Probably not, but it’s going to get one. I have just signed a contract with Oxford University Press for a book based on my experiences at creationist conferences. It’s not going to be an easy book to write, but it should be a fun project.
The basic outline looks like this:
Section one will be based on my experiences at the Creation MegaConference at Liberty University in 2005. Section two will use the Darwin and Design conference I attended in Knoxville in 2007 to introduce ID. Generally speaking, the emphasis in these two sections will be on the scientific aspects of the issue.
Section three will discuss my various visits to the Creation Museum. Section four will discuss the International Conference on Creationism which I attended in Pittsburgh last year. In these last two sections the general focus will be on religious topics.
Throughout the idea is to use anecdotes and personal experiences as lead-ins to the more substantive issues. Hopefully this will be a more engaging presentation than the more familiar lecture-format of books on these subjects.
I might include a fifth major section discussing the science and religion sessions I attended at the big paleontology conference earlier this summer. It would make a nice contrast to the more simplistic view of the subject presented by creationists, and it fits well with the general conference theme of the book. (Okay, granted, the Museum is not a conference. But it’s certainly the same kind of thing.) OUP is giving me 100,000 words to splash around in (roughly 250 pages), so I’ll have to see what I have space for.
The working title: Among the Creationists: Dispatches From the Anti-Evolution Frontline. I’m not completely happy with the subtitle (I like the title though), so feel free to suggest others.
Alas, this book will probably not be published until early 2011, so this might be the last you hear of it for a while. I am a painfully slow writer, and I am definitely going to want to get lots of feedback on the first draft before handing it in. Still, it’s a book I’ve been eager to write for some time, and I’m looking forward to really digging into it.