Oz in the News 12.8.15


In Shadow of Oz, Biologist Wayne Rossiter Critiques Theistic Evolution  A new book, Shadow of Oz: Theistic Evolution and the Absent God, by Wayne Rossiter, offers a keen scientific, philosophical, and theological critique of theistic evolution. Rossiter, who holds a PhD in ecology and evolution from Rutgers, is an assistant biology professor at Waynesburg University. Because he has interests in both the scientific and the philosophical/theological dimensions of the debate over Darwinian evolution, Shadow of Oz is one of the most comprehensive books critiquing theistic evolution to date. The title is a reference to The Wizard of Oz, in which Dorothy is told that you can never see the “Wizard” and so she reasonably asks, “Well, then — how do you know there is one?” By analogy, Rossiter argues that theistic evolution gives no reasons to believe there is a God guiding nature. In his view, Darwinian evolution is the wrong way to describe nature.

Your Hometown: Historical Highlights of Mattydale  Mattydale is known for being the one time home of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum. Although Baum was born in Chittenango, he and his family resided for a number of years where Roxboro Road Middle School sits today. “Some of the Wizard of Oz historians can pinpoint items in the book that can be placed back to his time right here so, it’s probably a fact that people don’t necessarily know about Mattydale but I think is certainly an important part of the history,” said Nicotra.


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