Synopses & Reviews
In Creationism's Trojan Horse, philosopher Barbara Forrest and biologist Paul R. Gross examine in full detail the claims and strategies of the "Intelligent Design" movement, the most recent manifestation of creationism.
The authors illuminate what design theorists call their "Wedge Strategy," documenting their aggressive political and public relations campaign. They describe how ID advocates maintain a crowded nationwide schedule of lectures, popular publications for its mostly conservative Christian
constituency, and media appearances, all sustained by generous funding from religious benefactors. They also examine how this wedge strategy has intruded itself efficiently into educational politics at local, state, and national levels. In particular, they detail efforts to influence science
standards in Kansas and Ohio, and to shape federal education legislation through the so-called "Santorum amendment" of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act. Equally important, they demonstrate the continuity of intelligent design with traditional creationism, including all the scientific claims,
exposing its religious core and purposes. The book includes a new afterword that discusses the recent Dover, Pennsylvania evolution trials, which ended in defeat for the Intelligent Design movement.
"Science educators can benefit greatly by understanding creationists' motivations and strategies. These are thoroughly documented in Creationism's Trojan Horse"--SCIENCE
"This is the definitive work on modern creationism, an exhaustively detailed and compelling exposure of the attempt--by the well-known process in nature called by biologists "aggressive mimicry"--to corrupt science in the service of sectarian religion. In the process, the book explores the larger and seemingly endless struggle between religion-based tribal values and science-based universal values."--Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor, Emeritus, Harvard University
"Creationism's Trojan Horse documents the disturbing movement to sneak religious dogma back into science education, driven by the vague fear that Americans can't handle the truth. Educators, scientists, and politicians would do well to understand this movement and its tactics, and this book is a superb and timely analysis."--Steven Pinker, Johnston Professor, Harvard University, and author of How the Mind Works and The Blank Slate
"Intelligent Design 'theory' (ID) has been well described as Creationism in a cheap Tuxedo. One if its luminaries, we are told, has 'angrily denied that ID is stealth creationism.' He is right. There's no stealth about it. It is Creationism. Unfortunately, ID 'theorists' have a streetwise political professionalism to outweigh the amateurishness of their science, and we therefore cannot ignore them. Barbara Forrest and Paul Gross meticulously document their pretensions, destroy their arguments, and expose their true motivation. An excellent and sadly necessary book."--Richard Dawkins, author of The Selfish Gene
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