As recently seen by the Kitzmiller vs. Dover case, the evolution versus creation debate never goes away. The best way to understand these debates is to read the arguments of the individuals involved. This reference work provides over 40 of the most important documents to help readers understand the debate in the eyes of the people of the time. Each document is from a major participant in the debates - from the predecessors of Darwin to the judges of the influential court cases of the present day. The editors have included an introduction and analysis of each document that places it within historical and scientific context. Evolution and Creationism: A Documentary and Reference Guide aims to enhance our understanding of the debate by presenting over 40 documents that shed light on the origins, goals, and history of the ongoing debate. The volume examines such topics as Darwin's theory of natural selection, the rise of Fundamentalism and its opposition to evolution, and evolution and its discontents at the beginning of the 21st century. In addition, the work includes an extensive bibliography and reference guide to relevant print and electronic resources.
Christian C. Young teaches introductory biology, evolution, environmental studies, and the relationship between science and society at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is assistant professor of biology and a member of the department for Developing a Global Perspective. His research focuses on social controversies about and within science, particularly over environmental topics.Mark A. Largent is assistant professor of science policy in James Madison College at Michigan State University, where he teaches courses on the history of science and U.S. science policy. His research and writing focuses on the history of biology, in particular the evolution/creation debates and the history of the American eugenics movement. Trained as a historian of science and technology, his work explores the role of American biologists in various political and social movements as well as the impact of science on policy debates in the early twentieth century.