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Tower of Babel: The Evidence Against the New Creationism (Bradford Books)

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Creationism is no longer the simple notion it once was taken to be. Its new advocates have become more sophisticated in how they present their views, speaking of "intelligent design" rather than "creation science" and aiming their arguments against the naturalistic philosophical method that underlies science, proposing to replace it with a "theistic science." The creationism controversy is not just about the status of Darwinian evolution — it is a clash of religious and philosophical worldviews, for a common underlying fear among Creationists is that evolution undermines both the basis of morality as they understand it and the possibility of purpose in life.

In Tower of Babel, philosopher Robert T. Pennock compares the views of the new creationists with those of the old and reveals the insubstantiality of their arguments. One of Pennock's major innovations is to turn from biological evolution to the less charged subject of linguistic evolution, which has strong theoretical parallels with biological evolution, both in content and in the sort of evidence scientists use to draw conclusions about origins. Of course, an evolutionary view of language does conflict with the Bible, which says that God created the variety of languages at one time as punishment for the Tower of Babel.

Several chapters deal with the work of Phillip Johnson, a highly influential leader of the new Creationists. Against his and other views, Pennock explains how science uses naturalism and discusses the relationship between factual and moral issues in the creationism-evolution controversy. The book also includes a discussion of Darwin's own shift from creationist to evolutionist and an extended argument for keeping private religious beliefs separate from public scientific knowledge.

Synopsis:

In Tower of Babel, philosopher Robert Pennock compares the views of the new creationists with those of the old and reveals the insubstantiality of their arguments. One of Pennock's major innovations is to turn from biological evolution to the less-charged subject of linguistic evolution, which has strong theoretical parallels with biological evolution both in content and in the sort of evidence scientists use to draw conclusions about origins Several chapters deal with the work of Phillip Johnson, a highly influential leader of the new creationists. Pennock explains how science uses naturalism and discusses the relationship between factual and moral issues in the creationism-evolution controversy. The book also includes a discussion of Darwin's own shift from creationist to evolutionist and an extended argument for keeping private religious beliefs separate from public scientific knowledge.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [399]-411) and index.

About the Author

Robert T. Pennock is Associate Professor at the Lyman Briggs School and in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University.

Table of Contents

Creation and evolution of a controversy — The evidence for evolution — The tower of Babel — Of naturalism and negativity — Chariots of the gods — Deus ex machina — Burning science at the stake — Babel in the schools.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780262661652
Author:
Pennock, Robert T.
Publisher:
Bradford Book
Author:
Pennock, Robert T.
Location:
Cambridge, Mass. ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Science
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Religion and science
Subject:
Evolution - Human
Subject:
Creationism
Subject:
Theology - Cosmology
Subject:
Historical linguistics
Subject:
Christianity - Theology - Cosmology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution - Human
Subject:
Christian Theology - Cosmology
Subject:
Science -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Evolution (Biology)
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st MIT pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Tower of Babel
Series Volume:
97-749
Publication Date:
20000231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
451
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.3 lb

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"Synopsis" by , In Tower of Babel, philosopher Robert Pennock compares the views of the new creationists with those of the old and reveals the insubstantiality of their arguments. One of Pennock's major innovations is to turn from biological evolution to the less-charged subject of linguistic evolution, which has strong theoretical parallels with biological evolution both in content and in the sort of evidence scientists use to draw conclusions about origins Several chapters deal with the work of Phillip Johnson, a highly influential leader of the new creationists. Pennock explains how science uses naturalism and discusses the relationship between factual and moral issues in the creationism-evolution controversy. The book also includes a discussion of Darwin's own shift from creationist to evolutionist and an extended argument for keeping private religious beliefs separate from public scientific knowledge.
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