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BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS

Evolution, Creationism and Intelligent Design
 

There are literally millions of publicly accessible books, articles and sites on evolution, and far more if you include academic and scientific literature.  The following is an incredibly small sampling of recent readings on evolution, creationism and Intelligent Design.


Evolution & Religion

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Martinez Hewlett, Ted Peters.  Evolution from Creation to New Creation (2004).  Pending comment.

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Paul Kurtz (Editor)Science and Religion: Are they Compatible? (2003).  Paul Kurtz is a well-known secular humanist, so it's little surprise that his answer and that of many of his authors is a resounding "no".  Further comment pending.

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Kenneth Miller.  Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution (2000).  This is an excellent discussion of the conflict between evolution and creationism, and why it has become so volatile.  Mr. Miller makes a strong argument that there is no necessary conflict between science and faith: "The common view that religion must tiptoe around the findings of evolutionary biology is simply and plainly wrong" (p.289).  He also provides a good summary of arguments against Intelligent Design and related challenges to evolutionary biology.

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Michael RuseThe Evolution-Creation Struggle (2005).  This is a somewhat academic but still engaging look at the historical conflict between evolution and Christianity or, rather, between evolutionism and creationism.  Ruse argues that the conflict is simply not necessary, and that we can find a reasonable middle ground between faith and science.  While clearly Christian in his perspectives, Ruse strives not for "weak-kneed compromise but a more informed and self-aware approach to the issue" (p. 288).

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Eugenie ScottEvolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction (2005).  This is an excellent and highly readable overview of the debate, including background and detail on various types of creationism (and there are many.  There is also a good overview of some of the arguments in favor of and rebutting Intelligent Design

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Keith Thomson.  Before Darwin: Reconciling God and Nature (2005).  Pending comment.

Evolution & Natural Selection

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Charles DarwinThe Descent of Man (1871).  Darwin publishes his second book on evolutionary theory, explicitly addressing issues of human development and sexual selection that he had avoided in Origin.  Sexual selection is important as a counter to antievolutionary arguments that some traits (e.g., beauty) could not be explained by the process of natural selection. [+]

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Charles Darwin On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (1859).  This is the book that started it all, but it's not for everyone.  This is a long and painstakingly detailed study of biological development, evolutionary processes, common ancestry, natural selection and more.  Most currently available modern editions of Origin (like the one shown here) are based on the sixth edition, an 1872 version that includes several dated arguments defending evolution against its critics.  Harvard has released a version of the first edition (see below). [+]

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Charles DarwinOn the Origin of Species: A Facsimile of the First Edition (1859).  This is a reprint of the first edition of 1859, excluding arguments Darwin had included in later editions to address contemporary critics.  Most of these arguments are no longer relevant.  More information is available from Harvard (here). [+]

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Richard Dawkins The Selfish Gene (1976).  See also The Blind Watchmaker.  Pending comment. [+]

 

 

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George Hunter A Civic Biology: Presented in Problems (1914).  Pending comment. [+]

 

 

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Richard Morris.  The Evolutionists: The Struggle for Darwin's Soul (2002).  Title aside, this book says almost nothing about religion and faith.  The struggle discussed is that between two types of evolutionary scientists: gradualists and those advocating punctuated equilibrium.  Still, this is worth reading for those interested in the evolution-creationism controversy because antievolutionists will often (wrongly) site this type of internal scientific argument as evidence of evolution's controversial nature.  In truth, none of the scientists involved dispute evolution per se, just the speed and consistency of the process.

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Ian Tattersall.  The Fossil Trail: How We Know What We Think We Know About Human Evolution (1995).  Preeminent anthropologist Dr. Ian Tattersall talks about the origins of evolutionary theory and related fossil discoveries and interpretations.

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Stephen HallDarwin's Rottweiler (Discover Magazine, Sep 2005).  An interesting discussion of whether Richard Dawkin's vehement fight for evolutionism and against creationism does the debate more harm than good.

Creationism

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The Bible.  The biblical story of creation as depicted in Genesis is the basis of most conflict between Christianity and evolutionary science.  This conflict includes not just natural and human evolution, but evolution of the universe, earth and everything else under heaven.  Understanding Genesis, and its relation to other Christian beliefs, is vital to understanding the evolution-creation debate. [+]

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The Scofield Reference Bible (1909).  This innovative and wildly popular Bible includes cross-references to literal biblical timelines.  The Bible introduces many fundamentalists to creationism and Ussher's calendar, which establishes the date of Creation on the evening before October 23, 4004 BC. [+]

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Michael CoreyBack to Darwin: The Scientific Case for Deistic Evolution (1994) Pending comment.

