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Scientists Confront Creationism Paperback – April 17, 1984
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As other reviewers have noted, some of the articles in this volume get quite technical. Nonetheless, readers are treated to a feast of information that annihalates some of the most common creationist arguments. This book was written in 1984, around the time of great creationist upheaval. It served its purposes quite well, however readers should be aware that much has changed in the creationist arsenal and it may be wise to examine some of the latest offerings debunking creationist claptrap i.e. _Tower of Babel: The Evidence Against the New Creationism_. Having said this, the current book should still be considered as an authoritative book when dealing with the Creation-Evolution phenomenon.
The editor of this collection of 15 essays, Laurie R. Godfrey, also contributed the essay, "Scientific Creationism: The Art of Distortion," in a similar book, Science and Creationism (New York: Oxford UP, 1984), that was edited by Ashley Montagu. Godfrey is a professor of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University. The relatively successful lobbying of creationists compelled the generation of books of this kind.
In Epperson v. Arkansas (1968), for example, the Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional Arkansas' 1928 statute making the teaching of evolution unlawful. Thus, the eventual failure of creationists to censor evolution from public schools via legislation resulted in efforts to mandate "equal time" in science curricula for creationism. However, District Court of Arkansas Judge Overton, in a well-written ruling, struck down as unconstitutional an "equal time" law in McLean v. Arkansas (1982). The Supreme Court also struck down a Louisiana "equal-time" law in Edwards v. Aguillard (1987), four years after the publication of this book. In addition to activism via litigation and legislation, creationists specialize in knocking down straw-man versions of science.
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It includes chapters the history of creationism and the Scopes trial and then has chapters written by different scientists discussing various creationists claims. The writing style varies of course from chapter to chapter and some are easier to read than others. Each chapter does a fairly good job of refuting and debunking creationism. The best part of this book is the references found at the end of each chapter. This is where the real wealth of information is at and allows anyone to research the scientific data themselves and easily debunk creationism.
The next to last chapter was my favorite where it compared the psuedosciences of creationism to people who believe the Earth is flat (yes there are some people who still believe this). It listed quotes and tactics of the two groups and the similarities were amazing. Psuedoscience is psuedoscience no matter how normal or rediculous it sounds.
The last chapter gives the real message of this book. Creationism does not belong in the science classroom. It is theological not scientific and either 1) belongs in churches and homes or 2) belongs in a comparative religion class along with other creation myths.
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this was written to refute the concept of creationism and does a great job in stating facts- not the religious babble and states how and why really is reality not 'mysticism' a... Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by Laurie M. Dula
At the time this book was published in 1983, Laurie Godfrey taught anthropology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; she is also the co-author of Scientists Confront... Read morePublished on May 6, 2013 by Steven H Propp
Scientists Confront Creationism (1983) is out-of-date. A better selection would be the following book (2008) by the same editor:
Scientists Confront Creationism:... Read more
This is probably a great book for anyone who knows little of the debate! If you think all creationists believe the earth is 6k years old, then this book will help you live in a... Read morePublished on November 3, 2007 by Brad Turnbow
This book is an excellent resource that helps get to the bottom of the fallacious reasoning of the psuedo-science movement (the creationist movement in particular). Read morePublished on May 24, 2006 by Joe E. Holman
I find it fascinating how often members of both sides of the evolution-creation argument accuse each other of some kind of questionable practice - whilst doing exactly the same... Read morePublished on March 4, 2006 by Eric
Martin Gardner wrote: "This scholarly, richly documented anthology is also a slashing, two fisted attack on the scientific imbilicity of today's creationists. (... Read morePublished on December 26, 2005 by Benjamin Rossen
I read this book almost 20 years ago now and found it utterly convincing. You will quickly notice that the arguments against this book won't come from a scientific viewpoint but... Read morePublished on July 16, 2003 by Michael Harris
This collection of essays is somewhat technical, but it represents conclusive, mainstream scientific responses to well-worn creationist arguments. Read morePublished on June 24, 2003 by Michael White