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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. 344 pages.
In Where Darwin Meets the Bible, Larry Witham provides a lively and anecdotal account of the contemporary creationist/evolution controversy, based on his wide reading and personal interviews with many of the principal players on both the antievolution and the evolution sides. Reviewing the book for Science, Kenneth R. Miller praised Witham for weaving "the isolated elements of the conflict into a fabric that connects the flow of ideas, events, and politics.
Berkeley: UC Press, 2009. 351 pages.
From the publisher: "More than eighty years after the Scopes trial, the debate over teaching evolution continues in spite of the emptiness of the creationist positions. This accessible resource, now completely revised and updated, provides an essential introduction to the ongoing dispute's many facets — the scientific evidence for evolution, the legal and educational basis for its teaching, and the various religious points of view — as well as a concise history of the evolution-creationism controversy.
Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 1998. 232 pages.
Gilkey testified for the plaintiffs in McLean v. Arkansas, the case that challenged the constitutionality of Arkansas's "Balanced treatment for creation-science and evolution-science act" of 1981. In his account of his experiences, Creationism on Trial: Evolution and God at Little Rock (1985), he explained his antipathy to the law: "I came to the conclusion that this law and ones similar to it are ... in fact dangerous to the health of our society; and that through its wide enactment it would represent a disaster to our common life, especially our religious life. ...
Los Angeles: Feral House, 2001. 350 pages.
As the subtitle "Aberrant ideas of human origins from ancient astronauts to aquatic apes" suggests, Strange Creations takes a look at a wide variety of pseudoanthropological views, from the "de-evolution" theory of Oscar Kiss Maerth (which inspired the band Devo) to the theosophical views of the Heaven's Gate cult.
New York: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2006. 228 pages.
From the publisher: "This book places the present Creationist opposition to the theory of evolution in historical context by setting out the ways in which, from the seventeenth century onwards, investigations of the history of the earth and of humanity have challenged the biblical views of chronology and human destiny, and the Christian responses to these challenges.
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007. 165 pages.
In his introductory essay to The Panda's Black Box, the editor writes, "By all means, let us teach the controversy — but not in biology class. We need the tools of the humanities to peel away the rhetoric and the politics, to see what the controversy is really about. We must open the panda's black box." Accordingly, Michael Ruse discusses the argument from design and Edward J. Larson rehearses the legal history of the creationism/evolution controversy, while Scott F.
Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007. 320 pages.
From the publisher: "[T]he evolution versus creation debate never goes away. The best way to understand these debates is to read the arguments of the individuals involved. This reference work provides over 40 of the most important documents to help readers understand the debate in the eyes of the people of the time. Each document is from a major participant in the debates — from the predecessors of Darwin to the judges of the influential court cases of the present day.
Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008. 415 pages.
More than Darwin provides a carefully researched and lavishly illustrated account of over 500 people, places, and organizations that figure prominently in the creationism/evolution controversy, from Adam and Eve to Evelle J. Younger (who, as attorney general of California in 1975, declared that "balanced treatment" acts were unconstitutional). The reviewer for Library Journal wrote, "It is a major source of information on the subject, covering the entire range of topics in the history of the debate. ...
Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio, 2001. 381 pages.
Recounting the legal history of the creationism/evolution debate, from the Scopes trial on, Evolution in the Courtroom also offers extras such as excerpts from key legal documents, a detailed chronology, and profiles of the major players, such as Frank White, the Arkansas governor who signed a "balanced treatment" act without even reading it.
Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2008. 400 pages.
Containing bibliographical data and brief objective descriptions of almost 2000 anti-evolutionist books, pamphlets, and tracts, and with useful biographical data on their authors, Anti-Evolution is invaluable for the serious student of creationism. Writing in Nature, Euan G Nisbet said, "Tom McIver has provided us with a splendid bestiary of anti-evolution ideas. ... It is a fascinating work ...
Voices for Evolution
The third edition of Voices for Evolution can be purchased or downloaded at Lulu.com