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Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul

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What should we teach our children about where we come from?

Is evolution good science? Is it a lie? Is it incompatible with faith?

Did Charles Darwin really say man came from monkeys? Have scientists really detected intelligent design — evidence of a creator — in nature?

What happens when a town school board decides to confront such questions head-on, thrusting its students, then an entire community, onto the front lines of America's culture wars?

From bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes comes a dramatic story of faith, science, and courage unlike any since the famous Scopes Monkey Trial. Monkey Girl takes you behind the scenes of the recent war on evolution in Dover, Pennsylvania, the epic court case on teaching intelligent design it spawned, and the national struggle over what Americans believe about human origins.

Told from the perspectives of all sides of the battle, Monkey Girl is about what happens when science and religion collide.

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"What's in a name? For supporters of the theory of 'intelligent design' (ID), a great deal. They argue that the complexity of our universe is best understood as the result of an intelligent cause rather than the undirected process of natural selection described by Charles Darwin, and they want to see this taught in public school science classes. ID is not religious, they argue; it is simply scientific.... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"An illuminating blend of science, religion and politics." Kirkus Reviews

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"Humes is a good storyteller, and Monkey Girl (the title refers to the epithet schoolmates hurled at the daughter of one of the board's opponents) is full of vivid descriptions and interesting facts." Los Angeles Times

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"Humes...may be the most successful so far in making a complicated issue accessible and in putting human faces on both sides of the evolution divide." Chicago Tribune

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"A must read for anyone who cares about science, education, and liberty." Michael Shermer, author of Why Darwin Matters

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If the conflicts about evolution and the teaching of human origins are to continue, says Humes, let the combatants be armed with fact not fiction. He begins with a brief summary of 2004 events in Dover, Pennsylvania, then sets out the tenets of evolution theory and the objections to it in non-technical language and an informal style. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Edward Humes is the author of eight critically acclaimed nonfiction books, including Mississippi Mud, School of Dreams, and Over Here. A recipient of a Pulitzer Prize and a PEN Award, Humes lives in California.

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Elena, May 21, 2007 (view all comments by Elena)
Anyone interested in education or the culture wars needs to read Humes' description of the forces involved in the most recent evolution versus intelligent design court case. He is as fair-minded as possible in presenting both sides, though in the end the Dover school board's and the Discovery Institute's own actions are what sink their efforts to create a national test case and take intelligent design to the Supreme Court.

The case law in the last half-century has been unequivocal, but the same Christian fundamentalist forces that were behind the Dover case are bound to rally and try again. Humes provides wisdom and insight for those of us who will have to defend the Constitution when they do.

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Marlene Head, February 7, 2007 (view all comments by Marlene Head)
Edward Humes writes with sharp-witted skill about the people behind "intelligent design" and their larger design of creating a Christian nation. Another wake-up call that belongs on the shelf right next to Chris Hedges's "American Fascism."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060885489
Publisher:
Ecco
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Author:
Humes, Edward
Author:
by Edward Humes
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Pennsylvania
Subject:
Evolution (Biology)
Subject:
Christianity - Theology - General
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Religion & Science
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Kitzmiller, Tammy
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
Evolution, Education
Publication Date:
20070130
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.25 in 21.28 oz

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Culture
Reference » Science Reference » Philosophy of Science
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » World Religions » Religion and Science
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Evolution

Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul
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Product details 400 pages Ecco - English 9780060885489 Reviews:
"Review" by , "An illuminating blend of science, religion and politics."
"Review" by , "Humes is a good storyteller, and Monkey Girl (the title refers to the epithet schoolmates hurled at the daughter of one of the board's opponents) is full of vivid descriptions and interesting facts."
"Review" by , "Humes...may be the most successful so far in making a complicated issue accessible and in putting human faces on both sides of the evolution divide."
"Review" by , "A must read for anyone who cares about science, education, and liberty."
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