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Creationism's Trojan Horseby Barbara Forrest
Synopses & Reviews
This carefully documented expose of the Intelligent Design (ID) movement contributed to the stunning victory in Federal court of eleven Dover, PA, parents who recognized ID's threat to public education and religious freedom. Now in paperback, here is Forrest and Gross's influential work
documenting the continuity of intelligent design with traditional creationism. The new text updates ID initiatives in Kansas and Ohio and the movement's shifting strategies in an attempt to remain viable after its legal undoing in federal court.
Anyone who values science and the benefits of life in an enlightened society should know about the Wedge's political, cultural, and religious ambitions. With a new foreword by Barry Lynn, this updated edition is an essential guide to ID's continuing threat to public education and the separation of
church and state. It is the book to turn to for an inside look at the claims and operations of the ID movement, the most recent manifestation of American creationism.
Book News Annotation:
Describing the purveyors of intelligent design theory as pushing an "intellectual seduction phenomenon," Forrest (philosophy, Southeastern U.) and Gross (a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences) describe the educational agenda of neo-creationists intent on overthrowing "the system of rules and procedures of modern science" and its "naturalistic methodology" with theistic science. Taking the title of their book from a report released in the creationist Access Research Network website, they describe how the Wedge's strategy is to change public school curricula by replacing the teaching of evolution with the creationist idea of intelligent design. They further link the intelligent design movement to the U.S.'s extreme religious right.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. -381) and index.
Forrest and Gross expose the scientific failure, the religious essence, and the political ambitions of "intelligent design" creationism. They examine the movement's "Wedge Strategy," which has advanced and is succeeding through public relations rather than through scientific research. Analyzing the content and character of "intelligent design theory," they highlight its threat to public education and to the separation of church and state.
About the Author
Barbara Forrest is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of History and Political Science at Southeastern Louisiana University. She was a key witness for the prosecution in the recent highly publicized trial in Pennsylvania, where the judge banned the teaching of Intelligent Design in science classrooms. Paul R. Gross is University Professor of Life Sciences Emeritus at the University of Virginia.
Table of Contents
1. How the Wedge Began
2. The Wedge Document: A Design for Design
3. Searching for Science
4. Paleontology Lite and Copernican Discoveries
5. A Conspiracy Hunter and a Newton
6. Everything Except Science I
7. Everything Except Science II
8. Wedging Into Power Politics
9. Religion First - and Last
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