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The Creation-Evolution Debate: Historical Perspectives (George H. Shriver Lecture Series in Religion in American History) Paperback – June 15, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: George H. Shriver Lecture Series in Religion in American History (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press; Pbk. Ed edition (June 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820331066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820331065
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,562,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"In these sprightly lectures the distinguished historian of science Larson introduces us to the nineteenth-century debates over Darwinism, the Scopes trial, the rising tide of 'Intelligent Design,' and the declining beliefs of scientists. If you don't have the time or inclination to read the shelves of works on these topics, this excellent little book is your salvation."—Ronald L. Numbers, University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School

"Ever since Darwin published his Origin of Species in 1859, the battle over evolution has engaged churchmen and scientists alike, both pro and con. With deft and concise strokes Larson limns this fraught scene. Here the skills of a legal scholar and Pulitzer Prize-winning author are combined to bring historical context and clarity to an issue that still rends our national fabric."—Owen Gingerich, author of God's Universe

"[A] handy and timely volume . . . Designed for a broad audience . . . the writing is lucid and concise, and a general reader could easily finish it in a short afternoon in a comfy chair or a long commute on an uncomfortable train. . . . Engaging, compelling, and insightful . . . A dandy fifty-five page sketch to the debates . . . It is an excellent choice for general readers interested in a brief overview of the subject."—Journal of Southern Religion

About the Author

Edward J. Larson is University Professor in history and holds the Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University and retains a professorial appointment at the University of Georgia, where he has taught for twenty years. His many books include Summer for the Gods, winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History. Larson's articles have appeared in such publications as Nature, Atlantic Monthly, Scientific American, and the Wall Street Journal.

More About the Author

Edward J. Larson is the author of seven books and the recipient of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History for his book Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion. His other books include Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory; Evolution's Workshop; God and Science on the Galapagos Islands; and Trial and Error: The American Controversy Over Creation and Evolution. Larson has also written over one hundred articles, most of which address topics of law, science, or politics from an historical perspective, which have appeared in such varied journals as The Atlantic, Nature, Scientific American, The Nation, The Wilson Quarterly, and Virginia Law Review. He is a professor of history and law at Pepperdine University and lives in Georgia and California.

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