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Science & Education

, Volume 24, Issue 7–8, pp 815–820 | Cite as

Religion, Misallodoxy and the Teaching of Evolution: The Influence of Michael Matthews

  • Michael Ruse
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In the course of my life, I have had four or five really good academic friends. I remember and honor them for their wisdom, their knowledge, and above all for their integrity. This short, personal essay is intended to show why I count Michael Matthews in this number.

My mother was a schoolteacher. My father was a school bursar. So I lived my early life in a school atmosphere, both during the day and at nights and weekends. I would think about once a month some well-meaning person would ask me about what I hoped to be when I grew up, and inevitably, they would ask whether I wanted to be a schoolteacher—those that did not assume automatically that that was what I wanted to be. I can say honestly that from my earliest days I very emphatically did not want to be a schoolteacher, and now that I am in my seventy-fifth year I still cannot imagine anything I want less. It is one of those jobs like being an undertaker or a proctologist, which I know are socially necessary but which I am glad to...

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Science Education Popular Science American Civil Liberty Darwinian Revolution Scope Trial 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Florida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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