Among the Creationists: Dispatches from the Anti-Evolutionist Front Line

Among the Creationists: Dispatches from the Anti-Evolutionist Front Line

by Jason Rosenhouse

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Among the Creationists: Dispatches from the Anti-Evolutionist Front Line by Jason Rosenhouse

Why do so many Americans reject the modern theory of evolution? Why does creationism, thoroughly refuted by scientists, retain such popularity among the public? Is the perceived conflict between evolution and Christianity genuine, or is it merely an illusion peculiar to Protestant fundamentalism?

Seeking answers to these questions, mathematician Jason Rosenhouse became a regular attendee at creationist conferences and other gatherings. After ten years of attending events like the giant Creation Mega-Conference in Lynchburg, Virginia, and visiting sites like the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, and after hundreds of surprisingly friendly conversations with creationists of varying stripes, he has emerged with a story to tell, a story that goes well beyond the usual stereotypes of Bible-thumping fanatics railing against coldly rational scientists. Through anecdotes, personal reflections, and scientific and philosophical discussion, Rosenhouse presents a more down-to-earth picture of modern creationism and the people who espouse it. He is neither polemical nor insulting, but he does not pull punches when he spots an error in the logical or scientific reasoning of creationists, especially when they wander into his own field, mathematics. Along the way, he also tells the story of his own nonbeliever's attempt to understand a major aspect of American religion. Forced to wrestle with his views about God and evolution, Rosenhouse found himself drawn into a new world of ideas previously unknown to him, arriving at a sharper understanding of the reality of science-versus-religion disputes, and how these debates look to those beyond the ivory tower.

A personal memoir of one scientist's attempt to come to grips with this controversy-by immersing himself in the culture of the anti-evolutionists-Among the Creationists is a fair, fresh, and insightful account of the modern American debate over Darwinism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199744633
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/10/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jason Rosenhouse is Associate Professor of Mathematics at James Madison University. He is previously the author of The Monty Hall Problem: The Remarkable Story of Math's Most Contentious Brain Teaser and Taking Sudoku Seriously: The Math Behind the World's Most Popular Pencil Puzzle.

Table of Contents

Part One: Vignettes

Part Two: The Creation Mega-Conference, Lynchburg, VA, June 2005

Part Three: Darwin and Design, Knoxville, TN, March 2007

Part Four: Visiting the Creation Museum, Petersburg, KY, Summer 2010

Part Five: The Sixth International Conference on Creationism, Pittsburgh, PA, August 2008

Epilogue: The Ninth North American Paleontological Convention, Cincinnati, OH, June 2009

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