:: Thursday, March 17, 2005 ::
::This post is part of the Evolution/ID Correspondence Series::
Some information on the monster PDF that Doug the creationist sent me: it's called The Evolution Cruncher and it's by Vance Ferrell, BA, MA (no science, I notice). It's published by Evolution Facts, Inc., which appears to be an imprint of Harvestime Books (or perhaps it's the other way 'round), and is copyright 2001. The publisher's website is http://evolution-facts.org/ and is blatantly creationist. Besides focusing on creationsm, the publisher also offers "Alternative Medicine" books, which are also crap because they don't have any scientifically conducted studies to back them up. Somehow, I'm not surprised to see the same publisher involved in the two areas.
Even though I've only gotten to the second page of the PDF, I've found something I really don't like. In order to promote the book, it advocates that people sell it for profit. It also suggests giving "boxfuls to church schools, academies, and churches to distribute."
I'd like to call your attention to the middle of those three groups. While I myself graduated from an academy, down in the Southern US schools named "academies" serve a very different purpose. They were founded following the Brown v. Board decision in the 1950s. As many southern Whites didn't want their children to go to school with Black children, they pulled the kids out of the public schools and sent them to the academies instead. Many of these academies still exist, and that the author endorses such institutions as part of his normal readership leaves me doubtful about his moral moral character. I know this has nothing to do with the arguements involved, but I still don't like it.
:: The Squire 12:51 AM :: email this post :: ::