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Laura M. Bolt

In: 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 60: Evolution/Creation Controversy

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Evolution/Creation Controversy
Evolution/creation controversy

The evolution/creation controversy is an acrimonious debate that has been ongoing since 1859, particularly in the United States of America. This debate contrasts the biological theory of evolution with a literal interpretation of the creation story in the Judeo-Christian Bible, asserting these views as incompatible. Although largely about the validity of the biological theory of evolution, this debate also encompasses subjects ranging from cosmology through geology to physics. The media has so sensationalized this debate that it is important to set aside common misconceptions about the nature of this controversy to view it from a broader perspective. The theory of evolution has long been widely adopted by the world's scientific community. Evolution has been taught without dispute in most of the world's ...

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