40 Days and 40 Nights: Darwin, Intelligent Design, God, Oxycontin®, and Other Oddities on Trial in Pennsylvania

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Social Science - 288 pages
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In this fascinating story of evolution, religion, politics, and personalities, Matthew Chapman captures the story behind the headlines in the debate over God and science in America.

Kitzmiller v. Dover Board of Education, decided in late 2005, pitted the teaching of intelligent design (sometimes known as "creationism in a lab coat") against the teaching of evolution. Matthew Chapman, the great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin, spent several months covering the trial from beginning to end. Through his in-depth encounters with the participants—creationists, preachers, teachers, scientists on both sides of the issue, lawyers, theologians, the judge, and the eleven parents who resisted the fundamentalist proponents of intelligent design—Chapman tells a sometimes terrifying, often hilarious, and above all moving story of ordinary people doing battle in America over the place of religion and science in modern life.

 

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

An easy to read, enjoyable document of the Dover Intelligent Design trial, from the pen of one of Darwin's own descendants. Sometimes one can glimpse through the gentle humor just how perplexed the ... Read full review

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

Chapman, who is the great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin, here writes about the 2005 Dover PA trial regarding the school board's championing of Intelligent Design. He covers the trial with an old ... Read full review

Contents

Genesis
3
Early Days
14
Bill and Alan
24
Miller Grinds It Up
34
Other Primates
52
The Teachers Story
58
The Audible Ping
70
A Libertarian Buddhist Girl Scout Leader
78
Pennock qua Pennock Finches qua Finches
84
Summertime
90
Marilyn Monroe Is Alive and Well and Living in Dover
99
PART TWO The New Testament of Science
165
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Matthew Chapman is the author of Trials of the Monkey: An Accidental Memoir. He is also a film director and screenwriter whose writing credits include Consenting Adults and Runaway Jury. He lives in New York with his wife and daughter.

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