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Evolution, Creationism & Other Modern My: A Critical Inquiry

Evolution, Creationism & Other Modern My: A Critical Inquiry

by Vine Deloria Jr.
     
 
I offer no comfort to religious fundamentalists or evolutionists," writes Vine Deloria in his introduction to Evolution, Creationism, and Other Modern Myths. "Both are pass� and represent only a quarrel within the western belief system, not an accurate rendering of Earth history." With this salvo, Deloria, named by Time magazine as one of the eleven greatest

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I offer no comfort to religious fundamentalists or evolutionists," writes Vine Deloria in his introduction to Evolution, Creationism, and Other Modern Myths. "Both are pass� and represent only a quarrel within the western belief system, not an accurate rendering of Earth history." With this salvo, Deloria, named by Time magazine as one of the eleven greatest religious thinkers of the twentieth century, launches a witty and erudite assault on the current state of evolutionary theory, science, and religion. When Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection was published in 1859, a philosophical upheaval on par with the Copernican revolution of the sixteenth century occurred. Darwin was roundly criticized for promulgating ideas inconsistent with the Bible, and many hailed the death of God and religion. For more than a century, the schism between scientists, espousing progressive theories about evolution and the Earth's beginnings, and religious fundamentalists, focusing on the inconsistencies between these theories and western religious dogma, has grown.

Using the tension between evolutionists and creationists in Kansas in the late 1990s as a focal point, Deloria takes Western science and religion to task, providing a critical assessment of the flaws and anomalies in each side's arguments. Incorporating non-Western and Native American ideas, as well as the concept of "Intelligent Design," Deloria provides us with a framework to better understand our beginnings.



About the Author


Vine Deloria, Jr., is a leading Native American scholar, whose research, writings, and teaching have encompassed history, law, religious, studies, and political science. He is the author of many acclaimed books, including God Is Red; Red Earth, White Lies; and Custer Died for Your Sins. He lives in Golden, Colorado

Editorial Reviews

Patricia Monaghan
Here he extends that shrewd analysis to acknowledge another kind of myth--science--as he argues that both sides in the evolution versus creationism debate are wrong. Far from submitting to a simple, we-are-right-and-they-are-wrong resolution, this intellectual duel finds only mistaken orthodoxies in the field, for creationism has no scientific basis, but evolution is far from proven...

...Certain to be controversial, likely to outrage the faithful of both camps, and a stunning good read.
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Library Journal
Native American author Deloria (Custer Died for Your Sins) has written an unusual and ultimately confusing book that rejects both Western religious fundamentalism and modern scientific naturalism, including theistic evolution. In his attempt to discredit geological and biological uniformitarianism, he gives credence to the catastrophic events described in both the oral traditions of ancient peoples and the controversial speculations of Immanuel Velikovsky (l895-l979). But catastrophism and uniformitarianism are not mutually exclusive explanatory frameworks to account for earth history. Deloria is guilty of misrepresentation when he deliberately ignores the recent empirical evidence from DNA analysis, paleontology, anthropology, and radiometric dating. In fact, the distinction between facts and myths is crucial; evolution is not a religious outlook, as he claims, but a scientific theory that explains organic history and is supported by established facts. Unfortunately, Deloria does not refer to the recent contributions by Richard Dawkins, Daniel C. Dennett, Ernst Mayr, and Edward O. Wilson. Moreover, he neither offers an age for this planet nor suggests how new species come into existence throughout biological time. Not recommended for science collections, but libraries collecting works on Native American thought might consider.-H. James Birx, Canisius Coll., Buffalo, NY Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555911591
Publisher:
Fulcrum Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
9 Years

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Meet the Author


Vine Deloria Jr., was a leading Native American scholar, whose research, writings, and teaching have encompassed history, law, religious studies, and political science. He is the former executive director of the National Congress of American Indians.

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