The second edition of Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction builds on the first, and therefore the contributions of NCSE staff members past and present who helped in that effort is still very much in evidence, and very much appreciated. I have greatly benefited from working with and sharing ideas with David Almandsmith, Josephina Borgeson, Wesley Elsberry, Skip Evans, Alan Gishlick, Charles Hargrove, Peter Hess, Anne Holden, Abraham Kneisley, David Leitner, Molleen Matsumura, Nicholas Matzke, Louise Mead, Eric Meikle, Jessica Moran, Josh Rosenau, Carrie Sager, and Susan Spath. Of course, none of us would get any work done if Nina Hollenberg, Philip Spieth, and Tully Weberg weren't keeping track of the business side of NCSE. My indebtedness to many other students of the creation/evolution controversy will be clear upon reading the introductory chapters. I have learned much about pedagogical issues from Rodger Bybee and the rest of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study crew, Brian Alters, Craig Nelson, and Judy Scotchmoor; about traditional creationism from John Cole, Tom McIver, the late Robert Schadewald, and William Thwaites; about the history of the controversy from Ronald Numbers, Edward Larson, and James Moore; about philosophical issues from Philip Kitcher, Michael Ruse, and Rob Pennock; about scientific aspects of the controversy from Brent Dalrymple, Niles Eldredge, Doug Futuyma, Ken Miller, Kevin Padian, the late Art Strahler, and many others. I have acquired an appreciation for the complexity of the science and religion aspects of the controversy from many, including, to name only a few, Jack Haught, Jim Miller, and Robert John Russell.
I want to give an extra thank you to my colleague, Alan Gishlick, for assistance with illustrations, and to NCSE member and artist, Janet Dreyer, for the fossil and other drawings in chapter 2. If you peruse issues of Reports of NCSE, you will see her whimsical and sometimes-barbed covers and other artwork, which we appreciate greatly. Another skilled artist, Sarina Bromberg, contributed some new artwork to the second edition, which readers should enjoy.
I thank the authors who kindly allowed me permission to reprint their essays. I have necessarily had to reduce a large number of potential topics to a smaller number treatable in a book like this, but of course there is much left unexplored. I have tried to select writings regarding these topics that honestly and clearly express the views of both antievolutionists and those who accept evolution. I especially appreciate the cooperation of authors whose views are opposed to mine, especially Henry and John Morris from the Institute for Creation Research, and Don Batten from Answers in Genesis. Phillip Johnson and Michael Denton likewise were cordial and helpful, and I appreciate Michael Behe's willingness to reprint his Natural History essay in the second edition.
Feedback from readers of the first edition was very helpful in shaping the second. Because of reviewer suggestions, a section on cladistics has been added to chapter 2, and several small errors (which out of embarrassment, I won't iterate!) have been corrected. Most of these errors were called to account by the sharp editorial eyes of NCSE board member Frank Sonleitner and my good friend Larry Lerner, and I thank them. Dave Chapman's considerable advice greatly improved my understanding of cosmological evolution in the second edition, and I sincerely thank him.
A very special thanks to my colleague, NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch, who has contributed substantially to this book from its planning to its completion. Glenn provided valuable suggestions on the organization of chapters as well as their content and skillfully edited the whole first edition making my prose much clearer. The usefulness of this book owes much to his efforts. Glenn also assembled the References for Further Exploration section, which benefited greatly from his encyclopedic appetite for books and resources and his phenomenal recall of just about everything he has ever read. Anyone at NCSE who is looking for a reference knows whose desk to camp out at.
My husband Charlie put up with a lot during both the first and second editions of this book. He and I know how much, and I'm not tellin'.
There is no way to thank everyone to whom I am indebted for whatever useful information this book will have. Similarly, I have no one to blame but myself for any errors, which I hope are few. with luck, the contents of this book may inspire some reader to in turn contribute to a further understanding of this vexing problem of antievolutionism, and dare we hope, contribute thereby to a solution to it.
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