Darwinism vs creationism: a very American conflict

Monday 12 October 2009

Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester, 5.30 till 7pm

A British Society for the History of Science public lecture, hosted by the

Manchester Museum and Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

(CHSTM), University of Manchester.

By the time of Charles Darwin’s death, many Christians had come to terms with

the troubling religious implications of natural selection. Yet today the idea of

a conflict between Darwinism and faith seems to be stronger than ever. Thomas

Dixon explains how the culture, law, and politics of the USA helped to create a

confrontation between evolution and Christian creationism in the second half of

the twentieth century.

Thomas Dixon’s book Science and Religion: a Very Short Introduction (2008) was

recently awarded the 2009 Dingle Prize of the British Society for the History of

Science. He is Senior Lecturer in History at Queen Mary, University of London.