Battle of Beginnings Why Neither Side Is Winning the Creation-Evolution Debate

ISBN-10: 0830815295

ISBN-13: 9780830815296

Edition: N/A

Authors: Del Ratzsch

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Voted one of Christianity Today's 1997 Books of the Year!Creation versus evolution. The debate is growing louder and hotter--whether in lecture halls or in between the pages of bestselling books. But neither side seems to be winning. Why?In The Battle of Beginnings Del Ratzsch examines the history of the debate and critiques the entrenched positions that he argues merely impede progress toward the truth. Dissatisfied with both creationist fallacies and materialist misconstruals, he seeks to lay the groundwork for more fruitful dialogue.In considerable detail Ratzsch looks at the history and development of Darwin's theory and common creationist misunderstandings of evolution. He then moves on to examine the history and development of creationist theory and pervasive evolutionist misunderstandings of it. He also discusses the nature of science and common creationist and evolutionist abuses as a prelude to showing why both sides have remained critical of theistic evolution.Above all, Ratzsch argues that until philosophical confusion, logical missteps and various other snarls have been untangled, little real progress can be made in sorting out competing theories of life and its origin. With this book he challenges and equips all of us to think more clearly.
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 2/17/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Del Ratzsch earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Massachusetts. He is professor of philosophy at Calvin College and author of The Philosophy of Science (published by InterVarsity Press in the Contours of Christian Philosophy series), as well as several other books. Much of Ratzsch's work over the last seventeen years at Calvin College has sought to relate science and religion (and more recently creation and evolution) in a way that is philosophically informed, scientifically defensible and theologically meaningful. Although Ratzsch is optimistic that design theory can avoid past mistakes in the creation-evolution controversy, he stresses that fundamental clarifying work remains to be done in this area.

Preface
Introduction
Darwin: The Historical Context
Darwin's Theory: A Brief Introduction
Darwin's Theory: Popular Creationist Misunderstandings
Twentieth-Century Creationism: The Historical Context
Creationist Theory: A Brief Introduction
Creationist Theory: Popular Evolutionist Misunderstandings
Philosophy of Science: Twentieth-Century Background
The Nature of Science: A Contemporary Perspective
The Nature of Science: Popular Creationist Mistakes
The Nature of Science: Popular Anticreationist Mistakes
Theistic Evolution: Catching It from Both Sides
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
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