Evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent Design
|Publication Date: 07/2010|
|Size: 6 1/8x9 1/4|
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|Hardcover|| ||$55.00|| ||978-0-313-37841-6|
This work of historical exploration examines America's conflicts as it has attempted to maintain its founding principles of freedom of thought and separation of church and state, while nevertheless remaining the most traditionally religious of modern nations.
Arguments over evolution have never been simple. William Jennings Bryan believed the German militarism that resulted in World War I was, in part, attributable to Darwinian concepts. Later, social Darwinism was blamed as a justification for German racism and extermination policies during World War II.Today, in some communities, the controversy pits science against religion, or seeks to find the meaning of science in religion, with potentially devastating effects for American education.
Evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent Design offers a comprehensive, unbiased history of this controversial issue, as well as a balanced presentation of the arguments central to a debate that remains one of the most divisive in American society. Centered around the importance of the issue to education in both the sciences and humanities, the book's chief concern is the relevance of the debate to America's public schools.
Beginning with an overview of the topic and its history, the book goes on to investigate Darwinism and the neo-Darwinian revolution as well as the applications of Darwinian theories in the social Darwinism and eugenics movements. It looks at theistic approaches to evolution; at arguments for and critiques of intelligent design; at religion, science, and the American courts; and at religion and science in the postmodern world. The two concluding sections, of special relevance to students are annotated listings of important personalities in the science-religion debate and an annotated bibliography.
• An overview chapter offering a detailed historical account of the debate between science and religion
• An annotated section entitled "Personalities," introducing readers to the most lively and significant personalities involved in this debate
• A fully annotated bibliography listing the most valuable and readily available resources for students researching the topic
• Approaches both sides of the conflict respectfully and objectively
• Examines the writings of contemporary Jewish, Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Islamic scientists and highlights several major, modern scientists including Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Francisco Ayala, Francis Collins, and others, who have found their disciplines compatible with traditional religion
• Explores the differences between religious indoctrination and teaching about religion as part of a program of secular, public education in a pluralistic society
Allene Phy-Olsen, PhD, is professor emerita of Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN. She was named outstanding professor at George Peabody College in Nashville and received the Hawkins Award for outstanding publications at Austin Peay State University. She is the author of four earlier books and hundreds of articles and reviews for both academic and popular journals. A world traveler, she has lectured widely on topics in literature and world religions in both the United States and Europe.
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