About Creationism

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.

Where Darwin Meets the Bible

by Larry Witham
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.

Evolution vs. Creationism 2nd Edition

by Eugenie C. Scott
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.

Creationism on Trial

by Langdon Gilkey
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. ...

Strange Creations

by Donna Kossy
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.