Where Darwin Meets the Bible: Creationists and Evolutionists in America / Edition 1

Where Darwin Meets the Bible: Creationists and Evolutionists in America / Edition 1

by Larry A. Witham
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195182812

ISBN-13: 9780195182811

Pub. Date: 05/12/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The conflict between creationists and evolutionists has raged ever since the publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859. And yet, even as generations of Americans have fought and re-fought the same battles, the contours of the debate have in recent years shifted dramatically.
Tracking the dizzying rhetorical heights and opportunistic political lows of this

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The conflict between creationists and evolutionists has raged ever since the publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859. And yet, even as generations of Americans have fought and re-fought the same battles, the contours of the debate have in recent years shifted dramatically.
Tracking the dizzying rhetorical heights and opportunistic political lows of this controversy, Larry Witham travels to America's churches, schools, universities, museums, and government agencies to present creationists and evolutionists in their own unfiltered voices. We meet leading creationists and proponents of Intelligent Design such as Michael Behe; evolutionists such as Richard Dawkins; and theistic scientists who describe how they reconcile God and Nature.
Today, Biblical literalism is tempered by the Intelligent Design movement, which finds evidence of God's presence in nature's patterns. The once-dominant "young earth" school has been replaced by a creationism that conscripts the language of science to advance the creationist cause. Meanwhile, evolutionary scientists hesitate to point out gaps in their theories for fear that such self-scrutiny could serve as fodder for anti-evolution propaganda.
In an age marked both by a rising religious tide and daily scientific breakthroughs, Where Darwin Meets the Bible provides the standard account of this lasting conflict.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195182811
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/12/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : ways of knowing3
1Darwin's legacy in America11
2The two books25
3Looking for boundaries42
4Hearts and minds57
5Nature alone : evolutionists74
6God and nature : creationists103
7Politics133
8Schools and textbooks147
9Higher education162
10Museums and sanctuaries179
11What natural scientists believe198
12The great debate212
13Media-eye view227
14The good society242
15Search for the underdog261

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