The War That Never Was

Evolution and Christian Theology

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Kenneth W. Kemp
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Wipf & Stock
    , May
     2020.
     234 pages.
     $28.00.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9781532694981.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

One of the prevailing myths of modern intellectual and cultural history is that there has been a long-running war between science and religion, particularly over evolution. This book argues that what is mistaken as a war between science and religion is actually a pair of wars between other belligerents--one between evolutionists and anti-evolutionists and another between atheists and Christians. In neither of those wars can one align science with one side and religion or theology with the other. This book includes a review of the encounter of Christian theology with the pre-Darwinian rise of historical geology, an account of the origins of the warfare myth, and a careful discussion of the salient historical events on which the myth-makers rely--the Huxley-Wilberforce exchange, the Scopes Trial and the larger anti-evolutionist campaign in which it was embedded, and the more recent curriculum wars precipitated by the proponents of Creation Science and of Intelligent-Design Theory.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Kenneth W. Kemp is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the co-translator of Archbishop Józef Życiński’s God and Evolution: Fundamental Questions of Christian Evolutionism.

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