Author pits evolution against creationism
By STUART LAIDLAW - THESTAR (TORONTO)
Added: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 23:00:00 UTC
Thanks to Helena for the link.
Richard Dawkins' new opus isn't so much a book as ammunition.
Unrelentingly scientific, occasionally dry, sometimes angry, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution was written to arm evolutionists with evidence to counter creationists who argue the world was made in six days by God, Dawkins says.
"I've written about evolution before," he says on the phone from London, England.
"But I've always rather assumed the evidence for it and never actually laid out the evidence for the reader in its totality. And that's what this book is."
Dawkins, an evolutionary biologist, will be in Toronto next week to kick off his North American tour for the book – officially released today in Canada and the U.S. It came out two weeks ago in Britain, where it opened at the top of the Sunday Times bestseller list.
He became a household name three years ago with the release of his atheist polemic The God Delusion. That book, along with bestsellers by Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris, fuelled an often bitter debate between believers and non-believers.
With his new book, Dawkins directly takes on an issue that he has only touched on in previous publications – evolution.
The scientific theory for the origin and development of life on Earth is under threat, Dawkins writes, due to creationists insisting that Bible-based ideas be given equal weight in classrooms.
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