Creationism Critiqued

Abusing Science : The Case Against Creationism

by Philip Kitcher
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1983. 213 pages.

In the words of Stephen Jay Gould, "a brilliant book by a gifted scholar." Martin Gardner, writing in Discover, raves, "Abusing Science does more than just explode moldy arguments.... As a philosopher concerned with the way science operates, Kitcher is good at showing how creationists distort Karl Popper's views on scientific method, and how they misuse such books as Thomas Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions." Well-written and understandable even by those with little or no scientific or philosophical background.

Darwinism Defeated? The Johnson-Lamoureux Debate on Biological Origins

by Phillip E Johnson & Denis O Lamoureux
Vancouver, BC: Regent College Publishing, 1999. 180 pages.

Phillip Johnson, the law school professor who has written a series of anti-evolution books beginning with Darwin on Trial squares off against Denis Lamoureux, a University of Alberta theologian and biologist who studies dental development and evolution. In this book, Lamoureux brings his scientific knowledge to bear as he challenges Johnson's views on how Christians ought to respond to the theory of evolution.

Evolution & the Myth of Creationism

by Tim Berra
Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1990. 198 pages.

Praised by Paul R. Ehrlich as "a powerful antidote to those who imagine there is a controversy in the scientific community over evolution", this clear, comprehensive survey describes the theory of evolution and the evidence on which it rests while also answering "arguments against evolution". The closing chapter on "Science, Religion, Politics, Law, and Education" discusses the opposition to evolution and why it must be resisted. Berra, a member of NCSE, is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at the Ohio State University at Mansfield.

Science on Trial: The Case for Evolution

by Douglas J. Futuyma
Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates, 1995. 287 pages.

Michael Ruse describes NCSE Supporter Douglas Futuyma's Science on Trial as "the book to show someone who is worried about the threat of creationism. ... It can be read for pleasure and profit by people at all levels of biological sophistication." Originally published in 1982, Science on Trial was reissued in 1995 with extensive notes bringing it up to date.

Trial and Error, third edition

by Edward J. Larson
New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. 288 pages.

Trial and Error is simply the single most useful resource on the complicated legal history of the creationism/evolution controversy available. "God may have created the universe in six days, but this slender volume evolved over two decades," Larson quips in his preface to its third edition, which he brings up to date with the addition of a chapter on "Mandating evolution: The 1990s and beyond." Writing in The New Republic, the historian of science Daniel J. Kevles comments, "Larson ... ably illuminates the legal and constitutional issues ...

But Is It Science?

edited by Michael Ruse
Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1996. 406 pages.

Prompted by his experience testifying for the plaintiff's side in McLean v Arkansas, the eminent philosopher of biology and NCSE Supporter Michael Ruse assembled But Is It Science?.

Science and Earth History

by Arthur N. Strahler
Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1999. 575 pages.

In his massive Science and Earth History, the distinguished geologist Arthur N. Strahler systematically demolishes not only the geological claims of young-earth creationism but also its claims about cosmology and astronomy, the fossil record, human evolution, and the origin of life, concluding that "the fundamentalist creationist view of the universe, based on the literalist interpretation of the book of Genesis ... constitutes pseudoscience." First published in 1987 and reprinted in 1999 with a new preface.

From Genesis to Genetics: The Case of Evolution and Creationism

by John A. Moore
Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002. 231 pages.

Published in 2001, From Genesis to Genetics lucidly defends the importance of evolution in a sound science education. NCSE Executive Director Eugenie C. Scott writes, "There are few scientists as knowledgeable and clear about how science works, and as thoughtful about the creation and evolution controversy as John A. Moore.