Evolution Vs. Creationism

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-08-03
  • Publisher: Univ of California Pr

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More than eighty years after the Scopes trial, the debate over teaching evolution continues in spite of the emptiness of the creationist positions. This accessible resource, now completely revised and updated, provides an essential introduction to the ongoing dispute's many facets--the scientific evidence for evolution, the legal and educational basis for its teaching, and the various religious points of view--as well as a concise history of the evolution-creationism controversy. This second edition also contains a discussion of the legal history, updated to include the seminal case ofKitzmiller v. Doveras well as a new chapter on public opinion and media coverage.

Author Biography

EUGENIE C. SCOTT is Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education. She has written extensively on the evolution-creationism controversy and is past president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Unmetabolized Darwinp. ix
Foreword to the Second Editionp. xv
Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Introduction: The Pillars of Creationismp. xxiii
Science, Evolution, Religion, and Creationismp. 1
Science: Truth without Certaintyp. 3
Evolutionp. 23
Beliefs: Religion, Creationism, and Naturalismp. 53
A History of the Creationism/Evolution Controversyp. 77
Before Darwin to the Twentieth Centuryp. 79
Eliminating Evolution, Inventing Creation Sciencep. 97
Neocreationismp. 119
Testing Intelligent Design and Evidence against Evolution in the Courtsp. 145
Selections from the Literaturep. 165
Cosmology, Astronomy, Geologyp. 167
Patterns and Processes of Biological Evolutionp. 187
Legal Issuesp. 219
Educational Issuesp. 247
Issues Concerning Religionp. 269
The Nature of Sciencep. 287
Evolution and Creationism in the Media and Public Opinionp. 303
References for Further Explorationp. 333
Name Indexp. 343
Subject Indexp. 347
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