Where Darwin Meets the Bible: Creationists and Evolutionists in America

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Oxford University Press, Nov 7, 2002 - Religion - 344 pages
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The conflict between creationists and evolutionists has raged ever since the publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859. And yet, even as generations of Americans have fought and re-fought the same battles, the contours of the debate have in recent years shifted dramatically. Tracking the dizzying rhetorical heights and opportunistic political lows of this controversy, Larry Witham travels to America's churches, schools, universities, museums, and government agencies to present creationists and evolutionists in their own unfiltered voices. We meet leading creationists and proponents of Intelligent Design such as Michael Behe; evolutionists such as Richard Dawkins; and theistic scientists who describe how they reconcile God and Nature. Today, Biblical literalism is tempered by the Intelligent Design movement, which finds evidence of God's presence in nature's patterns. The once-dominant "young earth" school has been replaced by a creationism that conscripts the language of science to advance the creationist cause. Meanwhile, evolutionary scientists hesitate to point out gaps in their theories for fear that such self-scrutiny could serve as fodder for anti-evolution propaganda. In an age marked both by a rising religious tide and daily scientific breakthroughs, Where Darwin Meets the Bible provides the standard account of this lasting conflict.
 

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Drawing on his personal interviewing and impressive research, journalist Witham examines the contentious battles over the origin of life forms on this planet between creationists and evolutionists ... Read full review

Contents

Ways of Knowing
3
1 Darwins Legacy in America
11
2 The Two Books
25
3 Looking for Boundaries
42
4 Hearts and Minds
57
Evolutionists
74
Creationists
103
7 Politics
133
10 Museums and Sanctuaries
179
11 What Natural Scientists Believe
198
12 The Great Debate
212
13 MediaEye View
227
14 The Good Society
242
15 Search for the Underdog
261
Appendix
271
Notes
279

8 Schools and Textbooks
147
9 Higher Education
162

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Larry Witham, a veteran Washington D.C. journalist, has written widely on science and religion topics, including as a former reporter with The Washington Times. He is the author of eight books.

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