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Evolution vs. creationism : an introduction
Scott, Eugenie Carol, 1945-
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2004]

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xxiv, 272 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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Almost 80 years after the Scopes trial, the debate over the teaching of evolution continues. It is a complex topic with profound scientific, religious, educational, and legal implications. How can a student or parent understand this volatile issue? Evolution vs. Creationism provides the comprehensive and balanced survey that is so badly needed. Written by one of the leading advocates for the teaching of evolution in the United States, this accessible resource provides an introduction to the many facets of the current debate--the scientific evidence for evolution, the legal and educational basis for its teaching, the various religious points of view--as well as a concise history of the evolution-creationism controversy.

Author Notes

EUGENIE C. SCOTT is Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, the leading advocacy group for the teaching of evolution in the United States. She has written extensively on the evolution-creationism controversy in scholarly and popular venues, and she has won numerous awards for her work from scholarly organizations, including the Public Service Award from the National Science Board. She is a recent past-president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.

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Although this book does not provide in detail all of the arguments and counterarguments of the creation/evolution dispute, it is notable for its coverage of the history of the creationist movement and its presentation of the past and current legal issues surrounding the controversy. With creationists continuing to mount court challenges to the teaching of evolution, the currency of this work is crucial for libraries trying to keep up with developments. Scott is the executive director of the National Center for Science Education and, as such, may be this country's foremost advocate for the teaching of evolution in schools. Nevertheless, she offers here a balanced representation of creationist arguments. A considerable portion of the text consists of selections from creationist literature, which are then counterbalanced with selections from either evolutionists or other creationists. Many libraries may not own creationist books or journals, so this new title is an excellent way to provide access to that literature while keeping it in a scientific, scholarly context. This is very much an introductory work, and advanced researchers will not find much new material here. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers. J. Nabe University of Connecticut

Table of Contents

Niles Eldredge
Foreword: The Unmetabolized Darwinp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Prefacep. xvii
Introduction: The Pillars of Creationismp. xxi
Part I Science, Evolution, Religion, and Creationismp. 1
Chapter 1. Science: "Truth Without Certainty"p. 3
Chapter 2. Evolutionp. 23
Chapter 3. Beliefs: Religion, Creationism, and Naturalismp. 47
Part II A History of the Creationism/Evolution Controversyp. 71
Chapter 4. Before Darwin to the Twentieth Centuryp. 73
Chapter 5. Eliminating Evolution, Inventing Creation Sciencep. 91
Chapter 6. Neocreationismp. 113
Part III Selections from the Literaturep. 135
Chapter 7. Cosmology, Astronomy, Geologyp. 137
Chapter 8. Patterns and Processes of Biological Evolutionp. 163
Chapter 9. Legal Issuesp. 193
Chapter 10. Educational Issuesp. 211
Chapter 11. Religious Issuesp. 225
Chapter 12. The Nature of Sciencep. 237
References for Further Explorationp. 255
Name Indexp. 265
Subject Indexp. 269