This book deftly answers complex questions: Why is there such intense antagonism to the teaching of evolution in the United States? What have the courts said about the various attempts to oppose it? Sprinkled with interesting tidbits about Charles Darwin and the major players of the evolution vs. creationism debate, God vs. Darwin is charming in its embrace of the strong passions aroused from the topic of teaching evolution in schools.
Mano Singham is a theoretical nuclear physicist with interests in the history and philosophy of science, theories of knowledge and education, and the achievement gap. Originally from Sri Lanka, he has taught and done research at various universities and research laboratories in Sri Lanka and the United States. He is currently the Director of the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education and Adjunct Associate Professor of Physics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He has also written The Achievement Gap in US Education: Canaries in the Mine (Rowman and Littlefield Education, 2005).
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The History Behind Inherit the Wind Chapter 3 The Rising Religious Opposition to Darwin Chapter 4 The Free Speech Train Chapter 5 The Scopes Pre-Game Show Chapter 6 The Scopes Trial Chapter 7 The Scopes Appeal Chapter 8 The History of Religion in United States Public Schools Chapter 9 Religion and the Establishment Clause after Scopes Chapter 10 Evolution Back in the Courts Chapter 11 Adam and Eve and Evolution Chapter 12 The Rise and Fall of "Creation Science" Chapter 13 Creation Science Born Again as Intelligent Design Chapter 14 Why Some Hate Evolution: The Wedge Document Revelations Chapter 15 The Endorsement Test and the "Informed, Reasonable Observer" Chapter 16 The Dover Policy on Teaching Evolution Chapter 17 The Dover Verdict Chapter 18 The Aftershocks of Dover Chapter 19 What's Next? Chapter 20 The Long View