An advocate for the teaching of evolution in US schools surveys the scientific, religious, educational, and legal implications of a debate that continues almost 80 years after the Scopes trial pitted science against faith in the American classroom. Scott (National Center for Science Education) writes primarily for advanced high school students and undergraduates. She provides information on basic science and the philosophy of science to help students understand why creationist critiques of evolution are resisted by scientists. She looks as well at the theological issues involved that explain why creationists' claims are not uniformly accepted by all religious people. A section on the history of the controversy puts current headlines about the teaching of creationism into perspective. Annotation © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
In view of the ongoing controversy over how life began and how this question should be approached within the classroom curriculum, this timely volume provides a clearly organized and comprehensive overview of both evolution and creationism. Although there is no shortage of recent books dealing with various aspects of the controversy, this volume is unique because it offers a thorough exploration of all perspectives related to each theory, examining both from a historical, legal, educational, political, scientific, and religious point of view. Although the author is clearly a proponent of evolution and natural selection theories (she is the Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, a leading evolution advocacy group), she tries hard-and for the most part succeeds-in presenting a well-balanced book. Written for advanced high school and college students, the first several chapters provide background information needed to understand why the controversy exists. The second section of the book then gives a historical overview of the issues and places the controversy within the context of current society. In particular, students who are searching for information about the theory of Intelligent Design (ID) will find the summaries of key articles written by ID proponents useful in helping them understand this hotly debated topic. Each chapter provides an extensive list of works cited, and there is also a lengthy section of references for further exploration. An excellent resource for research reports or for debate preparation, this title would be a useful tool for teachers as well. 2004, Greenwood, 296p.; Index. Source Notes. Further Reading., PLB . Ages 11 to Adult.