The Evolution-Creation Struggle

The Evolution Creation Struggle Creation versus evolution What seems like a cultural crisis of our day played out in courtrooms and classrooms across the county is in fact part of a larger story reaching back through the centuries

  • Title: The Evolution-Creation Struggle
  • Author: Michael Ruse
  • ISBN: 9780674016873
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Creation versus evolution What seems like a cultural crisis of our day, played out in courtrooms and classrooms across the county, is in fact part of a larger story reaching back through the centuries The views of both evolutionists and creationists originated as inventions of the Enlightenment two opposed but closely related responses to a loss of religious faith in tCreation versus evolution What seems like a cultural crisis of our day, played out in courtrooms and classrooms across the county, is in fact part of a larger story reaching back through the centuries The views of both evolutionists and creationists originated as inventions of the Enlightenment two opposed but closely related responses to a loss of religious faith in the Western world In his latest book, Michael Ruse, a preeminent authority on Darwinian evolutionary thought and a leading participant in the ongoing debate, uncovers surprising similarities between evolutionist and creationist thinking Exploring the underlying philosophical commitments of evolutionists, he reveals that those most hostile to religion are just as evangelical as their fundamentalist opponents But crucially, and reaching beyond the biblical issues at stake, he demonstrates that these two diametrically opposed ideologies have, since the Enlightenment, engaged in a struggle for the privilege of defining human origins, moral values, and the nature of reality Highlighting modern day partisans as divergent as Richard Dawkins and Left Behind authors Tim LaHaye and Jerry B every stripe and belief and offers to all a new and productive way of understanding this unifying, if often bitter, quest.

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    1. MY NOTES ON BOOK: Ruse’s book details the history of the enlightenment, especially concerning the advancement of ideas concerning evolution and its relation to Christianity. He makes a distinction between “evolutionism” as a faith and “the theory of evolution” as a science. He also points out the motives for millenialists (who believe Christ’s return is imminent vs. post-millenialists who argue that there will be something like a heaven on Earth (and thus, believe in the progress of [...]

    2. Ruse is the Werkmeister professor of philosophy at Florida State, and has written previously on the subject, e.g. Darwin and Design: Does Evolution Have a Purpose? and Mystery of Mysteries: Is Evolution a Social Construction? He thoroughly explores the cultural crisis in America regarding evolution. In this book examines similarities between evolutionist and creationist thinking — both of which have a strong evangelistic tendency! Chapter titles include Christianity and Its Discontents, Growth [...]

    3. I came across this book by pure chance when my husband was working at a used book store. This book was judged to be monetarily worthless to them so I got to keep it. I thought it was an incredible balanced look at the struggle, not the merits of creationism or evolutionary theory but the history of their struggle. The writer is a philosopher. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in the history of the debate.

    4. Excellent. A must read for anyone who has given any thought or participated at all in the evolution/creation debate.Though Ruse is an atheist and evolutionist, he is not at all dogmatic and bemoans the atheists that are (e.g. Dawkins); he has been involved in this discussion for a long time and is well qualified to talk about it, being fair and thorough with both sides.

    5. A fascinating book which - as might be expected from a philosopher - is frustratingly discursive in places. I felt I wanted a firmer conclusion, including a more comprehensive rebuttal of the creationist argument, but Michael Ruse is anxious to be balanced and not to offend. I'm sure I'll refer to the book again, however, and its historical perspective is particularly interesting.

    6. An excellent summary of evolutionary science, evolutionism and creationism placed in the general religious climate of the nineteenth century to the present.

    7. Great insights. Highlights the Post-Millennialists vs. Pre-Millennialists divide among progressives/afterlifers very nicely.

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