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  1. Species of Origins: America's Search for a Creation Story (American Intellectual Culture)
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  2. Species of Origins: America's Search for a Creation Story (American Intellectual Culture)

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In Species of Origins, Karl W. Giberson and Donald A. Yerxa examine America's controversial conversation about creation and evolution. While noting that part of the discord stems from the growing cultural and religious diversity of the United States, they argue powerfully that the real issue is the headlong confrontation between two seemingly incompatible worldviews upon which millions of Americans rely: modern naturalistic science and traditional Judeo-Christian religions.

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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This is a must-read in its field. The authors thoroughly present each viewpoint as seen by its adherents, making it possible for the reader to imagine what it might be like to know of no alternatives. This includes the simplistic extremes of scientific creationism, in which the earth is created in 6 days with an initial "appearance of history" in an Eden complete with belly buttons and tree rings, and naturalistic materialism, in which miracles, meaning events not merely novel but inexplicable in principle, never occur. And then there is "the muddle in the middle," the attempted compromises that "are, in their simplest form, contradictory."

But, nonpolemical intent notwithstanding, in the end the authors, professors of physics and history respectively at conservative Eastern Nazarene College, betray their bias. This occurs first when they "whimsically" adopt "the perspective of traditional religious believers" by applying to popularizers of science the pejorative label... Read more
I wasn't expecting much from this little-heard-of book, but I was pleasantly surprised. It is articulately written, and bubbles with an eagerness about its topic. Whether you know nothing about the origins debate in the United States, or have done much research already, this book will surely be one to hang onto. The conflicting opinions are laid out in a very easy-to-read fashion without leaving off the details, which provides a fresh look into this often murky clash. The authors have also placed at the end of each chapter a swath of resources that allow an interested reader to investigate further.

The only complaint I have about the book is that in the notes at the end of the chapter, the authors often provide paragraphs of useful information. I found myself flipping back and forth between the notes and various spots in the chapter after I had finished reading it, which got a little tedious. I have no clue why they didn't move the info from the notes into the body of the... Read more
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