Science is on the defensive. Half of Americans reject the theory of evolution and "Intelligent Design"campaigns are gaining ground. Classroom by classroom, creationism is overthrowing biology.
In Why Darwin Matters, Michael Shermer explains how the newest brand of creationism appeals to our predisposition to look for a designer behind life's complexity. Shermer decodes the scientific evidence to show that evolution is not "just a theory" and illustrates how it achieves the design of life through the bottom-up process of natural selection. Shermer, once an evangelical Christian and a creationist, argues that Intelligent Design proponents are invoking a combination of bad science, political antipathy, and flawed theology. He refutes their pseudoscientific arguments and then demonstrates why conservatives and people of faith can and should embrace evolution. He then appraises the evolutionary questions that truly need to be settled, building an argument for science itself.
Cutting the politics away from the facts, Why Darwin Matters is an examination of what is at stake in the debate over evolution.