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The Battle of Beginnings

Paperback|Feb 1996
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Two sides have squared off and voices keep getting louder - whether in lecture halls or in the spate of books addressing the controversy. But neither side seems to be winning. Neither side has mounted an argument capable of turning...


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Two sides have squared off and voices keep getting louder - whether in lecture halls or in the spate of books addressing the controversy. But neither side seems to be winning. Neither side has mounted an argument capable of turning the tide and securing a victory. Why? Del Ratzsch examines the history of the debate and takes aim at entrenched positions that he argues impede progress from either side. Dissatisfied with both creationist fallacies and materialist misconstruals, he seeks to lay the groundwork for more fruitful dialogue. In considerable detail he looks at the history and development of Darwin's theory and popular creationist misunderstandings of evolution, moving on to the history and development of creationist theory and popular evolutionist misunderstandings of it. He then discusses the nature of science and common creationist and evolutionist abuses as a prelude to showing why both sides have remained critical of theistic evolution. Above all, he argues that until misconstruals, philosophical,confusion, logical missteps and various other snarls have been untangled, little real progress can be made in sorting out detailed analyses of scientific claims and cases.
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Voted one ofChristianity Today's1997 Books of the Year!Creation versus evolution. The debate is growing louder and hotter--whether in lecture halls or in between the pages of bestselling books. But neither side seems to be winning. Why?InThe Battle of BeginningsDel Ratzsch examines the history of the debate and critiques the entrenched positions that he argues merely impede progress toward the truth. Dissatisfied with both creationist fallacies and materialist misconstruals, he seeks to lay the groundwork for more fruitful dialogue.In considerable detail Ratzsch looks at the history and development of Darwin's theory and common creationist misunderstandings of evolution. He then moves on to examine the history and development of creationist theory and pervasive evolutionist misunderstandings of it. He also discusses the nature of science and common creationist and evolutionist abuses as a prelude to showing why both sides have remained critical of theistic evolution.Above all, Ratzsch argues that until philosophical confusion, logical missteps and various other snarls have been untangled, little real progress can be made in sorting out competing theories of life and its origin. With this book he challenges and equips all of us to think more clearly.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 96777
  • Product Code 0830815295
  • EAN 9780830815296
  • Pages 248
  • Department Academic
  • Category Science
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Feb 1996
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 20mm
  • Weight 0.346kg

Del Ratzsch

Del Ratzsch earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University oDel Ratzsch earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Massachusetts. He is professor of philosophy at Calvin Colf Massachusetts. He is professor of philosophy at Calvin College and author of The Philosophy of Science (published by Ilege and author of The Philosophy of Science (published by InterVarsity Press in the Contours of Christian Philosophy senterVarsity Press in the Contours of Christian Philosophy series), as well as several other books. Much of Ratzsch's worries), as well as several other books. Much of Ratzsch's worC

  • Preface
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Darwin: The Historical Context
  • 3. Darwin's Theory: A Brief Introduction
  • 4. Darwin's Theory: Popular Creationist Misunderstandings
  • 5. Twentieth-century Creationism: The Historical Context
  • 6. Creationist Theory: A Brief Introduction
  • 7. Creationist Theory: Popular Evolutionist Misunderstandings
  • 8. Philosophy Of Science: Twentieth-century Background
  • 9. The Nature Of Science: A Contemporary Perspective
  • 10. The Nature Of Science: Popular Creationist Mistakes
  • 11. The Nature Of Science: Popular Anticreationist Mistakes
  • 12. Theistic Evolution: Catching It From Both Sides
  • 13. Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Bibliography

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