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Evolution and Religious Creation Myths: How Scientists Respond

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Polls show that 45% of the American public believes that humans were created about 10,000 years ago and that evolution is a fictitious myth. Another 25% believes that changes in the natural world are directed by a supernatural being with a particular goal in mind. This thinking clashes head on with scientific findings from the past 150 years, and there is a dearth of public critical thinking about the natural world within a scientific framework. Evolution and Religious Creation Myths seeks to educate and arm the public on the differences between myth and science, fiction and theory. The book begins with a whirlwind tour of creation stories from several religions. The authors then explore how certain forms of religious fundamentalism clash with the science of evolution. They review how creationists and intelligent design proponents misuse and misrepresent scientific terminology and conclusions to further their own agendas. How do scientists respond to this threat? Modern science, which includes a level of indeterminacy, or chance, cannot support the premise that a supernatural designer engineered nature for a particular purpose in a deterministic fashion. This holds true for the creation of the universe, the appearance of the first biological molecules, chemical evolution, and the evolution of life forms through mutation, natural selection, and genetic drift. Instead, human biological and cultural evolution is described within a genetic framework. Scientists use a barrage of genetic tests and DNA phylogenies to support the scientific basis for evolution. For anyone who has ever needed to argue why evolution and creationism are not both valid theories that deserve equal attention, this book clearly defines the difference between theory and myth. Scientists, teachers, and defenders of the truth should read this book in preparation for when they are called upon to respond.

Table of Contents

Creationism and intelligent design : the evolution of an idea — What is evolutionary biology and where is it coming from? — Creationist purpose and irreducible complexity rebutted — The origins and evolution of homo sapiens — The origins of life and the cosmos as evolutionary themes — Evolution of the DNA world and the chance events that accompanied it : more about complexity — The dangers of creationism.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199717965
Subtitle:
How Scientists Respond
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Author:
Lurquin, Paul F.
Author:
Stone, Linda
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Christian Theology - General
Subject:
Creationism
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Theology | Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Religion & Science
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology - Mythology
Subject:
Religion and Theology | Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Evolution -- Religious aspects.
Subject:
Religion Miscellaneous-Religion and Science
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070706
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
224

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Education » Teaching » Science
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Religion » Western Religions » Social and Political Issues
Religion » World Religions » Religion and Science

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