Evolution Debate: Darwinism vs. Intelligent Design


Americans have been debating the topic of evolution for over a century. Some say that human beings are the product of evolution, and others claim that an intelligent designer must be behind life on Earth. Recently, the controversy has focused on what should be taught in public schools.
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Americans have been debating the topic of evolution for over a century. Some say that human beings are the product of evolution, and others claim that an intelligent designer must be behind life on Earth. Recently, the controversy has focused on what should be taught in public schools.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
Gordon discusses the difference between the theories of Darwinism, Creationism, and Intelligent Design. The book is informative and accessible and is part of the "Issues in Focus Today" series from Enslow Publishers. Illustrated with stock photos, the book mentions the important names on both sides of the argument and details each point of view in a non-partisan way. The main ideas of each theory are explained clearly and carefully and the basis for the controversy is well documented. Readers are encouraged to look for other resources and the list of additional resources, including other books and websites, at the end of the book is authoritative. Additionally there is a bibliography at the end of each chapter. Other helpful features include a glossary and an index. Within each chapter, particular issues are highlighted on separate pages so that readers can find topics easily without re-reading the chapter. While the debate will no doubt go on, young readers can get a good grasp of the basics in this timely book. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up

This book offers an evenhanded approach to the controversy surrounding the origins of man. Beginning with a general overview, Gordon goes on to outline the main concepts of evolution and intelligent design. She introduces the key current and historical players involved with each view, the arguments that have been made, and the battlegrounds in which the conflict has been and continues to be played out. Ending with a look at how the debate is likely to continue, especially from the point of view of the First Amendment Center, Gordon predicts a long and difficult battle. Excellent sidebars, including one about the relationship between intelligent design and creationism and another about the fictionalizing in Inherit the Wind , add breadth to arguments on both sides. Extensive chapter notes, an index, and a list of sources (book, agency, and Internet) are strong additions. This book is most notable for its unbiased presentation of the arguments on each side of this contentious debate.-Ellen Heath, Easton Area Public Library, Easton, PA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766029118
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Series: Issues in Focus Today Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Rivals: An Overview of the Controversy 5

Chapter 2 The Defender: A Closer Look at Evolution 20

Chapter 3 The Challenger: A Closer Look at Intelligent Design 33

Chapter 4 The Arguments: Competing Viewpoints on Evolution and Intelligent Design 45

Chapter 5 The Battleground: Evolution and Intelligent Design in Education 66

Chapter 6 The Players: The political Aspects of the Debate 81

Chapter 7 The End Game: what the Future holds 94

Chapter Notes 104

Glossary 119

For More Information 123

Further Reading 124

Internet Addresses 125

Index 126

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