Adherents of science and religion have clashed on many issues. One of the more passionate and bitter conflicts has been over the idea of creationism versus evolution. The origin of the human species is a hotly contested issue. Much has been written about the controversy, about which side is right and why, but the basic elements of the conflict have never been so clearly defined, and there is a vital need for a definitive reference book on the subject. "The Dictionary of Science and Creationism" was written to explain the creationism/evolution controversy in an easy-to-understand manner. Using a dictionary format, Ronald L. Ecker outlines both sides in concise, non-technical language, presenting all major scientific concepts that relate to evolutionary theory and using that information to show the pseudoscientific nature of 'scientific' creationism. Under each entry, the pertinent evidence for evolution is succinctly presented, as are the reasons creationist arguments in that area have no scientific validity. The articles are cross-referenced and indexed to improve accessibility.
Intended for general readers as well as educators and professionals, this authoritative volume provides all the scientific facts needed to refute the claims of creationism.
Ronald L. Ecker is the author of And Adam Knew Eve: A Dictionary of Sex in the Bible and The Evolutionary Tales: Rhyme and Reason on Creation/Evolution. His modern-English translation (with Eugene J. Crook) of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is a widely adopted text in college and university literature courses. He has a Master of Library Science degree from Florida State University, and did postgraduate work in biblical studies at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School.