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Editorial Reviews. Book Description. Henry Calderwood, former professor of moral philosophy at Edinburgh University, wrote several books advocating the.
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Evolutionary theory has been discussed, perhaps more than any other scientific concept, throughout the publication runs of Science and The Scientific Monthly. Eminent scientists and philosophers defined the debate, writing with clarity and grace, representing the best in scientific reporting and commentary.

Selections from these two journals reflect the creationist—evolutionist controversy in the United States. Occasionally, creationist letters were published, more as comic relief than as serious opposition to evolution. Nevertheless, creationist activity was viewed as a threat to good science; considerable space was allocated to its coverage.

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Only articles dealing directly with the controversy are cited in this review; technical papers describing details of the development of evolutionary theory were disregarded. Figure 1 shows the annual distribution of references. Published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science AAAS , Science is the most widely distributed general science journal, with a weekly circulation of approximately , The journal was founded in July by a group that included Thomas Edison.

The AAAS affiliation began in , in part to provide a publication outlet for association activities. The journal attracts a wide readership within the scientific community, publishing both technical scientific advances—with details often accessible only to practitioners in the field—and precise commentary on important broader scientific and political issues.

This abbreviated review of the creationist—evolutionist debate shows that, in spite of scientific developments, communications between the scientific community and the public are no better, and perhaps even worse, than at the turn of the previous century. Scientists have consistently suggested better education to resolve the controversy. The second issue of Science, July , included a report of T. Several early articles discussed relationships between religion, atheism, and evolution.

Science' s first editor John Michels clearly did not believe that atheism was a requirement for evolutionists: It is possible to believe strongly in the theory of evolution and accept every scientific fact that has ever been demonstrated, and yet receive no shock to a belief in a Divine Providence, while the accumulation of scientific facts in our opinion all tend to confirm such belief, and to demonstrate scientifically that an intelligent Creator has designed and pre-arranged the order of both matter and mind….

Lastly, we say emphatically, that there is no real conflict between Science and Religion at this present day. Michels , p. An overview of Alfred Russel Wallace's lectures on protective coloration was the first largely technical presentation of evolutionary theory to appear in Science Wallace Wallace noted that species were recognized before Darwin, and that several others had questioned the fixity of species.

Darwin was the first to propose a mechanism for change.

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Wallace briefly summarized the Darwinian theory, consisting of three principles and an inference. The principles are that 1 the high rate of multiplication makes it impossible to sustain all offspring and creates a struggle within and between populations, 2 significant variation occurs within a species, and 3 variation is heritable.

The inference drawn from these principles is that the most fit organisms, and their offspring, survive to reproduce. That evolution had entered the mainstream of scientific thought was demonstrated by E. Morse's summary was direct: Judging by centuries of experience, as attested by unimpeachable historical records, it is safe enough for an intelligent man, even if he knows nothing about the facts, to promptly accept as truth any generalization of science which the Church declares to be false, and, conversely, to repudiate with equal promptness, as false, any interpretation of the behavior of the universe which the Church adjudges to be true.

Morse , p. Addressing the American Society of Zoologists, W. Curtis discussed scientific progress and the utility of scientific discoveries Curtis Beyond material progress, scientific theory provided an important perspective, changing the human view of nature from a thing of caprice to a system ruled by order.

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Antievolution bills were introduced in at least 15 states after The prominent role of William Jennings Bryan in many of the efforts, and the frustrations he aroused in scientists and intellectuals, were reflected in contemporary accounts. A controversy erupted when William Bateson, the English zoologist and geneticist, speaking to the AAAS meeting in Toronto, described how evolution had driven scientific thought and influenced his early study of Balanoglossus 40 years earlier.

According to Bateson, embryology had given way to genetics as the field most likely to define evolutionary processes; although questions of process remained, they did not change the acceptance of evolution among scientists.


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Enemies of science, obscurantists, used the disputes within the community of biologists to say science had no answers to the origin of species Bateson Creationists used selections from Bateson's address as evidence of the falsity of evolutionary theory and its rejection by men of science. Huxley had told Osborn that for popular addresses, he would carefully write out the entire presentation to ensure that, in the heat of the moment, he would not say anything that could not be supported. Osborn believed that Bateson had presented his opinions of the state of evolutionary questions, and that some in the audience could not properly evaluate those opinions.

Bryan, quoted in the New York Times, contended that every effort to discover the origin of species had failed; all lines of investigation ended in disappointment Anonymous In accepting evolution, he argued, scientists were falling back on faith; and faith in the creation of man by a separate act of God was a more rational position. Bryan objected to Darwinism, he said, not only because it was groundless but also because it was harmful, since it undermined faith in the Bible. Further, Christians did not object to freedom of speech; biblical truth could stand on its own. The Bible had been excluded from the classroom because the teaching of religion was prohibited in schools paid for by taxes.

Why then should the enemies of religion be allowed to teach irreligion in the public schools? Christians who wished to teach doctrine funded their own schools. Why shouldn't the atheists be forced to do the same? Smith, of the Philosophy Department of the University of Chicago, cutioned that the attention Bryan was receiving pointed to the large and widening gap between science and the public Smith Research relied on public funding and approval; science would suffer without public support.

Bryan was supported by a large, but perhaps declining, portion of the population, whose concerns he clearly reflected and understood. According to Bryan, science books changed constantly; only the word of God revealed in the Bible did not change.

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Smith ended with a charge to science to do a better job in education of the average man. Science could not meet its goals without popular support.

Only through communication with the public, on the part of science, could that support be expected to develop Smith According to Patten, evolution provides a logical, unifying concept for all natural phenomena, accepted by virtually all who study nature. The essence of evolution, Patten argued, is an infinite, democratic, and creative process.

Studying evolution provides an appreciation for the significance of existence and should strengthen religious feelings. Students looking for meaning had experienced this as a result of their studies and described it to Patten. Scientists, he claimed, had brought the current state of affairs upon themselves by failing to communicate the true nature of evolution to the public. To Patten, the study of the whole of evolution helped minimize antagonism between religious and scientific viewpoints. Edwin L. As a scientist, teacher, and Christian, Rice was disturbed by Bryan's campaign to restrict or remove the teaching of evolution at both high school and college levels.

Rice rejected Bryan's allegation that acceptance of evolution precluded an acceptance of religion. He argued that the loss to science of a few students who chose religion, when confronted with Bryan's alternative, was of little consequence; however, the loss to religion of students who chose science was a much greater and unnecessary loss. Movements that split religion rather than sought harmony were unworthy. With this perspective, Rice compared the methods used by Bryan and Darwin.

Bryan's exceptional skill as an orator, and his moral earnestness, gave him significant potential influence on public opinion. Bryan rejected any form of evolution applied to man, and, since evolution for other organisms rested on similar evidence, he also rejected general evolution.

Darwin had presented several categories of evidence supporting evolution; Bryan offhandedly ignored or rejected them all. Likewise, Bryan was impervious to evidence from geology. His literal interpretation of the Bible, and his perception of its text as infallible, precluded any consideration of alternate explanations Rice Darwin went to great lengths to find evidence opposed to his theory and did not ignore weaknesses in his ideas, an approach that made acceptance of his ideas so rapid among scientists.

Bryan, in both his writing and his public speaking, simply rejected the possibility of evolution without considering the evidence. Bryan professed belief in biblical in-errancy, yet refused to consider inconsistencies, even in the two biblical accounts of creation in Genesis Rice Bryan believed that evolution had driven Darwin from religion.