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Evolutionism and creationism
Sonder, Ben, 1954-
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New York : F. Watts, [1999]

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112 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Examines both sides of the creationism versus evolution debate from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 10.6 5.0 1885.
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QH367.1 .S65 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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An impartial examination of both sides of the controversial debate: evolutionism vs. creationism. Chapters focus on the battle over science education, modernism and the Scopes trial, the birth of creation science, its battle for scientific legitimacy, and contemporary research and controversy.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 8^-12. As the debate over teaching evolution in the public schools once again flares into the public consciousness, this well-researched book describes the history of the conflict and lays out the two main positions, acknowledging and describing the range of beliefs on both sides of the issue. Sonder explains Darwin's ideas and their reception in the nineteenth century, the events and significance of the Scopes trial, the history of creation science, the history of the Christian Right as a political force, and the debate as it still rages in the schools, in the courts, and on the Internet. Illustrated with black-and-white photos, the book focuses not on which side is correct, but on recording the conflict. A useful and quite readable discussion of a controversial subject. Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-In clear and well-balanced prose, Sonder presents all sides of a highly emotional topic. In addition to the well-known story of how Darwin's ideas were developed into the widely supported theory of evolution, he shows how various Christians reacted. The author clearly differentiates a range of creationist theories, from "creation science," which strictly interprets the Bible wording, to the "old-earth creationist," which acknowledges that the Earth is much older than is indicated in Genesis and accepts the fossil record as partly true, and others in between. His evenhanded accounts of various scientific battles cover events up to the present day, including recent presidential campaigns and discussions on the Internet. He concludes with the hope that sensationalism will eventually fade away in favor of scholarship, and provides a list of basic points of disagreement for students to ponder. The few black-and-white illustrations are well selected, well captioned, and well keyed to the text. Marilyn Bailey's Evolution (Greenhaven, 1990; o.p.), Alvin Silverstein, Virginia Silverstein, and Laura Silverstein Nunn's Evolution (21st Century, 1998), and Linda Gamlin's Evolution (DK, 1993) have much better graphics and more detailed explanations of evolution but provide very little history of the controversies. Sonder's well-balanced treatment is unlikely to completely satisfy either creationists or scientists, but it will stir those who find the controversy interesting to pursue further reading.-Jonathan Betz-Zall, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Edmonds, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.