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Trial and ErrorThe American Controversy Over Creation and Evolution$
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Edward J. Larson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195154719

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154719.001.0001

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Mandating Evolution

Mandating Evolution

The 1990s and Beyond

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Trial and Error

Edward J. Larson

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the ongoing efforts of evolutionists to consolidate their gains through state education standards. The 1987 US Supreme Court decision in Aguillard stalled the movement to inject creation science into the public education but it did not still the underlying controversy over teaching evolution. After 1990, University of California law professor Philip Johnson and his allies advanced the concept of “intelligent design” as scientific theory with a secular purpose suitable for inclusion in public education. Throughout the 1990s, the bedrock for anti-evolutionism in the US remains the biblical literalism of the Protestant fundamentalist church. Richard Dawkins, Dan Dennett, and Will Provine pushed the Darwinist assault on theism in popular books and public lectures.

Keywords:   Philip Johnson, intelligent design, fundamentalist church, biblical literalism, Richard Dawkins, Dan Dennett, Will Provine, Aguillard

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