From Publishers Weekly
Pious charlatans, firebrand demagogues and scientific cranks stalk the pages of this scholarly, thoroughgoing, at times plodding history of the modern revival of creationism. Unlike 19th-century creationists, who rejected Darwinian evolution but acknowledged that life on earth has spanned millions of years, today's creationists believe that God made woman and man in a single act of creation within the last 10,000 years. They draw inspiration for their beliefs from George McCready Price, a Seventh-day Adventist who in the 1920s pioneered "flood geology," which traces most fossils back to Noah's flood and its aftermath. Numbers, a professor of the history of science at the University of Wisconsin, unravels the tangled religious roots of creationism. His evenhanded treatment incorporates a quietly devastating critique of the modern creationist movement and its efforts to influence school curricula. He reveals creationists to be a divided and contentious lot, squabbling fiercely with one another. Illustrated.
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"A classic history of a movement." -- Robert Bruce Mullin, Christian Century
"In this monumental history of the young-Earth movement, there is no bitterness or cynicism. Rather [Numbers] tells the story with remarkable even- handedness. . . . This marvellously detailed, engagingly told and sometimes astonishing history has the intrigue of a Chaim Potok novel." -- George M. Marsden, Nature
"Informative and rewarding . . . a chronicle derived from Numbers's prodigious research and his goal of giving the creationists their full story." -- J. David Hoeveler, Jr., Science
"Numbers has meticulously reconstructed the careers and the relations of the heroes of creationism men largely unknown in research universities but vastly influential in seminaries, study groups and Sunday schools around the United States." -- Anthony Grafton, The New Republic
"[An] excellently thorough study." -- Stephen R. L. Clark, New York Times Book Review