By Jason Rosenhouse
Why accomplish that many americans reject the trendy thought of evolution? Why does creationism, completely refuted via scientists, hold such reputation one of the public? Is the perceived clash among evolution and Christianity real, or is it simply an phantasm odd to Protestant fundamentalism?
Seeking solutions to those questions, mathematician Jason Rosenhouse turned a customary attendee at creationist meetings and different gatherings. After ten years of attending occasions just like the big construction Mega-Conference in Lynchburg, Virginia, and traveling websites just like the construction Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, and after 1000s of unusually pleasant conversations with creationists of various stripes, he has emerged with a narrative to inform, a narrative that is going well past the standard stereotypes of Bible-thumping enthusiasts railing opposed to coldly rational scientists. via anecdotes, own reflections, and clinical and philosophical dialogue, Rosenhouse offers a extra down-to-earth photograph of contemporary creationism and the folks who espouse it. he's neither polemical nor insulting, yet he doesn't pull punches while he spots an errors within the logical or clinical reasoning of creationists, particularly after they wander into his personal box, arithmetic. alongside the way in which, he additionally tells the tale of his personal nonbeliever's try and comprehend a big point of yank faith. compelled to combat together with his perspectives approximately God and evolution, Rosenhouse stumbled on himself drawn right into a new global of rules formerly unknown to him, arriving at a sharper realizing of the truth of science-versus-religion disputes, and the way those debates glance to these past the ivory tower.
A own memoir of 1 scientist's try and come to grips with this controversy-by immersing himself within the tradition of the anti-evolutionists-Among the Creationists is a good, clean, and insightful account of the trendy American debate over Darwinism.
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