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Bibliolatry Revisited: Review: Grand Canyon

Year: 
2004
Title: 
Grand Canyon: A Different View
Issue: 
1
Author(s): 
Tom Vail (ed.)
Date: 
January–February
On August 10, 1869, Major John Wesley Powell and his party — the first Europeans to explore the length of the Grand Canyon — reached the confluence of the Río Colorado and the Chiquito Colorado (Little Colorado), 71 days after leaving Green River Station, Wyoming. Their frail wooden boats were in need of repair, half of their gear was lost, their dwindling supply of food was thoroughly soaked, and their clothing was in rags. Yet the scenery inspired them with awe. Powell wrote in his diary:
Green River (AR): Master Books, 2003. 104 pages.

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Reviewer: 
Wilfred A Elders
About the Author(s): 
Wilfred A Elders
Department of Earth Sciences
University of California
Riverside CA 92521
wilfred.elders@ucr.edu
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Review: Biology: A Search for Order in Complexity

Year: 
1980
Number: 
1
Quarter: 
Summer
Page(s): 
38–40
Reviewer: 
William Thwaites
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Title: 
Biology: A Search for Order in Complexity
The director of curriculum development at the Institute for Creation Research has publicly stated that this book is an embarrassment to many creationists because of the large number of errors it contains. Judging from this statement, we might expect it would soon be withdrawn from the market, thereby rendering any review unnecessary. It is my understanding, however, that such is not the case, and attempts are still being made to sell the text to private and public schools all over the country.

Well, errors or no, the book makes thoughtful reading for anyone
Author(s): 
Edited by John N. Moore and Harold S. Slusher
Zondervan Publishing House: Grand Rapids, 1974 (Revised).
About the Author(s): 
Dr. Thwaites, a geneticist at San Diego State University, teaches a special course, Evolution and Creation - Contrasting the Two Models, with his colleague Frank Awbrey. They present the evidence for evolution in half the course time, and prominent creationists use the other half. The two have also teamed up in two public debates on the creation/evolution question, both times against representatives of the Institute for Creation Research.

Why Creationism Should Not be Taught as Science

Title: 
Why Creationism Should Not be Taught as Science
Author(s): 
Frederick Edwords
Number: 
1
Year: 
1980
The following correction was subsequently made to this article in issue 3 (volume2.1):

Two errors of fact occurred in my article, "Why Creationism Should Not Be Taught As Science: The Legal Issues," published in Issue I of Creation/Evolution.

Quarter: 
Summer
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Bird, Wendell R. "Freedom of Religion and Science Instruction in Public Schools." Yale Law Journal. January 1978, pp. 515ff.

Bird, Wendell R. "Evolution in Public Schools and Creation in Student's Homes: What Creationists Can Do." Acts & Facts. March and April 1979, ICR Impact Series Nos. 69 and 70.

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Bird, Wendell R. "Resolution for Balanced Presentation of Evolution and Scientific Creationism." Acts & Facts. May 1979, ICR Impact Series No. 71.

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Chambers, Bette. "Why A Statement Affirming Evolution'?" The Humanist. January -- February 1977, pp. 23ff.

Cowen, Robert C. "Evolution: Equal Time for God." Technology Review June - July 1979, pp. 10ff.

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Dugan, Michael T. II. "Hendren v. Campbell," in A Compendium of Information on the Theory of Evolution and the Evolution-Creationism Controversy. National Association of Biology Teachers: Reston, Virginia, 1978.

Ellwanger, Paul. "Proposal to Anderson School District No. 5 Board of Trustees," Acts & Facts. January 1979, ICR Impact Series No. 67.

Gardner, Martin. Fads & Fallacies in the Name of Science. Dover Publications,
Inc.: New York, 1957.

Gilmore, John. "Evolution vs. Creation: New Battle Brews." San Diego Evening Tribune. March 19, 1980, p. A-2.

Gish, Duane T. Evolution: The Fossils Say No! Creation-Life Publishers: San Diego, 1973.

Gish, Duane T. "The Scopes Trial in Reverse." The Humanist. November - December 1977, pp. 50ff.

Goodman, Ellen. "Creationists Get Some Knocks." San Diego Evening Tribune. April 18, 1980, p. B-11.

Hatfield, Larry. "Educators Against Darwin." Science Digest (Special). Winter 1979, pp. 94ff.

Hinton, Richard W. Arsenal for Skeptics. (Chapter 9, part 4.) A. S. Barnes and Company, Inc.: New York, 1961.

Holmes, S. J. "Proposed Laws Against the Teaching of Evolution," in A Compendium of Information on the Theory of Evolution and the EvolutionCreationism Controversy. National Association of Biology Teachers: Reston, Virginia, 1978.

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Mayer, William V. "Creation Concepts Should Not Be Taught in Public Schools." Liberty. September - October 1978, pp. 3ff.

