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Among the CreationistsDispatches from the Anti-Evolutionist Frontline$
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Jason Rosenhouse

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744633

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744633.001.0001

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An Introduction to Evolution

An Introduction to Evolution

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(p.31) 6 An Introduction to Evolution
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Among the Creationists
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Jason Rosenhouse

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744633.003.0006

This chapter provides a primer on evolution, first by discussing those aspects of evolution that are most relevant to disputes with proponents of creationism. In particular, it considers two of the processes driving evolution: natural selection and genetic drift. It also explains natural selection as the process through which alleles conferring reproductively advantageous traits increase their frequency. The dispute between creationists and evolutionists arises when we pass from observable processes in the present to the broad sweep of natural history. The grand claim of evolution, rejected by creationists, is that the diversity of modern life is the result of natural processes like selection and drift operating over long periods of time, starting from an ancient population of unicellular, bacteria-like organisms. The chapter also notes one aspect of evolution that seems to cause particular difficulty: the complex nature of living organisms, as exemplified by the eyes or wings.

Keywords:   evolution, natural selection, genetic drift, alleles, creationists, evolutionists, natural history, creationism, living organisms

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