- Title Pages
- List of Figures
- 1 Studies in Insularity
- 2 Showdown at Subway
- 3 The Prospects for Agreeable Disagreements
- 4 How I Got Here
- 5 My Problems with Religion
- 6 An Introduction to Evolution
- 7 An Introduction to Creationism
- 8 Literalism and Other Canards
- 9 Browsing the Bookstore
- 10 The Best Evidence That God Created
- 11 Fossils, Human and Otherwise
- 12 On Information
- 13 Movies and Television
- 14 The Marginality of Genesis 1
- 15 Intelligent Design vs. Young-Earth Creationism
- 16 Rhetorical Legerdemain
- 17 Conversion Stories
- 18 On Religious Experience
- 19 Creation as Fishtank
- 20 Methodological Naturalism
- 21 Irreducible Complexity
- 22 Creation Cinema
- 23 Creation and Corruption
- 24 Groaning under the Curse
- 25 From Catastrophe to Consummation
- 26 What Does Genesis Mean?
- 27 Theological Phlogiston
- 28 Why I Love Being Jewish
- 29 Building the Creation Model
- 30 Inevitable Humans?
- 31 Unpleasantness
- 32 Conversations in Bookstores
- 33 Is the Earth at the Center of the Universe?
- 34 Things I Learned at the Banquet
How I Got Here
How I Got Here
- (p.16) 4 How I Got Here
- Among the Creationists
- Oxford University Press
In this chapter, the author presents some relevant biographical information about how a nonreligious mathematician like him developed an interest in evolution and creationism as well as his general views toward science and religion. He recalls listening to the preaching of the Christian evangelist Luis Palau while he was a graduate student in mathematics at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Another incident that he remembers was when the Dartmouth student newspaper published an essay in its opinion section claiming that evolution was not only fallacious as a scientific theory, but was also a tool of Satan. He decided to learn more about evolution and creationism by reading books and articles. He came to understand the extent to which the creationists had distorted both the evidence for evolution and the views of scientists regarding it.
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