Chronology of the Evolution-Creationism Controversy

by Randy Moore, Mark Decker, and Sehoya Cotner


It didn't start with recent battles over biology textbooks or the Scopes "Monkey Trial" or even the outcry over Darwin's On the Origins of Species. No, the historic record shows that the sometimes violent conflict between science-based and faith-based views of life dates back nearly 3,000 years—with seemingly no reconciliation of those views in sight.

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November 2009


Pages 454
Volumes 1
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Topics Science/General
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A unique chronology with entries describing the key events in the 3,000-year conflict between religion and science over the explanation and definition of life on Earth.

Exhaustively researched and authoritative, Chronology of the Evolution-Creationism Controversy does what no other work does: it examines the conflict between the religious and scientific views of life on Earth in its full 3,000-year historical context, showing readers how this roiling debate has played out over the centuries.

With hundreds of entries, Chronology of the Evolution-Creationism Controversy describes specific cultural, religious, and scientific events relevant to the evolution-creationism controversy from the first notions of creationism in ancient Egypt to the present. Within this historical approach, it identifies a number of recurring themes that have shaped the debate through the ages, including famous court cases, the recurrence of the "intelligent design" argument, disagreements over the age of the Earth, and the impact of technological advances on both the scientific and faith-based viewpoints. While approaching the subject globally throughout, the book's second half focuses on tensions between science and religious thought in the United States since the early 1900s.


  • Comprises over 1,400 chronologically arranged entries on important political, legal, and social events in the ongoing controversy between science- and faith-based views of the Earth and life
  • Offers a thorough bibliography spanning historical aspects of the controversy, creationist literature, and resources from evolutionary biology
  • Includes a one-of-a-kind glossary for easy access to definitions of relevant terms used by both anti-evolutionists and scientists
  • Provides an extensive index serving as a reference tool and as a way to explore recurring themes
  • Presents detailed appendices on estimating Earth's age, the geologic timescale, major species of known Hominines, and key legal decisions involving the teaching of evolution and creationism


  • Offers the first annotated, detailed chronology of the evolution-creationism controversy spanning its entire 3,000 year history
  • Follows a number of recurring themes in the history of the science versus faith conflict, including arguments over the age of the Earth, the role of the courts, the impact of technology, and more
  • Shows how initiatives on one side of the evolution-creationism debate inevitably lead to reactions from the other side
  • Uses icons, cross-references, and other devices to help readers make connections between related events
Author Info

Randy Moore, PhD, is H.T. Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Biology at the University of Minnesota. His published works include Evolution in the Courtroom: A Reference Guide, with Janice Moore and Mark Decker. Dr. Moore was the 2008 recipient of the Evolution Education Award given by the National Association of Biology Teachers, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study.

Mark Decker, PhD, is codirector of the biology program at the University of Minnesota. His published works include Evolution in the Courtroom: A Reference Guide, with Randy Moore.

Sehoya Cotner, PhD, is an award-winning teaching associate professor in the biology program and the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of several papers on science pedagogy, and is particularly interested in the determinants of acceptance and rejection of evolution by high school and undergraduate students.



"The modern controversy has roots that go far back in the history of human thought, contend Moore, Mark Decker, and Sehoya Cotner (all biology, U. of Minnesota-Minneapolis), and they begin in 2700 BCE in Egypt to trace some of the ideas and ways of thinking about the degree to which the physical world is self-contained. The chronology extends to 2009 and the discovery of what is now thought to be the oldest human remains. Marginal symbols indicate such categories as legislation and legal cases, argument from design and Intelligent Design, the age of earth, and social Darwinism and eugenics."Reference & Research Book News

"This is an essential and frequently fascinating look at the long history of the evolution-creationism is a great introduction to the subject. Clearly written and easy to understand, the book is highly recommended for school, public, and academic libraries, as well as theological libraries with audiences interested in the topic."Library Journal

"Useful for reference collections covering biology and or creationism."Booklist

"This should prove a useful reference work for students and faculty and provide much useful material for those researching the issues. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers."Choice


"Moore, Decker, and Cotner's detailed chronicle of the struggle over evolution tells a fascinating tale. Their book is a salutary reminder that, when it comes to the evolution–creationism controversy, the old saying is true: 'There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know.'"
—Glenn Branch, deputy director, National Center for Science Education


Outstanding Reference Source, 2011 — RUSA

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