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The Evolutionary Tales: Rhyme And Reason On Creation/evolution

by Ronald L. Ecker

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Heinrich K. Eichhorn, professor of astronomy, University of Florida, letter to author, 1993
"A masterpiece. . . . (It) should be required reading in every high-school science course."

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Third edition. Ten fictional experts swap commentaries, in rhymed iambic pentameter verse, on evolutionary theory and creationism. Eight scientists and a philosopher tell nine "tales"--lively verse essays in their fields of specialization--about evolutionary theory ("All have descended from a common source," / As Darwin summarized, "and in the course / Of that descent have all been modified") and the pseudoscientific nature of "creation science" and "intelligent design" (with a young-Earth creationist saying of evolution, "Darwin was the conduit / For this great lie, the devil made him do it"). The concluding Scholar's Tale then seeks to reconcile evolution and creation from a religious perspective. Comprehensive notes, bibliography, and index make this third edition of THE EVOLUTIONARY TALES a handy creation/evolution reference source as well as an informative entertainment.

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In this rhymed-verse parody of THE CANTERBURY TALES, ten experts (eight scientists, a philosopher, and a Bible scholar) tell ten "tales"--lively verse essays in their fields of specialization--about the overwhelming evidence for evolution and the pseudoscientific nature of "creation science." The Bible scholar, who has the last word, makes the point that evolution and creation--shorn of fundamentalist biblical literalism--need not be incompatible concepts. With extensive notes, bibliography, and index, THE EVOLUTIONARY TALES is a valuable reference source on creation/evolution as well as an informative entertainment.

About the Author
Ronald L. Ecker received his B.A. in English at the University of Florida, and served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru. He earned a Master of Library Science degree at Florida State University, and did postgraduate work in biblical studies at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School. He worked for several years as a librarian at Barry University and with the state of Florida. He is now a full-time writer. His other books include the DICTIONARY OF SCIENCE AND CREATIONISM and AND ADAM KNEW EVE: A DICTIONARY OF SEX IN THE BIBLE. His complete modern-English translation (with Eugene J. Crook) of Chaucer's THE CANTERBURY TALES is a widely adopted text in college and university literature courses.

Excerpted from Evolutionary Tales : Rhyme and Reason on Creation/Evolution by Ronald L. Ecker. Copyright © 1996. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved
When in their own sweet time all species tend
To overpropagate, then comes the end
For many individuals who find
That they are not among the fittest kind;
For as resources then are limited,
Survivors are those born to get ahead,
Selected through genetic variation
(Always occurring during procreation
And as mutations randomly arise);
Genetic change can be a nice surprise
If it's adaptive, giving the advantage,
In hard or changing times, to lines that manage,
By this genetic edge, and so survive;
And since it is the fittest left alive,
They will, of course, leave far more progeny
Than could the less adapted; there will be
Successive generations who receive
Those advantageous genes, and will conceive
Recombinations of their own; and so
Life keeps adapting as the ages go
Along, as reproduction, variation,
Environment, and time bring the creation
Of constant evolutionary change.



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