CHARLES AND EMMA: THE DARWINS' LEAP OF FAITH -- an engaging exploration of history, science, and religion for young readers
Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman (2009, Henry Holt and Co.; 281 pages)
Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species, his revolutionary tract on evolution and the fundamental ideas involved, in 1859. Nearly 150 years later, the theory of evolution continues to create tension between the scientific and religious communities. Challenges about teaching the theory of evolution in schools occur annually all over the country. This same debate raged within Darwin himself, and played an important part in his marriage: his wife, Emma, was quite religious, and her faith gave Charles a lot to think about as he worked on a theory that continues to spark intense debates. This 2009 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature is a thought-provoking biographical account of the personal life of the man behind evolutionary theory. Deborah Heiligman makes a connection between Darwin's work and his personal life, and how each affected the other. This is a fascinating exploration of history, religion, and science for young readers and also for adults.
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