Tower of Babel: The Evidence against the New Creationism / Edition 1

Tower of Babel: The Evidence against the New Creationism / Edition 1

by Robert T. Pennock
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262661659

ISBN-13: 9780262661652

Pub. Date: 02/28/2000

Publisher: MIT Press

In Tower of Babel, philosopher Robert Pennock compares the views of the new creationists with those of the old and reveals the insubstantiality of their arguments. One of Pennock's major innovations is to turn from biological evolution to the less-charged subject of linguistic evolution, which has strong theoretical parallels with biological evolution both

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In Tower of Babel, philosopher Robert Pennock compares the views of the new creationists with those of the old and reveals the insubstantiality of their arguments. One of Pennock's major innovations is to turn from biological evolution to the less-charged subject of linguistic evolution, which has strong theoretical parallels with biological evolution both in content and in the sort of evidence scientists use to draw conclusions about origins Several chapters deal with the work of Phillip Johnson, a highly influential leader of the new creationists. Pennock explains how science uses naturalism and discusses the relationship between factual and moral issues in the creationism-evolution controversy. The book also includes a discussion of Darwin's own shift from creationist to evolutionist and an extended argument for keeping private religious beliefs separate from public scientific knowledge.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262661652
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
451
Sales rank:
1,121,739
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface: Creationism's Tower
Acknowledgments
1Creation and Evolution of a Controversy1
2The Evidence for Evolution43
3The Tower of Babel117
4Of Naturalism and Negativity181
5Chariots of the Gods215
6Deus ex Machina277
7Burning Science at the Stake309
8Babel in the Schools343
Notes379
References399
Index413

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