Evolution-Creation Struggle

ISBN-10: 0674022556
ISBN-13: 9780674022553
Edition: 2005
List price: $23.00
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Book details

List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/31/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Creation versus evolution: What seems like a cultural crisis of our day, played out in courtrooms and classrooms across the county, is in fact part of a larger story reaching back through the centuries. The views of both evolutionists and creationists originated as inventions of the Enlightenment--two opposed but closely related responses to a loss of religious faith in the Western world. In his latest book, Michael Ruse, a preeminent authority on Darwinian evolutionary thought and a leading participant in the ongoing debate, uncovers surprising similarities between evolutionist and creationist thinking. Exploring the underlying philosophical commitments of evolutionists, he reveals that those most hostile to religion are just as evangelical as their fundamentalist opponents. But more crucially, and reaching beyond the biblical issues at stake, he demonstrates that these two diametrically opposed ideologies have, since the Enlightenment, engaged in a struggle for the privilege of defining human origins, moral values, and the nature of reality. Highlighting modern-day partisans as divergent as Richard Dawkins and Left Behind authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, Ruse's bracing book takes on the assumptions of controversialists of every stripe and belief and offers to all a new and productive way of understanding this unifying, if often bitter, quest.

Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, Florida State University. He is the founder and editor of the journal Biology and Philosophy, and has appeared on ldquo;Quirks and Quarksrdquo; and the Discovery Channel.

Prologue
Christianity and Its Discontents
From Progress toEvolution
Growth of aPseudoscience
CharlesDarwin
Failure of a ProfessionalScience
SocialDarwinism
ChristianResponses
Fundamentalism
PopulationGenetics
EvolutionToday
Nature asPromise
Earth's LastDays?
Conclusion
Notes
References andReading
Acknowledgments
Index

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