Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul

Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul

by Edward Humes
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Richard_the_Reader More than 1 year ago
Edward Humes has written a comprehensive and carefully researched and supported summary of the Dover Case from 2005. Dover deals with the conflict between science and religion and more specifically the tension between Darwin's Theory of Evolution and Creationism/Intelligent Design. In this case certain members of the Dover school board were determined to introduce a Creationism biology text into the high school biology curriculum over the opposition of the science faculty and several parents. The parents sued and prevailed in a case which will provide a watershed for future litigation. Humes not only provides extensive interviews with all the principals from both sides of the controversy but details the historical and cultural context going back to the mid-19th Century. His narrative is exceptionally well-written and reads like a well plotted mystery. There have been several books produced in the wake of the Dover case (Kitzmiller v. Dover School District)2005 but this is the most comprehensive and the best documented.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stumbled across this when it first came out. Before a fundy megachurch moved in, attracting the arrival of conservative Biblical literalists, evolution wasn't an issue in Dover. This is a book that had me rolling onthe floor at times (especially when the ID side's witnesses started fleeing into the night). At other times, I had tears in my eyes at the treatment the "Christian" kids unleashed on the daughter of the woman behind the lawsuit---bullies for Jesus. The excerpts from the judge's decision ate scathing.
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