Shaking the Foundation: Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution

Shaking the Foundation: Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution

by Sylvia A. Johnson

Hardcover(Library Binding)



"I cannot think that the world, as we see it, is the result of chance; & yet I cannot look at each separate thing as the result of design." English naturalist Charles Darwin wrote this in 1860, a year after publishing his theory of evolution. His words show the personal struggle of a man forced by his own observations to answer the fundamental question—Where do we come from?—in a revolutionary new way.

Darwin's internal battle reflects a broader public struggle—the attempt to reconcile scientific fact with religious faith. Shaking the Foundation: Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution follows this battle, from the supporting theories of fellow scientists, to the opposing voices of clergymen, to twenty-first-century supporters of Intelligent Design. Through quotations from letters and other contemporary sources, you'll meet the personalities and ideas involved in the debate. You'll also examine some of the legal cases that brought evolution into the U.S. courtroom. These cases include the famous Scopes trial in 1925 and the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case in 2005, which tested a school policy requiring the teaching of Intelligent Design. Through these and other debates, you'll learn more about the struggle over one of life's most profound questions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761354864
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2013
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1070L (what's this?)
Age Range: 11 - 18 Years

About the Author

Sylvia A. Johnson has a long career as an award-winning writer and editor of nonfiction science and history titles for young people. Her recent books include Crows (2005), Cobras (2007), and The Spanish Conquest of Mexico (2009) for for Twenty-First Century Books.

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Chapter 1 Enter Charles Darwin 13

Chapter 2 Building a Theory 23

Chapter 3 On the Origin of Species 33

Chapter 4 The Controversy Begins 41

Chapter 5 Witnesses for the Opposition 47

Chapter 6 The Decline of Darwinism 55

Chapter 7 Darwinism and Society 61

Chapter 8 Evolution Under Fire 67

Conclusion 76

Activity: Constructing a Point of New 78

Glossary 79

Source Notes 81

Selected Bibliography 84

Suggested Reading 86

Index 87

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