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The Battle Over the Meaning of Everything Evolution, Intelligent Design, and a School Board in Dover, PA



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THE BATTLE OVER THE MEANING OF EVERYTHING is science journalist Gordy Slack's account of the Dover, PA, trial. It shows us that the trial revealed much more than a disagreement about how to approach science education. It revealed two essentially different and conflicting views of the world: the fundamentalist-creationist view, which mandates the existence of a creative and engaged personal God, and the secular-evolutionary one, which does not. The ruling by George W. Bush-appointed Judge John Jones III unexpectedly concluded that intelligent design was religion and not science and scolded the school board for wasting precious public time and money. This sophisticated examination of the deep cultural, religious, and political tensions that continue to divide America into two separate and increasingly alienated nations is based on Slack's personal account of the trial and interviews with key figures from both sides of the controversy. He reports not only on the trial but on the deep philosophical and cultural differences that drove it and that are still very much alive today in debates on education, government, and other American social institutions.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. v
The Takeoverp. 1
The Train to Doverp. 16
The Theory Is Not a Factp. 23
Assembling Goliathp. 43
Thomas More and ID Litep. 61
ID Heavy and the Wedgep. 74
Down by Lawp. 85
Search and Replacep. 98
The Varieties of Materialistic Experiencep. 109
The Flagellar Fandangop. 124
Liars for Christp. 144
The Unravelingp. 158
The Fortieth Dayp. 170
The People's Court and the Gospel According to John Jonesp. 182
Afterwordp. 199
Notesp. 209
Acknowledgmentsp. 219
About the Authorp. 223
Indexp. 224
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