The Creation-Evolution Debate: Historical Perspectives (George H. Shriver Lecture Series In Religion In American History) (George H. Shriver Lecture Series In Religion In American History Ser.)

The Creation-Evolution Debate: Historical Perspectives (George H. Shriver Lecture Series In Religion In American History) (George H. Shriver Lecture Series In Religion In American History Ser.)

The Creation-Evolution Debate: Historical Perspectives (George H. Shriver Lecture Series in Religion in American History) (George H. Shriver Lecture Series in Religion in American History Ser.)

Few issues besides evolution have so strained Americans' professed tradition of tolerance. Few historians besides Pulitzer Prize winner Edward J. Larson have so perceptively chronicled evolution's divisive presence on the American scene. This slim volume reviews the key aspects, current and historical, of the creation-evolution debate in the United States.

Larson discusses such topics as the transatlantic response to Darwinism, the American controversy over teaching evolution in public schools, and the religious views of American scientists. He recalls the theological qualms about evolution held by some leading scientists of Darwin's time. He looks at the 2006 Dover, Pennsylvania, court decision on teaching Intelligent Design and other cases leading back to the landmark 1925 Scopes trial. Drawing on surveys that Larson conducted, he discusses attitudes of American scientists toward the existence of God and the afterlife.

By looking at the changing motivations and backgrounds of the stakeholders in the creation-evolution debate―clergy, scientists, lawmakers, educators, and others―Larson promotes a more nuanced view of the question than most of us have. This is no incidental benefit for Larson's readers;...

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