Forty-seven percent of the American people, according to a 1991 Gallup poll, believe that God made manas man is nowin a single act of creation, and within the last ten thousand years. Ronald L. Numbers chronicles the astonishing resurgence of this belief since the 1960s, as well as the creationist movement's tangled roots in the theologies of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Baptists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Adventists, and other religious groups.
Even more remarkable than Numbers's story of today's widespread rejection of the theory of evolution is the dramatic shift from acceptance of the earth's antiquity to the insistence of present-day scientific creationists that most fossils date back to Noah's flood and its aftermath, and that the earth itself is not more than ten thousand years old. Numbers traces the evolution of scientific creationism and shows how the creationist movement challenges the very meaning of science.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.25(d)|
About the Author
Ronald L. Numbers is William Coleman Professor of the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a well-researched, well-written and reasonably unbiased survey of the personalities and power behind the creationist movement of the latter 20th Century. Numbers provides an excellent resource that helps us understand the motivations of what is, in the end, a POLITICAL movement (not a scientific movement - there is no science to creation 'science'). It's amazing that I see reviews of this book that talk of how it concentrates too much on personalities and politics, but that and religious motivation (particularly American christian fundamentalism) are what creationism is all about. This book is an outstanding resource for anyone interested in the subject of creationism and the creationist players in the war against science and reason. Highly recommended!
Although the author apparently tries to be objective, he nevertheless presents a distorted picture of creationism. He spends too much time on personalities and politics, and largely ignores the scholarly side of creationism. He creates the impression that Steven Austin is the only creationist who is a geologist. This is patently incorrect. There are many others, though most of them are not as well known as Austin. Numbers also lets his prejudices show when he claims that Austin exemplifies the ability to hold on to creationist beliefs, all in spite of scientific training, and solely because of personal Biblical convictions. Actually, Austin and other creationist scientists also recognize that the empirical evidence supports recent special creation over evolution and the old earth.