The Evolution-Creation Struggle: Ignorant Armies Clash by Night

The Evolution-Creation Struggle: Ignorant Armies Clash by Night

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by Michael Ruse
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674016874

ISBN-13: 9780674016873

Pub. Date: 05/31/2005

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Creation versus evolution: What seems like a cultural crisis of our day, played out in courtrooms and classrooms across the county, is in fact part of a larger story reaching back through the centuries. The views of both evolutionists and creationists originated as inventions of the Enlightenment--two opposed but closely related responses to a loss of religious

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Creation versus evolution: What seems like a cultural crisis of our day, played out in courtrooms and classrooms across the county, is in fact part of a larger story reaching back through the centuries. The views of both evolutionists and creationists originated as inventions of the Enlightenment--two opposed but closely related responses to a loss of religious faith in the Western world.

In his latest book, Michael Ruse, a preeminent authority on Darwinian evolutionary thought and a leading participant in the ongoing debate, uncovers surprising similarities between evolutionist and creationist thinking. Exploring the underlying philosophical commitments of evolutionists, he reveals that those most hostile to religion are just as evangelical as their fundamentalist opponents. But more crucially, and reaching beyond the biblical issues at stake, he demonstrates that these two diametrically opposed ideologies have, since the Enlightenment, engaged in a struggle for the privilege of defining human origins, moral values, and the nature of reality.

Highlighting modern-day partisans as divergent as Richard Dawkins and Left Behind authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, Ruse's bracing book takes on the assumptions of controversialists of every stripe and belief and offers to all a new and productive way of understanding this unifying, if often bitter, quest.

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ISBN-13:
9780674016873
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2005
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue

1. Christianity and Its Discontents

2. From Progress to Evolution

3. Growth of a Pseudoscience

4. Charles Darwin

5. Failure of a Professional Science

6. Social Darwinism

7. Christian Responses

8. Fundamentalism

9. Population Genetics

10. Evolution Today

11. Nature as Promise

12. Earth's Last Days?

Conclusion

Notes

References and Reading

Acknowledgments

Index

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Patience is virtue that Professor Ruse employs to continue a dialogue with people who usually amuse or annoy me. Ruse carefully explains the background for debate. He has an excellent bibliography. I now want to read two other of his books.