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Hindu Perspectives on Evolution: Darwin, Dharma, and Design

by C. Mackenzie Brown

New York: Routledge, 2012. 276 pages.

Reviewer David L. Gosling complains that Brown “tries too much to ‘cover the ground’ and resorts to ‘cherry picking’ with respect to certain modern ideas, which include both evolution and design, which he ‘discovers’ in the past,” and he also faults “Brown’s reliance on English-language sources and consequent omission of the voice of ordinary people expressed in local vernaculars,” concluding, “Brown might have done better to consider how Hindu scientists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries viewed and sometimes practiced science in the light of their religious beliefs.”