Resources to help creationism
- How to Debate a Creationist: 25 Creationists' Arguments and 25
Evolutionists' Answers. Michael Shermer. Skeptics Society, 1997. This
well-researched refutation of creationist claims deals in more depth
with many of the same scientific arguments raised here, as well as
other philosophical problems. Skeptic magazine routinely covers
creation/evolution debates and is a solid, thoughtful source on the
Defending Evolution in the Classroom: A Guide to the
Creation/Evolution Controversy. Brian J. Alters and Sandra M. Alters.
Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2001. This up-to-date overview of the
creation/evolution controversy explores the issues clearly and
readably, with a full appreciation of the cultural and religious
influences that create resistance to teaching evolution. It, too,
uses a question-and-answer format that should be particularly
valuable for teachers.
Science and Creationism: A View from the National Academy of
Sciences. Second edition. National Academy Press, 1999. This concise
booklet has the backing of the country's top scientific authorities.
Although its goal of making a clear, brief statement necessarily
limits the detail with which it can pursue its arguments, the
publication serves as handy proof that the scientific establishment
unwaveringly supports evolution. It is also available at
The Triumph of Evolution and the Failure of Creationism. Niles
Eldredge. W. H. Freeman and Company, 2000. The author, a leading
contributor to evolution theory and a curator at the American Museum
of Natural History in New York City, offers a scathing critique of
Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics. Edited by Robert T.
Pennock. Bradford Books/MIT Press, 2001. For anyone who wishes to
understand the "intelligent design" controversy in detail, this book
is a terrific one-volume summary of the scientific, philosophical and
theological issues. Philip E. Johnson, Michael J. Behe and William A.
Dembski make the case for intelligent design in their chapters and
are rebutted by evolutionists, including Pennock, Stephen Jay Gould
and Richard Dawkins.
Talk.Origins archive (www.talkorigins.org). This wonderfully thorough
online resource compiles useful essays and commentaries that have
appeared in Usenet discussions about creationism and evolution. It
offers detailed discussions (some of which may be too sophisticated
for casual readers) and bibliographies relating to virtually any
objection to evolution that creationists might raise.
National Center for Science Education Web site (www.ncseweb.org). The
center is the only national organization that specializes in
defending the teaching of evolution against creationist attacks.
Offering resources for combating misinformation and monitoring
antievolution legislation, it is ideal for staying current with the
ongoing public debate.
PBS Web site for evolution (www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/). Produced as
a companion to the seven-part television series Evolution, this site
is an enjoyable guide to evolutionary science. It features multimedia
tools for teaching evolution. The accompanying book, Evolution, by
Carl Zimmer (HarperCollins, 2001), is also useful for explaining
evolution to doubters.