The Battle Over the Meaning of Everything: Evolution, Intelligent Design, and a School Board in Dover, PA
A compelling eyewitness account of the recent courtroom drama in Dover, Pennsylvania that put evolution on trial.
Journalist Gordy Slack offers a riveting, personal, and often amusing first-hand account that details six weeks of some of the most widely ranging, fascinating, and just plain surreal testimony in U.S. legal history—a battle between hard science and religious conservatives wishing to promote a new version of creationism in schools.
During the Kitzmiller vs. Dover Areas School Board trial, the members of the local school board defended their decision to require teachers to present intelligent design alongside evolution as an explanation for the origins and diversity of life on earth. The trial revealed much more than a disagreement about how to approach science education. It showed two essentially different and conflicting views of the world and the lengths some people will go to promote their own. The ruling by George W. Bush-appointed Judge John Jones III was unexpected in its stridency: Not only did he conclude that intelligent design was religion and not science and therefore had no place in a science classroom, he scolded the school board for wasting public time and money.
A sophisticated examination of the deep cultural, religious, and political tensions that continue to divide America, The Battle Over the Meaning of Everything is also journalist Gordy Slack’s personal and engaging story of the high drama and unforgettable characters on both sides of the courtroom controversy.
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A well written account of the Dover, PA school Board's attempt to force Intelligent Design to be taught in the schools. The court case is covered in detail and the writing style is fluid and ... Read full review
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First, there was the Scopes Monkey trial in 1925; then, in 2005, Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District. The names are different, and some strategies have changed, but it is the same cultural ... Read full review
CHAPTER 1 THE TAKEOVER
CHAPTER 2 THE TRAIN TO DOVER
CHAPTER 3 THE THEORY IS NOT A FACT
CHAPTER 4 ASSEMBLING GOLIATH
CHAPTER 5 THOMAS MORE AND ID LITE
CHAPTER 6 ID HEAVY AND THE WEDGE
CHAPTER 7 DOWN BY LAW
CHAPTER 11 LIARS FOR CHRIST
CHAPTER 12 THE UNRAVELING
CHAPTER 13 THE FORTIETH DAY
CHAPTER 14 THE PEOPLES COURT AND THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN JONES
CHAPTER 15 AFTERWORD
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