Where Darwin Meets the Bible: Creationists and Evolutionists in America

Where Darwin Meets the Bible: Creationists and Evolutionists in America

by Larry A. Witham



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195150452
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 11/28/2002
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)

About the Author

Larry Witham, a veteran Washington D.C. journalist, has written widely on science and religion topics, including as a former reporter with The Washington Times. He is the author of eight books.

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
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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This book covers the Intelligent design (ID) movement. ID basically argues that some intelligence is behind the creation of life, and natural forces cannot completely explain it. The movement includes everybody from theistic evolutionists to creationists (and everything in-between). The intelligent design movement has also grown enormously. For example, Dr. Johnson's books alone have sold a quarter of a million copies (page 69). Many mainline evolutionists have recognized that, in the words of University of Chicago Evolution Professor David Raup "Phil's done a superb job.... He's really done his homework. Its phenomenal the way he absorbed the field" (page 69). Where I teach (a state school) all of the science professors now accept ID, and most are creationists. Witham notes that the head of the anticreation and anti-intelligent design movement, Eugene Scott, to insure that all criticism of Darwinism is kept out of public schools, has found that the key to achieving this goal is the clergy. She concludes that it is not the scientists but the "mainline religious community" that has made the big difference in keeping evolutionary naturalism in the public schools (and all competing ideas out) (page 59). Once the population accepts a totally naturalistic explanation (the atheistic creation story) for all life and all reality, then God will die a natural death. He will be without a job and, not so much dead, as irrelevant to history and, by extension, to life today. Witham alludes to the fact that the problem is the science professors at Christian colleges train at secular colleges, then teach their evolutionary naturalism at Christian schools. I have seen so many fine young Christians lose their faith at a Christian college (and the Christian colleges seem proud of this!) and become disillusioned with life. If their supporters only knew this they would no longer support these schools. One situation Witham notes is Calvin College in Grand Rapid, MI. As a result of this problem the Agnostics sit back and "enjoy watching creationist implosions" (page 72). They do not need to do much to quash Christianity. The Christian colleges are doing it for them. Witham, as a good reporter, only tells the facts (and does he ever!) but the implications from these facts are clear. This book is a must read for all persons interested in this controversy.