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Chronology of the Evolution–Creationism Controversy

by Randy Moore, Mark Decker, and Sehoya Cotner
Westport (CT): Greenwood Press, 2010. 454 pages.

Calling the Chronology “accessible and endlessly fascinating,” reviewer David A. Reid praises it as “a veritable treasure trove of well-known and less well-known works” and suggests that it will serve students and teachers well, despite its $85 cost. But the text suffers from a degree of repetitiveness, and the authors frequently neglect the historical context of the ideas they consider, discussing them only with respect to future developments.

The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial

by Peter Goodchild
Los Angeles: L.A. Theater Works, 2001. (Audio cassette.)

Based on the original trial transcripts from the Scopes trial, this recording of the radio drama The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial features a bravura performance by Edward Asner as William Jennings Bryan. A reviewer for the Wall Street Journal commented, "the trial itself is heard as it happened, and is all the more dramatic for being true. ... while I doubt it'll change many minds in Harrisburg [where the trial in Kitzmiller v. Dover was then being conducted], or anywhere else, it still makes for a thought-provoking show."

An Evolving Dialogue

edited by James B. Miller
Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 2001. 544 pages.

In the introduction to his anthology, Miller explains that "the articles collected herein provide a basic introduction to contemporary evolutionary biology, provide historical and philosophical perspectives on the relationship between evolutionary biology and religious thought, and consider the intelligent design movements from scientific, philosophical and religious perspectives." Among the contributors who will be familiar to readers of RNCSE are Francisco J. Ayala, Douglas J. Futuyma, Ursula Goodenough, Stephen Jay Gould, John F. Haught, Ernst Mayr, and Kenneth R.

Cult Archaeology & Creationism (expanded edition)

edited by Francis B. Harrold and Raymond A. Eve
Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1995. 187 pages.

In the preface to Cult Archaeology & Creationism, the editors explain "[t]he articles in this book are concerned with pseudoscientific beliefs about the human past. They are not primarily concerned with showing how and why these beliefs are wrong. ... Instead, this book is concerned primarily with two tasks relatively neglected by the scientific community: understanding these beliefs and dealing with them." Contributors include Kenneth L. Feder, Alice B. Kehoe, Laurie Godfrey and John Cole, and Bernard Ortiz de Montellano.

Conjuring Science

by Christopher Toumey
New Brunswick, NJ: Llewellyn, 1996. 197 pages.

The author of God's Own Scientists turns to the role of science in American culture, analyzing episodes of science in American life such as the cold fusion controversy, antievolutionism, mad scientists, and the fluoridation controversy.

Species of Origins

by Karl W. Giberson and Donald A. Yerxa
Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002. 288 pages.

Intended as part as a sequel to Ronald L. Numbers's seminal work, Species of Origins impartially surveys the full spectrum of the creationism/evolution debate, from young-earth creationism and "intelligent design" through theistic evolution to atheistic evolution. Michael Ruse describes it as "a simply invaluable primer on the subject that should be made compulsory reading for all who have ever thought on science-and-religion ...

The Creationists

by Ronald L. Numbers
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006. 606 pages.

Republished in 2006 with additional chapters on the global spread of creationism and the advent of the "intelligent design" movement, Ronald L. Numbers's monumental study remains the preeminent work on the history of creationism, respected by people on both sides of the dispute. "For those interested in the background of the modern revival of creationism, whether evolutionists or creationists," wrote Henry M.

God's Own Scientists: Creationists in a Secular World

by Christopher P. Toumey
New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1994. 289 pages.

God's Own Scientists investigates the anti-evolution movement through the eyes of a cultural anthropologist who spent over five years talking with, studying with, and interviewing creationists. "Creationism has two overriding themes," Toumey concludes, "an unquenched hostility to the idea of evolution, based on the belief that evolution is intimately involved with immorality ... and a quasi-religious awe of science ... so that creationism will be made more credible by the sanctification that supposedly flows from the plenary authority of science." A valuable and insightful study.


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