Antony Alumkal is Associate Professor of Sociology of Religion at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. He is the author of Asian American Evangelical Churches: Race, Ethnicity, and Assimilation in the Second Generation.
Paranoid Science is a reliable and insightful guide to the fever swamps of evangelical science denial. A gripping, disturbing, and important contribution. -Glenn Branch,Deputy Director, National Center for Science Education This is a volume for those who seek a better understanding of the US's contemporary cultural conflict. -Choice Through extensive research, Alumkal provides a rich, nuanced, and detailed view of mid-20th-century American evangelicalism's right-wing political expression and its often dangerous impact on science in the service of the common good. His conclusions indicate that when such a powerful paranoia cannot be deescalated, it must be contained. Education and persuasion are the tools for change, and Alumkal's book succeeds in both respects. -Publishers Weekly A small but highly organized network of conservative Christians maintains a successful pseudo-scientific campaign to challenge established scientific topics including evolution, sexual orientation, bioethics, and climatology that they find threatening to their worldview. Alumkal's unflinching critical analysis of their popular writings and educational media provides an excellent window into the political culture and theological motivations, mindsets and machinations within this movement. Fit for the times, Paranoid Science is engaging reading that elucidates the extent to which religious motivations can distort scientific inquiry for political ends. -Jerry Z. Park,Associate Professor of Sociology, Baylor University Alumkal's book is troubling and eye-opening. -Church & State Particularly in today's America, where science, religion, and politics seem so inflammatory, Alumkal's calm voice of reason has much to offer. -Catholic Library World Paranoid Science offers valuable insights about the ability of religious and scientific interests to rally public support and potentially influence public policy. It will be of interest to sociologist who study religion, science, social movements and to those interested in any of the four historical episodes that organize the book's empirical chapters. -Sociology of Religion Alumkal shows that hostility toward science -- including a kind of fearful contempt toward scientists -- is fairly palpable. -Inside Higher Ed Particularly in today's America, where science, religion, and politics seem so inflammatory, Alumkal's calm voice of reason has much to offer. Recommended for all libraries. -Catholic Library World