From the Scopes Trial in 1925 through the action of the Kansas board of education, the teaching of evolution in public schools has been a flashpoint in American education. Although its implications are not yet fully evident, the advent of a modern scientific theory of intelligent design (ID), and a scholarly research community advancing this theory (the ID movement) has reenergized and is now redefining the character of this controversy. Darwinism, Design, and Public Education examines ID as a science, a philosophy, and a movement for educational reform. Central to all three aspects of ID is its claim that, if science education is to be other than state-sponsored propaganda, a clear and principled distinction must be drawn between empirical science and the materialist philosophy that drives contemporary Darwinian theories of origin and development. Contents Part I: Should Darwinism Be Presented Critically and Comparatively in the Public Schools: Philosophical, Educational, and Legal Issues Part II: Scientific Critique of Biology Textbooks and Contemporary Evolutionary Theory Part III: The Theory of Intelligent Design: A Scientific Alternative to Neo-Darwinian and/or Chemical Evolutionary Theories Part IV: Critical Responses
John Angus Campbell is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication at the University of Memphis.
Stephen C. Meyer is Director and Senior Fellow of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute, in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Meyer has co-written or edited two books: Darwinism, Design, and Public Education and Science and Evidence of Design in the Universe. He has also authored numerous technical articles as well as editorials in magazines and newspapers, such as the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, First Things, and the National Review.
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