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Recommended Books about Creationism and Evolution

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Alters, Brian J. and Sandra Alters
Defending Evolution: A guide to the creation/evolution controversy
Sudbury, Mass: Jones & Bartlett Pub (2001)
Eugenie C. Scott, executive director of NCSE, writes, "At last a book for teachers to help them cope with antievolutionism. Clearly written and filled with practical advice about the underlying religious and scientific issues prompting student questions, Defending Evolution should be on every teacher's bookshelf."

Berra, Tim M.
Evolution and the Myth of Creationism: A Basic Guide to the Facts in the Evolution Debate
Stanford, Ca.: Stanford University Press (1990)
A clear and simple explanation of the techniques and methods of science and the abundance of evidence for evolution, this is a great primer for understanding the weight of evidence in favor of evolution.

Eldredge, Niles
The Triumph of Evolution: and the Failure of Creationism
New York: W. H. Freeman. (2000)
An analysis of both the "old" creation science as well as the "new" intelligent design creationism arguments by the co-developer of "punctuated equilibria."

Futuyma, Douglas J.
Science on Trial: The Case for Evolution, revised edition.
New York: Pantheon. (1995)
Excellent and clearly written. Deals with the faults of creationism and why evolution explains things better.

Godfrey, Laurie
Scientists Confront Creationism
New York: W. W. Norton. (1983)
Scientists from many fields offer specific rebuttals to creationists' allegedly scientific claims.

Haught, John F.
Responses to 101 Questions on God and Evolution
New York: Paulist Press. (2001)
A theological critique of creation and evolution.

Kitcher, Phillip
Abusing Science: The Case Against Creationism
Cambridge: MIT Press. (1982)
Special emphasis on evolution as science and how creationism misses the boat.

Larson, Edward J.
Trial and Error: The American Controversy over Creation & Evolution
New York: Oxford University Press. (1989)
A comprehensive account of the educational and legal battles erupting from the debate over teaching evolution in America's public schools from 1925 to the 1980s.

Miller, James, ed.
An Evolving Dialogue: Theological and Scientific Perspectives on Evolution
Trinity International Press (2001)
A good basic introduction to historical and philosophical perspectives on the relationship between evolutionary biology and religious thought.

Miller, Kenneth
Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground
New York: HarperCollins. (1999)
An excellent analysis of scientific faults of "intelligent design" creationism as well as a presentation of a religious scientist's accommodation of faith and science.

Numbers, Ronald L.
The Creationists
New York: Alfred Knopf. (1992)
A detailed history of modern creationism; traces its sources - obscure and famous - through exhaustive interviews and document searches.

Pennock, Robert
Tower of Babel: The Evidence Against the New Creationism
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. (1999)
An examination of the new directions that anti-evolutionists have taken and a proposal for the use of linguistic evolution as an effective counterattack.

Pennock, Robert, ed.
Intelligent Design Creationism and its Critics
Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. (2001)
A comprehensive collection of previously published and often hard to find articles by both Intelligent Design advocates and critics which provides a series of "discussions" covering topics such as ID's existence as a political movement, its theological grounding, and its claims to science.

Ruse, Michael, ed.
But Is It Science? The Philosophical Question in the Creation/Evolution Controversy
Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Press. (1988)
Edited by an internationally known philosopher of science who specializes in Darwinism.

Strahler, Arthur
Science and Earth History: The Evolution/Creation Controversy
Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Press. (1999)
A massive compendium of information directly refuting creationist "scientific" claims. Thorough and comprehensive. An excellent resource for anyone interested in this controversy.

Toumey, Christopher
God's Own Scientists
Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. (1996)
This anthropological investigation of a group of North Carolina creationists discusses the place of creationism in American culture.