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About the Author(s): 
Fred Edwords has lectured and debated widely on the creation/evolution question, has designed a two-model slide show on the subject, is Editor of this journal, and is Administrator of the American Humanist Association.
Page(s): 
2–23
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Unmasking the False Prophet of Creationism

Title: 
Unmasking the False Prophet of Creationism
Author(s): 
Barbara Forrest
Issue: 
5
The headline in the October 16, 1998, Daily Star, "$10,000 to prove him wrong," told me immediately that the article in my local newspaper was about Kent Hovind, an itinerant creationist who presented a "seminar" at Immanuel Baptist Church in Hammond, Louisiana. (Hammond is in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, where the school board is involved in an ongoing court case involving its evolution disclaimer.) To many interested in teaching evolution in public schools, Hovind is familiar, but as an expert at self-promotion rather than evolution.
Year: 
1999
Date: 
September–October
Page(s): 
28–30
About the Author(s): 

Barbara Forrest, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Southeastern Louisiana University
E-mail: bforrest@selu.edu
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Trouble in Paradise

Title: 
Trouble in Paradise: Answers in Genesis Splinters
Issue: 
6
As of 2004, the US market for creationism was at least $22 million — as measured by adding up donations to and purchases of products and services from ten of the largest creationist groups. Of that amount, Answers in Genesis accounted for 59%, making it clearly the dominant player in US creationism (Lippard 2007). But in October 2005, Answers in Genesis (AiG) suffered a schism.
Year: 
2006
Date: 
November–December
Page(s): 
4–7
About the Author(s): 
Jim Lippard
c/o NCSE
PO Box 9477
Berkeley CA 94709-0477
ncseoffice@ncseweb.org

Jim Lippard is a long-time critic of pseudoscience, including creationism. He blogs at http://lippard.blogspot.com/.
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Turkish Creationist Movement Tours American College Campuses

Title: 
Turkish Creationist Movement Tours American College Campuses
Author(s): 
Pat Shipman
Pennsylvania State University
Issue: 
5
The first I heard of it was when I got an e-mail from a Turkish colleague, Cengiz Camci, in aerospace engineering, who had read an article of mine in American Scientist about the threat that "intelligent design" poses in the US. Cengiz told me that representatives from the Turkish Harun Yahya movement were coming to our campus (Penn State) to speak. He asked me to attend to support a small group of faculty and students who were opposed to the Harun Yahya sect and wanted to counter their presentation with pertinent questions and rebuttals.

Year: 
2006
Date: 
September-October
Page(s): 
11–14
About the Author(s): 
Pat Shipman
c/o NCSE
PO Box 9477
Berkeley CA 94709-0477
pls10@psu.edu
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A Visit to the New Creation "Museum"

Title: 
A Visit to the New Creation "Museum"
Author(s): 
Timothy H Heaton
Issue: 
1–2
There has been much publicity about the new Creation Museum built by Answers in Genesis in northern Kentucky (greater Cincinnati). My wife and I decided to pay the museum a visit as part of a family vacation. We took the tour on May 29, 2007, the day after the Grand Opening. Despite continuing construction and a few incomplete exhibits, I can only describe the museum as impressive.
Year: 
2007
Date: 
January–April
Page(s): 
21-24
About the Author(s): 
Timothy H Heaton
Department of Earth Science/Physics
University of South Dakota
Vermillion SD 57069
theaton@usd.edu

Timothy H Heaton is Chair and Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of South Dakota and teaches a course called "The Evolution/Creation Debate". His research currently focuses on Ice Age fossils from caves in coastal Alaska.
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The Answers in Genesis Schism

Title: 
The Answers in Genesis Schism: No Resolution in Sight
Author(s): 
Andrew J. Petto
Issue: 
5–6

Jim Lippard reported in RNCSE at the end of 2006 on a split within the Answers in Genesis ministry that pitted the officials running the affiliate in the US against their counterparts in Australia, where the ministry began (Lippard 2006). Although Lippard reported several efforts between the two factions to negotiate a solution to various issues that divided them, it appears that those efforts have fallen apart yet again.

Year: 
2007
Date: 
September–December
Page(s): 
18
About the Author(s): 
Andrew J Petto
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
PO Box 413
Milwaukee WI 53201-0413
editor@ncseweb.org

[Thanks to Jim Lippard for alerting us to the latest events in the ongoing dispute between AiG and CMI.]
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Toe to Toe with Young-Earth Creationists

by Bill Thwaites

Dedicated to Frank Awbrey

Becoming Aware of Creationism

The first I ever heard of creationism was in a mailing I received from the Creation Science Quarterly in the late 1960's. It was a call for papers supporting the biblical account of creation. I saved the announcement in a file folder called “Funny Mail,” but have since lost it. I wondered what kind of journal would limit its contributions to those supporting only one conclusion?

The Ultra-Fundamentalism of Duane Gish

by George S. Bakken

It is not commonly known that Charles Darwin intended to become a clergyman when he studied at Cambridge, or that the Church of England honored him with burial in Westminster Abbey near Isaac Newton. Many scientists hold strong religious beliefs, but read the Genesis account of creation as did Isaac Newton in his 1681 letter to Thomas Burnett:
As to Moses ... he described realities in a language artificially adapted to ye sense of ye vulgar....

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