Those opposed to the teaching of evolution often make well-rehearsed claims about the science that sound powerful and convincing. And many people who support the teaching of evolution - students, teachers, parents, administrators - do not have the background to respond. They know that scientists have thoroughly dismantled these arguments, but they don't have a handy way of responding to these attacks. The "Counter-Creationism Handbook" is a one-stop resource for addressing over 400 of the most prevalent claims made by creationists.Each claim is followed by a succinct and scientifically valid rebuttal, and the book includes print and on-line resources for further reading and information. The "Counter-Creationism Handbook": Covers claims made about the disciplines of philosophy, biology, paleontology, geology, astronomy, physics and mathematics, history, and more. It addresses the claims of Biblical creationism, intelligent design creationism, and some creationism based on non-Christian religions. It includes an introduction on how to address creationists in different venues, how to deal with novel claims, and why accurate science is important.
It is organized thematically, with extensive cross-referencing.
Mark Isaak has written numerous articles on the creation/evolution debate. He is the editor of the "Index of Creationist Claims" on the acclaimed website www.talkorigins.org.
Preface Acknowledgments How to Use This Book List of Creationist Claims Introduction 1. Philosophy and Theology Ethics Epistemology Foundation of Knowledge Theory of Science Scientific Method Theology 2. Biology Abiogenesis Genetics Molecular Biology Physiology and Anatomy Behavior and Cognition Botany Ecology and Population Biology Developmental Biology Systematics Evolution 3. Paleontology Physical Anthropology Transitional Fossils Fossil Record Methodology 4. Geology Geochronology Geological Column Sedimentation Evaporation Glaciation Mountain Building Erosion Geophysics and Plate Tectonics 5. Astronomy and Cosmology Earth Moon Planets and Solar System Sun and Stars Cosmology 6. Physics and Mathematics Second Law of Thermodynamics and Information Theory First Law of Thermodynamics Radiometric Decay 7. Miscellaneous Antievolution History Linguistics Folklore 8. Biblical Creationism Biblical Creationism Generally Biblical Accuracy Young-Earth Creationism Age of the Universe Death and the Fall Created Kinds Flood Miscellaneous Young-Earth Creationism Day-Age Creationism Geocentrism 9. Intelligent Design ID as Science Detecting Design First Cause Anthropic Principle Meta-arguments 10. Other Creationism Vedic Creationism Native North American Creationism Islamic Creationism Bibliography Index