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Evolution and Religion in American Education

by David E. Long
New York: Springer, 2011. 203 pages.

Reviewer Steve Watkins explains, “Much of Long’s research delves, in effect, into a question recently posed by Karl Giberson: ‘Why do tens of millions of Americans prefer to get their science from Ken Ham, founder of the creationist Answers in Genesis, who has no scientific expertise, rather than from his fellow evangelical Francis Collins, current Director of the National Institutes of Health?’ Long’s book provides some important and troubling answers to such questions.” Watkins warns, “A challenge fo

American Genesis

by Jeffrey P. Moran
New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 191 pages.

“Jeffrey Moran’s new book offers a compelling explanation of the durability of America’s anti-evolution impulse,” writes reviewer Adam Laats. “Moran demonstrates the ways that anti-evolutionism has been both a bellwether and an influence on broader trends in American culture.” Especially noteworthy is Moran’s focus on gender, region, and race. Laats concludes, “American Genesis makes an important addition to the historical literature on the antievolution impulse.

Among the Creationists

by Jason Rosenhouse
New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 272 pages.

Reviewer Taner Edis describes Among the Creationists as “one of the most readable, interesting, and different books about creationism that has appeared in many years,” praising its “blend of personal observation and probing investigation of scientific and philosophical questions.” He sympathizes with but is wary of the book’s challenge to the view that science and religion are compatible.

Marketing Intelligent Design

by Frank S. Ravitch
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 360 pages.

Reviewer Tim Beazley describes Marketing Intelligent Design as arguing that “the ‘intelligent design’ movement (IDM) is not really a serious attempt to advance a scientific alternative to evolutionary science, but rather a slick marketing plan designed to evade the judicial interpretations of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause that prohibit religious proselytizing in public elementary, middle, and high school science classes.” He concludes, “Overall the book is excellent,” and ver

Evolution, Creationism, and the Battle to Control America’s Classrooms

by Michael Berkman and Eric Plutzer
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 304 pages.

“Natural scientists … often react with disbelief and dismay when they read polls about how many Americans do not believe in human evolution and resist its teaching in public schools. They’re not sure what (if anything) can be done about it in our exceptionally religious-minded society,” writes reviewer George F. Bishop. “But it may take highly capable political scientists, such as Berkman and Plutzer, to pave the way to effective reform by telling us what goes on behind those classroom doors, and why.

No Dinosaurs in Heaven

written, produced, and directed by Greta Schiller
New York: Jezebel Productions, 2011. 53 minutes.

No Dinosaurs in Heaven addresses concerns about who is teaching students what in classrooms across America — a cultural conflict that has been flaring up off and on for decades,” writes reviewer Brandon Haught. While Haught appreciates the two storylines involving NCSE’s rafting trip through the Grand Canyon and Schiller’s own experiences with

Living Large in Nature: A Writer’s Idea of Creationism

by Reg Saner
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010. 136 pages.

Reviewer Lisa H. Sideris explains, “Reg Saner’s book Living Large in Nature ... explores the concept of creation from a writer and nature lover’s perspective.

Creation and Evolution

by Lenn E. Goodman
London: Routledge, 2010; 222 pages

“Writing against both biblical fundamentalists and militant secularists, Goodman hopes to show that religion is no threat to evolution and that Darwinism doesn’t mean that God is dead,” explains reviewer Arthur McCalla.

God vs. Darwin: The War Between Evolution and Creationism in the Classroom

by Mano Singham
Lanham (MD): Rowman & Littlefield, 2009. 192 pages.

Reviewer Stephen P. Weldon recommends God vs. Darwin, but with reservations, for its treatment of the eighty-year history of legal battles over the teaching of evolution in American schools. Weldon praises Singham’s ability to write clearly and succinctly, particularly on the legal issues, but observes that the book is mainly a synthesis, presenting no new research or perspectives.

Evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent Design

by Allene S. Phy-Olsen
Santa Barbara (CA): Greenwood Press, 2010. 171 pages.

Commending the book’s organization and annotated bibliography, reviewer Robert H. Rothman nevertheless complains of “the long and often irrelevant digressions” in the limited space of the book. While the discussion of the Scopes trial is good, Epperson v. Arkansas and Edwards v. Aguillard are not even mentioned, a serious omission. Many of the chapters are unfocused, and the discussion of theistic evolution is not coherently presented.


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