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Evolutionary Theory and the Creation Controversy

by Olivier Rieppel
Berlin: Springer, 2011. 204 pages.

Despite its title, reviewer J. David Archibald notes, Rieppel’s book is “far more about the history and philosophy of science in general and evolutionary biology in particular than about the creationism/evolution controversy.” Evolutionary Theory and the Creation Controversy is best when it “weaves together the history and philosophy of biology” but “weakest and most tedious when he tries too hard to make a philosophical point”—the sections reviewing the strengths and weaknesses of eminent 20th-century philosophers of science are hard going, and certain excursions are “difficult to relate to evolutionary theory” or “could have been presented in a more relevant, straightforward manner.”