Creationism's Trojan Horse The Wedge of Intelligent Design

ISBN-10: 0195319737

ISBN-13: 9780195319736

Edition: 2007

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Description: In Creationism's Trojan Horse, philosopher Barbara Forrest and biologist Paul R. Gross examine in full detail the claims and strategies of the "Intelligent Design" movement, the most recent manifestation of creationism. The authors illuminate what design theorists call their "Wedge Strategy," documenting their aggressive political and public relations campaign. They describe how ID advocates maintain a crowded nationwide schedule of lectures, popular publications for its mostly conservative Christian constituency, and media appearances, all sustained by generous funding from religious benefactors. They also examine how this wedge strategy has intruded itself efficiently into educational politics at local, state, and national levels. In particular, they detail efforts to influence science standards in Kansas and Ohio, and to shape federal education legislation through the so-called "Santorum amendment" of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act. Equally important, they demonstrate the continuity of intelligent design with traditional creationism, including all the scientific claims, exposing its religious core and purposes. The book includes a new afterword that discusses the recent Dover, Pennsylvania evolution trials, which ended in defeat for the Intelligent Design movement. "An exhaustively detailed and compelling exposure of the attempt...to corrupt science in the service of sectarian religion." --Edward O. Wilson "Documents the disturbing movement to sneak religious dogma back into science education, driven by the vague fear that Americans can't handle the truth. Educators, scientists, and politicians would do well to understand this movement and its tactics, and this book is a superb and timely analysis." --Steven Pinker "Intelligent Design 'theory' (ID) has been well described as Creationism in a cheap Tuxedo. Unfortunately, ID 'theorists' have a streetwise political professionalism to outweigh the amateurishness of their science, and we therefore cannot ignore them. Barbara Forrest and Paul Gross meticulously document their pretensions, destroy their arguments, and expose their true motivation. An excellent and sadly necessary book." --Richard Dawkins

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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

Foreword
Introduction
How the Wedge Began
The Wedge Document: A Design for Design
Searching for the Science
Paleontology Lite and Copernican Discoveries
A Conspiracy Hunter and a Newton
Everything Except Science I
Everything Except Science II
Wedging into Power Politics
Religion First-and Last
Afterword: Update on the Wedge
Notes
Index
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