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In Darwin and the Bible: The Cultural Confrontation, authors Richard Robbins and Mark Cohen help readers understand the nature, history, and passions behind the debate between scientific and religious versions of creation and human origin. Rather than focusing solely on scientific backgrounds, the text’s chosen readings provide historical, theological, social, and political backgrounds as well.
The readings are divided into three sets:
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Introduction: A Brief History and Rationale for the Debate By Richard H. Robbins
Part 1: Resolving the Debate
The Need for Science; the Need for Faith--Separately by Mark Nathan Cohen
Creationism: A Distinctly American Violation of NOMA By Stephen Jay Gould
Creation Matters By Walter Hearn
The Science of Evolution and the Theology of Creation By Martinez Hewlett and Ted Peters
The Intelligent Design Controversy Summarized By Phillip E. Johnson
Part 2: Historical Markers and Impacts of the Debate
Intelligent Design and the Native’s Point of View (Assuming the Native is an Educated 18th Century European) by Jonathan Marks
William Jennings Bryan and the Trial of John T. Scopes By Richard H. Robbins 4
Postmodern Developments in the Debate by Edward J. Larson
Darwin's Influence on Modern Thought by Ernst Mayr
Creationism Goes Global by Ronald Numbers
Part 3: Dealing with the Debate in the Classroom
The Problems and Challenges of Teaching Biology in the 21st Century by Steve Randak
Turmoil by Laura Perras
Conclusions by Mark Nathan Cohen