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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. Toumey is also the author of Conjuring Science: Scientific Symbols and Cultural Meanings in American Life (New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1996).