 

 

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John Whitcomb, Henry Morris.  The Genesis Flood: The Biblical Record and its Scientific Implications (1961) This book by John Whitcomb and Henry Morris gives birth to Young Earth Creationism by positing scientific bases for pure biblical creationism.  The book also revives the 17th Century concept of flood geology; the idea that modern geological formations and rock strata were laid down by the Noachian flood—expanding on the work of McCready's New Geology. [+]

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National Academy of Sciences.  Science and Creationism: A View of the National Academy of Sciences (1999)A book reviewing evolutionary science and creationism, and arguing that, "creationism has no place in any science curriculum at any level." (Nov 29, 2005)
 

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James UssherAnnals of the World: James Ussher's Classic Survey of World History (1650 / 2003).  Bishop James Ussher publishes the Annals, using biblical timelines to claim that the earth was created on the evening before October 23, 4004 BC.  Ussher's work is often referenced by Young Earth Creationists, who also believe the earth is now roughly 6,000 years old. [+]
 

Intelligent Design

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Michael Behe Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution (1996).  Professor Behe is one of the foremost advocates of Intelligent Design.  This book argues the concept of irreducible complexity, a supposition that many natural organisms are far too complex to have resulted from natural selection.  Behe's other books and publications can be found (here) on the Access Research Network website. [+]

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Michael Behe, Percival Davis, William Dembski, Dean Kenyon, Jonathan WellsThe Design of Life (200?).  An PENDING update of Pandas and People, the first Intelligent Design textbook targeted at public schools. [+]

 

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Percival Davis, Dean Kenyon, Charles Thaxton:  Of Pandas and People: The Central Question of Biological Origins (1989).  This is a textbook of Intelligent Design targeted at public schools and published by the Foundation for Thought and Ethics.  To address concerns raised in lawsuits that the book was still based on a creationist conception of origins despite the ID packaging, the name of the next (third) edition has been changed to The Design of Life. [+]

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Richard Dawkins Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence of Evolution Reveals a Universe without Design (1996).  Often called Darwin's Rottweiler, Dawkins is one of the loudest voices arguing in favor of pure evolution and against any involvement of God in creation.  Like other atheist naturalists before him, he is outspoken in his opposition to creationism, Intelligent Design and any other role for God in creation.  This book is an explicit rebuttal to the arguments in favor of Intelligent Design. [+]

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William Dembski, Stephen Meyer (Editor).  Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe (2000) Pending comment.

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Michael Denton.  Evolution: A Theory in Crisis (1986) Pending comment.

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Barbara Forrest, Paul Gross.  Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design (2004) Pending comment.

 

 

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Phillip Johnson.  Darwin on Trial (1991) University of California, Berkeley law professor Phillip Johnson challenges evolutionary theory as a "creation myth" and posits evidence of design in natureestablishing himself as the father of the modern Intelligent Design movement and theory. [+]

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Alister McGrath.  Dawkin's God: Genes, Memes and the Meaning of Life (2004) Pending comment.

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David Quammen.  Was Darwin Wrong? (November 2004).  Preeminent nature and travel writer Quammen takes on the claims of Intelligent Design.

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Lee Strobel.  The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence that Points Toward God (2004)While advocates of Intelligent Design claim that the "Designer" is not necessarily God, Lee Strobel (among many others) uses some of the exact same arguments -- with specific reference to Behe and Dembski -- to make his case for Christianity.

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Jonathan Wells, Jody Sjogren (Illustrator).  Icons of Evolution: Science or Myth? (2000).  Comment pending [+]

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Matt Young, Taner Edis (Editors).  Why Intelligent Design Fails: A Scientific Critique of the New Creationism (2004) Pending comment.  [+]

 


Notes


All book graphics on this page are from Barnes and Noble online (www.barnesandnoble.com), unless otherwise noted.  In appreciation for this, all links to purchase books listed here are to the Barnes and Noble site.  All Viewpoints receives no compensation for this link or any resulting purchases.

The "Was Darwin Wrong?" article is from National Geographic Magazine, as is the cover graphic.
 

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