Creationism Critiqued

Evolution and Creationism: A Very Short Guide, second edition

by Warren D. Allmon
Ithaca (NY): Paleontological Research Institution, 2009. 128 pages.

“When the Paleontological Research Institution opened its Museum of the Earth in 2003, its director Warren Allmon realized that the floor educators and volunteer docents needed accessible, accurate, and current information on evolution. This volume updates the original, in terms of both new scientific advances and external legal and social events,” writes reviewer Robert “Mac” West.

Among the Creationists

by Jason Rosenhouse
New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 272 pages.

Reviewer Taner Edis describes Among the Creationists as “one of the most readable, interesting, and different books about creationism that has appeared in many years,” praising its “blend of personal observation and probing investigation of scientific and philosophical questions.” He sympathizes with but is wary of the book’s challenge to the view that science and religion are compatible.

Marketing Intelligent Design

by Frank S. Ravitch
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 360 pages.

Reviewer Tim Beazley describes Marketing Intelligent Design as arguing that “the ‘intelligent design’ movement (IDM) is not really a serious attempt to advance a scientific alternative to evolutionary science, but rather a slick marketing plan designed to evade the judicial interpretations of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause that prohibit religious proselytizing in public elementary, middle, and high school science classes.” He concludes, “Overall the book is excellent,” and ver

No Dinosaurs in Heaven

written, produced, and directed by Greta Schiller
New York: Jezebel Productions, 2011. 53 minutes.

No Dinosaurs in Heaven addresses concerns about who is teaching students what in classrooms across America — a cultural conflict that has been flaring up off and on for decades,” writes reviewer Brandon Haught. While Haught appreciates the two storylines involving NCSE’s rafting trip through the Grand Canyon and Schiller’s own experiences with

Inside the Human Genome: The Case for Non-Intelligent Design

by John C. Avise
New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. 240 pages.

Avise’s book highlights the baroque, redundant, and inefficient features of the human genome: “None of this is easily explained by actions of either a loving and merciful God or of an unnamed but highly competent Designer,” reviewers Arcady Mushegian and Eric Kessler comment. They add, “Avise’s account is concise but rich in historic and medical detail, and the prose is elegant and lucid.

The Prism and the Rainbow

by Joel W. Martin
Baltimore (MD): The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010. 170 pages.

Apparently taking students in high school or college as his primary audience, Martin is concerned to argue that there is no incompatibility in acceptance of evolution and belief in God. Reviewer Matt Young appreciates the defense of science, although he finds the discussion of science and faith inconsistent and the discussion of “theory” slightly muddled.

Am I a Monkey? Six Big Questions about Evolution

by Francisco J. Ayala
Baltimore (MD): The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010. 104 pages.

Ayala is eminently qualified to write such a book, reviewer Joel W. Martin observes, especially because of his irenic attitude toward faith. The book is “well-written, accurate, and concise, and it covers the main points of biological evolution likely to be questioned by non-specialists,” although two of the questions Ayala addresses (What is DNA? and How Did Life Begin?) strike Martin as somewhat out of place.

Why Evolution Works (and Creationism Fails)

by Matt Young and Paul K. Strode
New Brunswick (NJ): Rutgers University Press, 2009. 224 pages.

Reviewer Mike Klymkowsky writes that this book aimed at clarifying what distinguishes science from non-science succeeds overall, and would be suitable as a textbook for “courses that compare and contrast scientific and non-scientific approaches to biological questions.” Klymkowsky appreciated the broad range of examples of evolution’s explanatory power as well as the writing style, which he describes as “largely jargon-free and accessible,” but noted a few errors of fact and regrets a “relativ

The Darwin Legend

by James R. Moore
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Group, 1994. 218 pages.

Did Darwin recant evolution on his deathbed, telling Lady Hope, "How I wish I had not expressed my theory of evolution as I have done"? No — yet the legend continues to circulate among creationists. In his monograph, Moore judiciously assessed the evidence for the story and pondered its significance, arguing that it is important to understand Darwin and his religious development on their own terms.

But Is It Science? updated edition

edited by Robert T. Pennock and Michael Ruse
Amherst (NY): Prometheus Books, 2009. 577 pages.

Part of the controversy over the Origin of Species was whether Darwin's theory was properly scientific, and part of the ongoing controversies over creation science and "intelligent design" is whether these views are properly scientific. But Is It Science? thus tackles the philosophical question in the creation/evolution controversy. The editors, NCSE Supporter Michael Ruse and NCSE member Robert T. Pennock, testified on the nature of science in McLean v. Arkansas and Kitzmiller v. Dover, respectively.