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Creation and the Courts (With Never Before Published Testimony from the "Scopes II" Trial): Eighty Years of Conflict in the Classroom and the Courtroom Paperback – April 23, 2007

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (April 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581348363
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581348361
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,495,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Norman Geisler has always been a 'trail-blazer' for people who want to speak out about their faith, and Creation and the Courts blazes a trail into the truth of creation vs. evolution. Through his firsthand personal experience in the 'Scopes II' trial and his exhaustive research into other similar trials, Geisler will draw you into the world of our legal system, better preparing you to address issues of creation and evolution."
Josh McDowell, author and speaker

"As both an eyewitness in the courtroom and a highly respected scholar in the classroom, Norman Geisler provides a unique perspective to one of the most critical discussions of our time. From the Scopes trial to the recent Dover case, Geisler summarizes and counters the often unexamined assumptions left in their wake. This is an invaluable resource on the subject, and I enthusiastically recommend it."
Ravi Zacharias, Founder and President, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries; author, Jesus Among Other Gods

"The concept of intelligent design is being debated by jurists and scientists as well as the media. Norman Geisler's Creation and the Courts adds to those discussions the important perspective of a philosopher, theologian, and biblical scholar. Of all the superb monographs written by Geisler, this one may be the most important. Every pastor and theologian should read this volume this year."
Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Norman Geisler has provided a compilation and commentary on the issue of evolution, public education, and the courts that will serve as an important resource for decades to come. Dr. Geisler convincingly shows that much of the debate over this issue is a jurisprudential mess resulting from philosophically confused though well-meaning scientists and jurists. He offers just the sort of clarity this debate requires."
Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, Baylor University; author of Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice

About the Author

Norman L. Geisler is author or coauthor of some sixty books, including The Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics and his four-volume Systematic Theology. He has taught at the university and graduate level for nearly forty years and has spoken or debated in all fifty states and in twenty-five countries. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Loyola University and now serves as president of Southern Evangelical Seminary.

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Norman Geisler (PhD, Loyola University) is president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and author or coauthor of over fifty books including Decide for Yourself, Baker's Encyclopedia of Apologetics, and When Skeptics Ask.

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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. Lowe on January 17, 2009
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I purchased this book as a gift. As such, I have not read it in its entirety. I DID "spot read" some of the contents prior to giving it and was very impressed with Dr. Geisler's documentation. It appears to be an excellent reference guide for all mature readers....but especially for people like myself who are involved in 'Christian apologetics'. Living in the current environment of Liberal influenced media, it is advisable to secure your information from and thru credible sources and, from what I read, I feel that Dr. Geisler is very worthy of such trust. I cannot honestly give this book the rating it deserves...since I was unable to read it all the way through. Thus, regretfully, I must limit my personal rating to three (3) stars, but am rather confident that it deserves a much higher rating.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jape55 on November 17, 2007
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Dr. Geisler very thoroughly explains the creation/evolution debate as it actually played out in the courts, vs. how it has been explained by the inflammatory headlines and stories in the major news outlets, and by activist atheists with straw man arguments against the "religious fundamentalists waging war on science."
One very interesting thing I learned was that Dr. Geisler's critical and ACLU-demolishing testimony to the court in the 1981 Arkansas/McLean trial wasn't even transcribed until AFTER the Supreme Court ruled on the issue. The transcription was sent to Dr. Geisler for his signature five years afterward. I'd love to hear the real reason for that.
No matter what side you take on the issue, Geisler makes very good sense and very important points that must be addressed when considering whether schools should be allowed to teach about the possibility of a creator. Carl Sagan stating that "The universe is all there is, all there was and all there ever will be" on video tape before a class full of kids is every bit as much of a religious statement as "I believe in the God of the bible." Science cannot tell us all that ever was is, or (especially) ever will be. But the concept of a first cause for an event like the Big Bang is logical and sound reasoning.
Geisler points out that believing that a creator exists or existed is not in itself religion. Only when you commit yourself to believing in a specific ultimate (like the God of the bible) does it become religion.
Before you make any judgements against that concept, please read it in his words. He is a much better writer than I am.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Professor on January 8, 2011
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This book fills in a critical gap in the literature on creation-evolution court trials. Most books on this topic are clearly biased against the theists' worldview and as a result leave out much important information. For example, the real death threats against the supporters of intelligent design. Dr. Geisler, the author or coauthor of over 50 books, many on the creation-evolution issue, also does an excellent job reviewing the Scopes trial, documenting how greatly our courts and society have changed since 1925. One example is more prayer occurred in the trial then in most modern church services. Because Geisler was an active participant in several of the creation trials, he speaks with both authority and knowledge. Parts of the testimony unavailable until recently were added to the book which shed much light on the problem. In short the courts have consistently ruled information and ideas against Christianity and creation or intelligent design can freely be presented in public school classrooms as such is not religious, but any information in favor of Christianity and creation or intelligent design is religion and for this reason can not be taught. The result is one sided indoctrination of the worst sort. Either ban both sides or allow both sides of the topic. As it is we have an official state religion, and it is not a theistic religion. Professor Geisler spends 400 pages documenting, with hundreds of references, this brief summary here.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 11, 2007
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I have always liked Norman Geisler's work. He's one of the best apologetic writers, along with theology writers, out there in the field today. I believe this book is important for every Christian to read because hopefully it will be a wake up call to all Christians. By the use of the liberal orientated (i.e. anti-Christian) courtrooms across the United States, along with the liberal oriented (again, i.e., anti-Christian) organizations like the ACLU, the liberal/humanist (same thing really) groups have been attacking in hopes of destroying Christianity. Evolution is one of their main weapons. Evolution is a haphazard jumble of theories and speculations. Evolution has no firm ground because it wouldn't even be able to stand upon a rock as it has absolutely no balance to it. And though there are many Christians who call themselves theistic Evolutionists (i.e. Christians who believe in evolution), the majority of evolution rests in the hands of those who want to try to silence and try to destroy anyone who professes themselves as Christians. Thus the importance of this book, showing how by the way of the courtroom, the humanist liberals (which are the powerhouse to the fanatical liberals) are seeking to do any sort of harm toward Christians. And thus evolution is the key. Creation science is important. Creation science is more than just faith in God through Christ. Creation science, the idea that there is a First Cause, a hand in the process of the construction of the universe and our own creation as human beings (and mind you I come to this as a Old Earth theologian), is important and should have an equal opportunity to be heard. That is why this book is important. You need to read this work. You need to see what is being done toward Christians in this so called "land of the free.Read more ›
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