This book examines the creationism/evolution controversy from a broad perspective. You will read about science, religion, education, law, history, and even some current events, because all of these topics are relevant to an understanding of this controversy. In this introduction, I will examine three antievolutionist contentions that provide a framework for thinking about this complex controversy. These "pillars of creationism" include scientific, religious, and educational arguments, respectively, and have been central to the antievolution movement since at least the Scopes trial in 1925. As you read the following chapters and selections, it may be helpful to keep the pillars of creationism in mind.
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