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Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design

By: Barbara Forrest(Author), Paul R Gross(Author), Barry Lynn(Foreword By)

Oxford University Press USA

Paperback | Nov 2007 | Edition: 2 | #172756 | ISBN-13: 9780195319736
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This carefully documented exposé of the Intelligent Design (ID) movement contributed to the stunning victory in Federal court of eleven Dover, PA, parents who recognized ID's threat to public education and religious freedom. Now in paperback, here is Forrest and Gross's influential work documenting the continuity of intelligent design with traditional creationism. The new text updates ID initiatives in Kansas and Ohio and the movement's shifting strategies in an attempt to remain viable after its legal undoing in federal court.

Anyone who values science and the benefits of life in an enlightened society should know about the Wedge's political, cultural, and religious ambitions. With a new foreword by Barry Lynn, this updated edition is an essential guide to ID's continuing threat to public education and the separation of church and state. It is Creationism's Trojan Horse to turn to for an inside look at the claims and operations of the ID movement, the most recent manifestation of American creationism.

"Science educators can benefit greatly by understanding creationists' motivations and strategies. These are thoroughly documented in Creationism's Trojan Horse"

"This is the definitive work on modern creationism, an exhaustively detailed and compelling exposure of the attempt – by the well-known process in nature called by biologists "aggressive mimicry" – to corrupt science in the service of sectarian religion. In the process, the book explores the larger and seemingly endless struggle between religion-based tribal values and science-based universal values."
– Edward O. Wilson, University Research Professor, Emeritus, Harvard University

"Creationism's Trojan Horse documents the disturbing movement to sneak religious dogma back into science education, driven by the vague fear that Americans can't handle the truth. Educators, scientists, and politicians would do well to understand this movement and its tactics, and this book is a superb and timely analysis."
– Steven Pinker, Johnston Professor, Harvard University, and author of How the Mind Works and The Blank Slate

"Intelligent Design 'theory' (ID) has been well described as Creationism in a cheap Tuxedo. One if its luminaries, we are told, has 'angrily denied that ID is stealth creationism.' He is right. There's no stealth about it. It is Creationism. Unfortunately, ID 'theorists' have a streetwise political professionalism to outweigh the amateurishness of their science, and we therefore cannot ignore them. Barbara Forrest and Paul Gross meticulously document their pretensions, destroy their arguments, and expose their true motivation. An excellent and sadly necessary book."
– Richard Dawkins, author of The Selfish Gene

"Read an account of the history of Intelligent Design and of the Discovery Institute [...] You can find a gold mine in Creationism's Trojan Horse"
Phi Delta Kappan


1: How the Wedge Began
2: The Wedge Document: A Design for Design
3: Searching for Science
4: Paleontology Lite and Copernican Discoveries
5: A Conspiracy Hunter and a Newton
6: Everything Except Science I
7: Everything Except Science II
8: Wedging Into Power Politics
9: Religion First - and Last

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Barbara Forrest is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Department of History and Government, Southeastern Louisiana University. Paul R. Gross is University Professor of Life Sciences at the University of Virginia (Emeritus).

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