God vs. Darwin: The War between Evolution and Creationism in the Classroom

In God vs. Darwin, Mano Singham dissects the legal battle between evolution and creationism in the classroom beginning with the Scopes Monkey trial in 1925 and ending with an intelligent design trial in Dover, Pennsylvania, in 2005. A publicity stunt, the Scopes Monkey trial had less to do with legal precedence than with generating tourism dollars for a rural Tennessee town. But the trial did successfully spark a debate that has lasted more than 80 years and simply will not be quelled despite a succession of seemingly definitive court decisions. In the greatest demonstration of survival, opposition to the teaching of evolution has itself evolved. Attempts to completely eliminate the teaching of evolution from public schools have given way to the recognition that evolution is here to stay, that explicitly religious ideas will never be allowed in public schools, and that the best that can be hoped for is to chip away at the credibility of the theory of evolution.

Dr. Singham 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.

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By John (Hewitt, NJ) · ★★★☆☆ · July 02, 2010
This extremely readable book surveys the legal battles that have taken place in the US as various agencies of the devout have attempted, despite the First Amendment, to get the teaching of the Creationist fantasy into the public schools either in place of or alongside the theory of evolution by n... ...more
By Patrick (Fuquay Varina, NC) · ★★☆☆☆ · December 22, 2012
Mano Singham, a theoretical nuclear physicist and religious agnostic, has for several years been an outspoken critic of creationism and intelligent design. This book traces the major events of the creation-evolution conflicts in America’s public schools over the past century. Most of his book is... ...more
By Imma (Bendigo, Victoria, Australia) · ★★★☆☆ · September 30, 2011
A fascinating read about creationism versus evolutionism in American courts. ...more