God Vs. Darwin

God Vs. Darwin

The War Between Evolution and Creationism in the Classroom

Book - 2009
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"In God vs. Darwin, Mano Singham dissects the legal battle between evolution and creationism in the classroom beginning with the Scopes Monkey trial in 1925 and ending with an intelligent design trial in Dover, Pennsylvania, in 2005. A publicity stunt, the Scopes Monkey trial had less to do with legal precedence than with generating tourism dollars for a rural Tennessee town. But the trial did successfully spark a debate that has lasted more than 80 years and simply will not be quelled despite a succession of seemingly definitive court decisions. In the greatest demonstration of survival, opposition to the teaching of evolution has itself evolved. Attempts to completely eliminate the teaching of evolution from public schools have given way to the recognition that evolution is here to stay, that explicitly religious ideas will never be allowed in public schools, and that the best that can be hoped for is to chip away at the credibility of the theory of evolution." "Dr. Singham answers complex questions: Why is there such intense antagonism to the teaching of evolution in the United States? What have the courts said about the various attempts to oppose it? Sprinkled with interesting tidbits about Charles Darwin and the major players of the evolution vs. creationism debate, readers will find that God vs. Darwin is charming in its embrace of the strong passions aroused from the topic of teaching evolution in schools."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowan & Littlefield Education, c2009.
ISBN: 9781607091691
1607091690
9781607091707
1607091704
Characteristics: xii, 173 p. ; 23 cm.
Alternative Title: God versus Darwin
Contents: Introduction
The history behind Inherit the wind
The rising religious opposition to Darwin
The free speech train
The Scopes pre-game show
The Scopes trial
The Scopes appeal
The history of religion in U.S. public schools
Religion and the establishment clause after Scopes
Evolution back in the courts
Adam and Eve and evolution
The rise and fall of "creation science"
Creation science born again as intelligent design
Why some hate evolution: the wedge document revelations
The endorsement test and the "informed, reasonable observer"
The Dover policy on teaching evolution
The Dover verdict
The aftershocks of Dover
What next?
The long view.
Summary: "In God vs. Darwin, Mano Singham dissects the legal battle between evolution and creationism in the classroom beginning with the Scopes Monkey trial in 1925 and ending with an intelligent design trial in Dover, Pennsylvania, in 2005. A publicity stunt, the Scopes Monkey trial had less to do with legal precedence than with generating tourism dollars for a rural Tennessee town. But the trial did successfully spark a debate that has lasted more than 80 years and simply will not be quelled despite a succession of seemingly definitive court decisions. In the greatest demonstration of survival, opposition to the teaching of evolution has itself evolved. Attempts to completely eliminate the teaching of evolution from public schools have given way to the recognition that evolution is here to stay, that explicitly religious ideas will never be allowed in public schools, and that the best that can be hoped for is to chip away at the credibility of the theory of evolution." "Dr. Singham answers complex questions: Why is there such intense antagonism to the teaching of evolution in the United States? What have the courts said about the various attempts to oppose it? Sprinkled with interesting tidbits about Charles Darwin and the major players of the evolution vs. creationism debate, readers will find that God vs. Darwin is charming in its embrace of the strong passions aroused from the topic of teaching evolution in schools."--BOOK JACKET.

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