Where Darwin Meets the Bible
This text tracks the highs and lows of one of the most volatile debates at the heart of American thought - creationism and evolution. It examines famous incidents such as the monkey trial as well as the constant border skirmishes...
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This text tracks the highs and lows of one of the most volatile debates at the heart of American thought - creationism and evolution. It examines famous incidents such as the monkey trial as well as the constant border skirmishes and explains how the contours of the debate have changed.
The conflict between creationists and evolutionists has raged ever since the publication ofOn the Origin of Speciesin 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 The once-dominant "young earth" school has been replaced by a creationism that conscripts the language of science to advance the creationist cause.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 Bibleprovides the standard account of this lasting conflict.
Larry Witham is the author of "The Measure of God", "Where Darwin Meets the Bible", and "By Design: Science and the Search for God". As a journalist, he has won the Religion Communicators Council's Wilbur Award three times and has received several prizes from the Religion Newswriters Association as well as a Templeton Foundation award for his articles on science and religion.