Did you ever have a discussion with someone, usually someone disdainful of science, maybe one who believes in the literal Genesis story, and you found yourself feeling frustrated at not being able to adequately explain to them the theory of evolution? When you try to explain to them the way evolution works, they throw back at you ignorant Christian apologetics, such as “Evolution is just a theory” or “Evolution cannot explain the eye” or “I believe in micro-evolution, but not macro-evolution” (as if belief is relevant to or helps one to understand science), or similar nonsense? Well, feel frustrated no more!
The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) has made available portions of many books about evolution, so that you can refer the creationist thorn-in-your-side to them instead of having to waste your time trying to debate him.
- The Illustrated Origin of the Species, by Charles Darwin (only small samples of various pages which gives you a flavor of the book, and send you to the bookstore for the entire volume).
- Chapter 10 of Carl Zimmer’s Tangled Bank.
- Douglas Futuyma’s Evolution, 2nd Ed.
- Evidence of Evolution by Susan Middleton and Mary Ellen Hannibal (lots of pictures and diagrams for the verbally challenged).
- Douglas Palmer’s Evolution: The Story of Life
- A children’s book, Evolution: How We and all Living Things Came To Be. (This one might be particularly useful with the thick of skull.)
- Rapture Ready! by Daniel Radosh; and
- Eugenie Scott’s Evolution vs. Creationism, 2nd Ed.
Now, as noted, these are not the full books, but there’s a lot in here that can be used to debunk even the dumbest creationist argument. And even if you don’t need them for that? Just enjoy them.
Knowledge for the sake of knowledge isn’t a bad thing.