Evolution and Religion in American Education

by David E. Long
New York: Springer, 2011. 203 pages.

Reviewer Steve Watkins explains, “Much of Long’s research delves, in effect, into a question recently posed by Karl Giberson: ‘Why do tens of millions of Americans prefer to get their science from Ken Ham, founder of the creationist Answers in Genesis, who has no scientific expertise, rather than from his fellow evangelical Francis Collins, current Director of the National Institutes of Health?’ Long’s book provides some important and troubling answers to such questions.” Watkins warns, “A challenge for lay readers of this book is Long’s use of continental philosophy,” but regards his use of phenomenology as “of crucial importance in untangling the tremendous confusion of many American students toward evolution.”