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From Genesis to Genetics

The Case of Evolution and Creationism

John A. Moore

Publication Year: 2002

The clash between evolution and creationism is one of the most hotly contested topics in education today. This book, written by one of America's most distinguished science educators, provides essential background information on this difficult and important controversy. Giving a sweeping and balanced historical look at both schools of thought, John A. Moore shows that faith can exist alongside science, that both are essential to human happiness and fulfillment, but that we must support the teaching of science and the scientific method in our nation's schools. This highly informative book will be an invaluable aid for parents, teachers, and lawmakers, as well as for anyone who wants a better understanding of this debate. From Genesis to Genetics shows us why we must free both science and religion to do the good work for which each is uniquely qualified.

Using accessible language, Moore describes in depth these two schools of thought. He begins with an analysis of the Genesis story, examines other ancient creation myths, and provides a nuanced discussion of the history of biblical interpretation. After looking at the tenets and historical context of creationism, he presents the history of evolutionary thought, explaining how it was developed, what it means, and why it is such a powerful theory. Moore goes on to discuss the relationship of nineteenth-century religion to Darwinism, examine the historic Scopes trial, and take us up to the current controversy over what to teach in schools. Most important, this book also explores options for avoiding confrontations over this issue in the future.

Thoughtfully and powerfully advocating that the teaching of science be kept separate from the teaching of religion, Moore asks us to recognize that a vigorous and effective scientific community is essential to our nation's health, to our leadership role in the world, and to the preservation of a healthy environment.

Published by: University of California Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Figures and Tables

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pp. ix-11

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Preface

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pp. xi-xiv

Of the three major conflicts between science and religion, two have already been settled. It is now generally accepted that the Earth is round, not flat, and that the Earth revolves around the sun, rather than the sun circling the Earth. The third major conflict concerns...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xv-xvi

In undertaking this major task, I have sought the advice of wise and informed individuals to help me say what is correct and what is useful. My wife, Dr. Betty C. Moore, edited the first draft of the manuscript. Those who have been most helpful with theology and religious history...

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1. When Worlds Collide

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pp. 1-19

In July 1996 a nearly complete human skeleton was found by two college students on the bank of the Columbia River near the town of Kennewick, Washington. Human remains so encountered are always of concern--"Who was it?" and "Who did it?"--so the students called...

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2. Creation according to Genesis

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pp. 20-53

Belief in a creation of some sort is not unique to the Judeo-Christian tradition. Most societies believe that the world and its living inhabitants have not existed forever, but rather that everything was created by some deity or supernatural force in the remote past. Many different...

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3. Creationists Meet Mr. Darwin, 1859

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pp. 54-90

During the nineteenth century, theologians and biblical scholars became engaged in serious study of the antecedents of the Bible as we know it, comparing the various ancient texts from which it evolved, seeking to understand the apparent contradictions, and attempting to...

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4. Making the Case for Evolution

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pp. 91-115

Imagine yourself living in the two decades after the publication of the Origin. You have read Darwin's book as well as reviews, heard several lectures on the subject, and possibly even attended the Oxford debate between Wilberforce and Huxley. If you were not a scientist and were...

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5. Twentieth-Century Evidence

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pp. 116-146

Darwin's magisterial assembling of the indirect evidence for evolution was convincing to many scientists almost from the publication of the Origin, and by the end of a decade to nearly all. However, his hypothesis for the mechanism of evolutionary change, namely, inherited variations...

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6. Evolution on Trial, 1925

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pp. 147-166

In the nineteenth century the United States witnessed a great ferment in Christianity that resulted in many schisms that persisted into the twentieth century. The religious climate was very different from that in most nations of Western Europe, which had established or dominant...

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7. The Rise of "Creation Science," 1963

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pp. 167-191

The reappearance of evolution in biology courses proved to be a stimulus for creationists, and their voices and activities increased. At first, only a few creationists were actively involved outside their community, but they proved to be skillful, determined, and effective. For example,...

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8. Where Does This Leave Us?

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pp. 192-206

Western civilization has developed two major ways of accounting for the diverse species of creatures alive today. The oldest, and probably the one most widely accepted in the United States, is based on a literal interpretation of Genesis, the first book in the Judeo-Christian Bible,...

Suggested Reading

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pp. 207-209

References

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pp. 211-220

Index

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pp. 221-223

Production Notes, Back Cover

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pp. EM1-EM3


E-ISBN-13: 9780520930780
Print-ISBN-13: 9780520224414

Page Count: 239
Publication Year: 2002