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God vs. Darwin: The War Between Evolution and Creationism in the Classroom

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In God vs. Darwin, Mano Singham dissects the legal battle between evolution and creationism in the classroom beginning with the Scopes Monkey trial in 1925 and ending with an intelligent design trial in Dover, Pennsylvania, in 2005. A publicity stunt, the Scopes Monkey trial had less to do with legal precedence than with generating tourism dollars for a rural Tennessee tow ...more
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Published June 1st 2010 by R & L Education (first published November 16th 2009)
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Patrick
Mano Singham, a theoretical nuclear physicist and religious agnostic, has for several years been an outspoken critic of creationism and intelligent design. This book traces the major events of the creation-evolution conflicts in America’s public schools over the past century. Most of his book is merely a summary of what Edward Larson has already written in Summer for the Gods and Trial and Error, although there are a few segments in which he goes beyond Larson to expand on some of the legal ques ...more
Marie
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A clear and straightforward history of the debate over teaching Evolution in US schools, from the early days of separation of church and state to the Dover Intelligent Design case in 2006. Mano is a clear and compassionate writer who can break down complex ideas beautifully.

John
Jul 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This extremely readable book surveys the legal battles that have taken place in the US as various agencies of the devout have attempted, despite the First Amendment, to get the teaching of the Creationist fantasy into the public schools either in place of or alongside the theory of evolution by natural selection -- Darwinism, to use the slightly misleading shorthand. Although there are introductory chapters discussing the reception Darwin's dangerous idea got in the US, both initially and after ...more
Todd
Pretty quick read.

Great legal history. Not much science.

It's intriguing to see all the ways people have fought against evolution. I'd recommend the book to anyone who wanted to know why Creationism isn't and shouldn't be taught in schools.

The author stays fairly neutral for the whole book, but he does have a killer ending line. Religious theories don't overthrow scientific theories. Better scientific theories overthrow scientific theories.
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A fascinating read about creationism versus evolutionism in American courts.
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I am a theoretical physicist and currently Director of UCITE (University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education) at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. I am the author of three books: God vs. Darwin: The War Between bookcover blog.tif Evolution and Creationism in the Classroom (2009), The Achievement Gap in US education: Canaries in the Mine (2005), and Quest for Truth: Sc ...more

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