Monkey girl : evolution, education, religion, and the battle for America's soul

Humes, Edward
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  • Creator Edward Humes
  • Format Books
  • Publication First edition. New York : Ecco, [2007] ©2007
  • Physical Details
    • xix, 380 pages ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 0060885483, 9780060885489
  • OCLC ocm71223542

Summary

  • 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? Inside our DNA? Inside amazing molecular "machines" within our very cells? Or are those concepts nothing more than scientific fool's gold, tricks designed to sneak religious ideas into public school classrooms? 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? This book 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.--From publisher description.

Notes

  • Includes index.

Contents

  • Pt. 1: Origins. Balancing act ; What lies beneath ; I'd rather take a beating than back down ; Darwin's nemesis ; Class acts -- Pt. 2: Survival of the fittest. Broken watches ; The watchmaker returns ; The waters of Kansas part ; What will we tell the children? -- Pt. 3: Unnatural selections. Send lawyers, geeks, and money ; Monkey suit ; Sword and shield, shock and awe ; Paleozoic roadkill, Kentucky Fried Chicken and bad frog beer ; Of panders and people - Under the microscope, deer in the headlights ; Forty days and forty nights ; Breathtaking inanity