From Genesis to Genetics: The Case of Evolution and Creationism

From Genesis to Genetics: The Case of Evolution and Creationism

From Genesis to Genetics: The Case of Evolution and Creationism

From Genesis to Genetics: The Case of Evolution and Creationism

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The clash between evolution and creationism is one of the most hotly contested topics in education today. This book, written by one of America's most distinguished science educators, provides essential background information on this difficult and important controversy. Giving a sweeping and balanced historical look at both schools of thought, John A. Moore shows that faith can exist alongside science, that both are essential to human happiness and fulfillment, but that we must support the teaching of science and the scientific method in our nation's schools. This highly informative book will be an invaluable aid for parents, teachers, and lawmakers, as well as for anyone who wants a better understanding of this debate. From Genesis to Genetics shows us why we must free both science and religion to do the good work for which each is uniquely qualified.

Using accessible language, Moore describes in depth these two schools of thought. He begins with an analysis of the Genesis story, examines other ancient creation myths, and provides a nuanced discussion of the history of biblical interpretation. After looking at the tenets and historical context of creationism, he presents the history of evolutionary thought, explaining how it was developed, what it means, and why it is such a powerful theory. Moore goes on to discuss the relationship of nineteenth-century religion to Darwinism, examine the historic Scopes trial, and take us up to the current controversy over

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Of the three major conflicts between science and religion, two have already been settled. It is now generally accepted that the Earth is round, not flat, and that the Earth revolves around the sun, rather than the sun circling the Earth. The third major conflict concerns origins—the origins of the universe, the Earth, and all its living creatures. In Western culture until the middle of the nineteenth century the answer to the question of origins was divine creation as described in Genesis, the first book of the Judeo-Christian Bible. This explanation had satisfied most people in the West since the waning days of the Roman Empire.

But in 1859, with the publication of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, an alternative explanation for the origin of life's diversity appeared, and this new view of life threw Western thought into a tailspin. Darwin proposed that the many different kinds of plants and animals we see around us have not been immutable since the beginning of time. Instead, they have changed dramatically as the environment has changed, dividing again and again into new species that fill new niches, until—over vast periods of time—a huge number of different species has come into being. Darwin called this process evolution.

The Origin immediately evoked an outcry in Darwin's own Great . . .

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