The Evolution-Creation Struggle

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Science - 336 pages

Creation versus evolution: What seems like a cultural crisis of our day, played out in courtrooms and classrooms across the county, is in fact part of a larger story reaching back through the centuries. The views of both evolutionists and creationists originated as inventions of the Enlightenment--two opposed but closely related responses to a loss of religious faith in the Western world.

In his latest book, Michael Ruse, a preeminent authority on Darwinian evolutionary thought and a leading participant in the ongoing debate, uncovers surprising similarities between evolutionist and creationist thinking. Exploring the underlying philosophical commitments of evolutionists, he reveals that those most hostile to religion are just as evangelical as their fundamentalist opponents. But more crucially, and reaching beyond the biblical issues at stake, he demonstrates that these two diametrically opposed ideologies have, since the Enlightenment, engaged in a struggle for the privilege of defining human origins, moral values, and the nature of reality.

Highlighting modern-day partisans as divergent as Richard Dawkins and "Left Behind" authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, Ruse's bracing book takes on the assumptions of controversialists of every stripe and belief and offers to all a new and productive way of understanding this unifying, if often bitter, quest.

 

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A fascinating and insightful book which gave me a far better understanding of the history and nature of the longstanding Evolution-Creation struggle. The author sees rival eschatologies as essentially ... Read full review

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Not a pleasant read but quite learned. Certainly covers the intellectual and cultural ground of this ongoing debate that just doesn't want to go away! Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
1 Christianity and Its Discontents
7
2 From Progress to Evolution
28
3 Growth of a Pseudoscience
42
4 Charles Darwin
64
5 Failure of a Professional Science
83
6 Social Darwinism
103
7 Christian Responses
129
10 Evolution Today
190
11 Nature as Promise
214
12 Earths Last Days?
236
Conclusion
262
Notes
289
References and Reading
299
Acknowledgments
318
Index
320

8 Fundamentalism
146
9 Population Genetics
168

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Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, Florida State University. He is the founder and editor of the journal Biology and Philosophy, and has appeared on ldquo;Quirks and Quarksrdquo; and the Discovery Channel.

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