The Battle of Beginnings

The Battle of Beginnings

Why Neither Side Is Winning the Creation-Evolution Debate

by Del Ratzsch

The Battle of Beginnings
  • Length: 248 pages
  • Published: January 17, 1996
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  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-1529-6
  • Item Code: 1529
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  • Voted one of Christianity Today's 1997 Books of the Year

Creation versus evolution. The debate is growing louder and hotter--whether in lecture halls or in between the pages of bestselling books. But neither side seems to be winning. Why?

In The Battle of Beginnings Del Ratzsch examines the history of the debate and critiques the entrenched positions that he argues merely impede progress toward the truth. Dissatisfied with both creationist fallacies and materialist misconstruals, he seeks to lay the groundwork for more fruitful dialogue.

In considerable detail Ratzsch looks at the history and development of Darwin's theory and common creationist misunderstandings of evolution. He then moves on to examine the history and development of creationist theory and pervasive evolutionist misunderstandings of it. He also discusses the nature of science and common creationist and evolutionist abuses as a prelude to showing why both sides have remained critical of theistic evolution.

Above all, Ratzsch argues that until philosophical confusion, logical missteps and various other snarls have been untangled, little real progress can be made in sorting out competing theories of life and its origin. With this book he challenges and equips all of us to think more clearly.


1. Introduction
2. Darwin: The Historical Context
3. Darwin's Theory: A Brief Introduction
4. Darwin's Theory: Popular Creationist Misunderstandings
5. Twentieth-Century Creationism: The Historical Context
6. Creationist Theory: A Brief Introduction
7. Creationist Theory: Popular Evolutionist Misunderstandings
8. Philosophy of Science: Twentieth-Century Background
9. The Nature of Science: A Contemporary Perspective
10. The Nature of Science: Popular Creationist Mistakes
11. The Nature of Science: Popular Anticreationist Mistakes
12. Theistic Evolution: Catching It from Both Sides
13. Conclusion



Del Ratzsch

Del Ratzsch earned a PhD in philosophy at the University of Massachusetts. He is professor of philosophy at Calvin College and author of The Philosophy of Science, as well as several other books. Much of Ratzsch's work over the last seventeen years at Calvin College has sought to relate science and religion (and more recently creation and evolution) in a way that is philosophically informed, scientifically defensible and theologically meaningful. Although Ratzsch is optimistic that design theory can avoid past mistakes in the creation-evolution controversy, he stresses that fundamental clarifying work remains to be done in this area.

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