From: Lauren Jackson
My name is Lauren Jackson and I wanted to provide feedback on your
I'm not sure if you're the right person to contact, but I wanted to
tell you that since I have been working on creating some new articles
about the evolution and creationism debate, your page was a great
source of information.
As a thank you, I thought I would pass along this additional
resource I have been using as well in case you were looking to add more
to your page. I have been using material from this page, http://www.guidetoonlineschools.com/library/evolution-and-creationism.
It has a ton of great creationism and evolution resources that you and
your users may find useful!
Thanks Again :)
I’m glad you found some of the material in my discussion with Mr.
Nitardy useful. Also, thanks for the link to the evolution and
creationism site. I looked through it for a little while and it
looks like a very good resource. If you’re not already familiar
with them, Richard Dawkins’ books (most recently “The Greatest Show on
Earth”) are excellent sources of information about evolution and the
controversies around it, and I’d particularly recommend Kenneth
Miller’s book “Finding Darwin’s God.”
One thing that troubles me in the evolution debate is that so
often the actual evidence for evolution often gets lost in abstract
debates about things like legalities, what is considered science, and
compatibility between science and religion. If I were someone
with modest knowledge of biology who tended to trust religious sources,
this might strike me as a bunch of authorities with an agenda trying to
force their opinion on me. But if people had any idea of the
quantity and quality of evidence evolution is based on, I expect all
but a handful of the most diehard fanatics would have no trouble
accepting evolution. Unfortunately the evidence is complex enough
that it can’t be reduced to the bumper sticker level that too often
passes for debate, but most of it could be easily understood by any
high school student willing to put in some time examining it.
Dawkins’ books tend to be long and detailed and he is known as an
atheist advocate, so he probably doesn’t win many converts though he is
a great source of information. But Kenneth Miller (a key witness
at the Dover, PA trial) believes in God (he’s Catholic) but tackles the
creationist arguments head-on with clear and devastating
evidence. Even in the second half of the book where he is saying
evolution is consistent with religion (I don’t necessarily agree), he
continues to demolish creationist/intelligent design claims.
Thanks for writing!