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.