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The creation/evolution controversy : an annotated bibliography
Hayward, James L., 1948-
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Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press ; Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
xii, 253 pages ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes indexes.
Introduction to the creation/evolution controversy -- Historical references -- History of the creation/evolution controversy -- Philosophical, theological, and general references -- Physics and cosmology -- Earth science -- Biology and anthropology.
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QH367 .H39 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This collection of 447 annotated references provides an overview of the literature addressing the creation/evolution controversy for students, teachers, lawyers, writers, historians, scientists, sociologists, clerics, and other interested persons. Fifty-four annotations in the chapter on historical references highlight influential volumes published between 1543 and 1980--classic works that inform the views of later writers. These historical works are listed chronologically in order of publication. The remaining 393 entries feature books published from 1981 (the year of the "Scopes II" trial in Arkansas) to 1996, and include works that address historical, sociological, philosophical, religious, cosmological, geological, biological, and anthropological issues surrounding the creation/evolution controversy. The annotations are written in an informative, impartial style. Except for references in the chapter containing historical sources and in the chapter featuring works on the history of the creation/evolution controversy, references are grouped under "theistic" and "non-theistic" headings. An introductory essay describes the history of evolutionary theory and creationism, and defines the distinguishing features of each thought system. An annotated list of periodicals featuring articles on creationism and evolutionism is also provided. With author, title, and subject indexes.

Author Notes

James L. Hayward is Professor of Biology at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan.

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Hayward's annotated bibliography lists 447 of the most important books that have been published on this controversial subject. The author (who holds a PhD in zoology and teaches college-level biology) has carefully selected works that represent both sides of the issue. He divides each major group of books into either theistic and nontheistic. His 13-page introduction provides an excellent overview of the subject, and his chapter on historical references highlights the 54 most influential works published 1543-1980. Included are such authors as Copernicus, Galileo, Darwin (Erasmus and Charles), Lamarck, and Huxley (Thomas and Julian). The remaining chapters list the 393 most important books on the topic published 1981-96. In his preface, Hayward says he decided to start with 1981 because the debate over issues made famous by the Scopes trial resurfaced then; a few states that year passed laws mandating that equal time be given to teaching creationism in public schools. His reviews, some drawn from other sources, are brief but informative, and each includes something about the author's occupation and status, a useful bit of information that helps reveal the author's stance on the topic. Author, title, and subject indexes are included. Hayward's book would be useful for anyone looking for background information on this topic, and will help librarians check their collections for the most notable books, and for both sides of the issue. Highly recommended for high school, public, college, and university libraries. R. G. Sabin; Rice University