design movement. It is well written and covers the subject in great detail. My concern is that it is not, by any standard, an objective study of this important movement. One of many major problems that I have with the study is the author never interviewed a single person that is formally involved in the ID movement, as verified by her own testimony in the Dover PA. trial. How can one do a book about a contemporary movement and never interview a single person active in the movement? Also, as can be verified by a review of the footnotes, the research for this book involved almost totally perusing the internet, a poor research technique usually not acceptable even for most undergraduate research! It should not surprise one that the authors do not like the ID movement, and it is clear that their sole purpose was to attempt to discredit the movement. To do so, they have done an impressive amount of research, as shown by the over 60 pages of notes of their internet research! What have they found, at best, hints of minor mistakes. Probably the worst thing they have dig up is the fact that one of the financial supporters of the Discovery institute, A Mr. Ahmanson, once supported the Chalcedon Foundation which, its critics allege, seek 'to replace democracy with a theocracy' in America (page 266). Any attempt in America to put traditional religion in the public square is often labeled by its critics as an attempt to establish a theocracy. To assume, just because a supporter was once involved in a questionable organization, that the organization he donates money to support also shares these goals, is irresponsible. This would be like condemning all recipients of the grants from one well known foundation because the foundation's benefactor was an outspoken anti-Semite who published anti-Semite books and articles. Many other examples could be cited, such as the now infamous wedge document.This has been twisted and distorted by the media to say the opposite of what it actually says. Importantly, many people who support ID do not support the goals of this document, and the Discovery Institute themselves no longer support some of these ideas. Organizations grow and mature, changing their goals as they develop. Furthermore, I do not support every goal of the university where I am a faculty, and some of their statements could be used to condemn me, but it would be very irresponsible to do so. In conclusion, this work is not an objective study and should not be relied on as an accurate source of information, but only as one source of many to understand this important movement.

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