Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Today in History: The Great Debate on Evolution

The Oxford University Museum debate on Darwin’s theory of evolution took place on this date in 1860. Anglican Bishop Samuel Wilberforce denounced the concept. Biologist T.H. Huxley defended it.

Of course, the debate continues: What should we teach our children in public schools? Is evolution good science?
Is it compatible with faith? Have scientists really detected “intelligent design”—evidence of a creator—in nature?

MONKEY GIRL by Edward HumesIn Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America’s Soul, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes takes us behind the scenes of a more recent debate 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, Monkey Girl is about what happens when science and religion collide.

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