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|ISBN:||0805083065 : 9780805083064|
|Notes:||Originally published: Times Books, 2006.|
|Description:||199 p. ; 21 cm.|
|Contents:||Prologue. Why evolution matters --
1. The facts of evolution --
2. Why people do not accept evolution --
3. In search of the designer --
4. Debating intelligent design --
5. Science under attack --
6. The real agenda --
7. Why science cannot contradict religion --
8. Why Christians and conservatives should accept evolution --
9. The real unsolved problems in evolution --
Epilogue. Why science matters --
Coda. Genesis revisited.
Science is on the defensive. Half of Americans reject the theory of evolution and "Intelligent Design" campaigns are gaining ground. Classroom by classroom, creationism is overthrowing biology. Cutting the politics away from the facts, skeptic Shermer explains how the newest brand of creationism appeals to our predisposition to look for a designer behind life's complexity. Shermer decodes the scientific evidence to show that evolution is not "just a theory" and illustrates how it achieves the design of life through the bottom-up process of natural selection. Shermer, once an evangelical Christian and a creationist, argues that Intelligent Design proponents are invoking a combination of bad science, political antipathy, and flawed theology. He refutes their arguments and then demonstrates why conservatives and people of faith can and should embrace evolution. He then appraises the evolutionary questions that truly need to be settled, building a powerful argument for science itself.--From publisher description.
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