In Species of Origins, Karl W. Giberson and Donald A. Yerxa examine America's controversial conversation about creation and evolution. While noting that part of the discord stems from the growing cultural and religious diversity of the United States, they argue powerfully that the real issue is the headlong confrontation between two seemingly incompatible worldviews upon which millions of Americans rely: modern naturalistic science and traditional Judeo-Christian religions.
Karl W. Giberson is professor of physics at Eastern Nazarene College. Donald A. Yerxa is professor of history at Eastern Nazarene College.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Modern Creation Story Chapter 3 The Triumph of Evolution? Chapter 4 Scientific Creationism: The Biblical Dimension Chapter 5 Scientific Creationism: The Scientific Dimension Chapter 6 Scientific Creationism: The Social Dimension Chapter 7 The Council of Despair: Popular Science versus Traditional Religion Chapter 8 Via Media Stances and the Complexity Paradigm: Historical Considerations Chapter 9 The Muddle in the Middle: Via Media Positions on Origins Chapter 10 Intelligent Design: A New Approach to the Origins Debate? Chapter 11 The Reception of Intelligent Design Chapter 12 Conclusion: The High Cost of Clarity Chapter 13 A Concluding Unscientific Postscript Chapter 14 Appendix: A Brief History of Design Arguments