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Exploring Creation with Biology Hardcover – Jan 1 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 594 pages
  • Publisher: Apologia Educational Ministries; 2nd edition (Jan. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932012540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932012545
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.8 x 4.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #341,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x99c199c0) out of 5 stars 77 reviews
106 of 122 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99b02a44) out of 5 stars A rebuttal Feb. 6 2012
By Bridget B. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I see a lot of negative re
views about how unprepared a student will be for college level science by using this text. I have a son who is a very "non-science" type person. He read this book cover to cover and then was able to "clep" out of 8 hours of college level Biology courses at a secular college. He did not use anything else to help him prepare for the CLEP other than this book. So, it must have enough factual information in it to give the student a well-rounded understanding of Biology.
49 of 57 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99f6e468) out of 5 stars Great College Preparation Oct. 9 2009
By Lee Binz - Published on Amazon.com
Apologia is a very rigorous college prep series. I don't usually recommend specific curriculum, because I know it's all about "fit" more than a textbook. When it comes to science, though, I had such success with the curriculum we used, that I really do recommend it - even to my clients that are not Christian.

I know it for a fact that Apologia is a great college preparation because Alex (my non-scientist son) was able to pass a CLEP in Biology 3 years after taking Apologia Biology at home. He earned a 4.0 in Engineering Physics in college after taking Apologia Physics. Remember, he is NOT my science major. I made him take that engineering physics at community college with his brother, because he was too young to take a class by himself. So he learned well from the books even though he didn't "love" science. Apologia is GREAT stuff.

I know for a fact that Apologia is great college preparation because my son Kevin is an electrical engineering major in college. He still refers to his Apologia Physics book now and then. He used Apologia Chemistry over the summer, to review for a class he was taking. He has reviewed his physics book frequently. It's been one of my "best buys" for curriculum, because they have literally used them for 5 years. Kevin has a fabulous GPA in engineering, and I believe it is in part because he was so well prepared with Apologia Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

If you want to make Apologia even MORE rigorous, it is possible. You can go through a book in a semester instead of a year, and make it an AP course if you want, but it's not necessary at all, just an option. I have heard of some "college prep" AP classes that actually take a child 5 hours a day to complete. That would be so frustrating to spend 5 hours a day on one class! One mother was letting core subjects in reading, writing and math slide, just so her child could get an AP Chemistry credit. That's a lot of work for not a lot of benefit. It's easier to keep your subjects at the level of your children when they do it at home with a homeschool curriculum.

Apologia is a self-teaching homeschool curriculum, so kids can learn it on their own, and moms don't have to know what they are doing in order to be successful. That's a big deal, because I didn't have a clue about physics, and barely was able to keep up with the chemistry.

Yes, absolutely Apologia is college prep. It's not perfect, because no curriculum is perfect. All textbooks have typos- ALL of them - and I'm sure someone could find a flaw in these books like you can find a flaw in every book. Still it's great preparation, and I recommend it even for my clients that aren't Christian.

Lee Binz, The HomeScholar
40 of 47 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a0e7108) out of 5 stars Not for non-Christians Aug. 24 2012
By Destination Freedom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book was specifically written for Christian homeschooling. If you are an atheist you will not like it. The labs are excellent but to get the full value from them you will need to purchase a microscope, a slide kit, and a dissection kit.

I have a biology degree and have found no factual errors in this text. However if you do not believe in creationism you will find plenty to complain about. This book will prepare your high school student for college level classes. I highly recommend the entire Apologia curriculum.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a077378) out of 5 stars Using it for school Aug. 20 2013
By 2girls4mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My daughter, who is a sophomore, is using this book in her upcoming Biology and lab class. Several teachers have recommended it. In addition, I know several kids who have taken this course and then did very well on the SAT subject matter tests.
37 of 52 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99abe4d4) out of 5 stars An unapologetically biased and inaccurate textbook Feb. 12 2014
By Sarah R. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I echo the opinions of many of the other one-star reviews. 1st and foremost: this book deliberately presents falsehood as scientific truth, including inaccurate data with no referenced sources. For example, the graphs of global temperature in the section on global warming. 2nd: it presents (or invents) controversial issues and then encourages students to decide for themselves; however, the arguments for and against are incomplete and inaccurate, thus heavily biased. For example, the section on the geologic record claims that scientists have no way to know the ages of fossils, then omits any discussion of isotopic dating. 3rd: There are substantial, confusing errors, such as incorrectly defining the term "allele" and then using that term incorrectly for most of the module (aka chapter) but correctly (!) for the last section of the module.

I am a devout Christian with an interdisciplinary science degree (B.S.) from Stanford University. My upper level coursework focused on the Biosphere. I am appalled at the content of this book, and will not use it again. I would much rather teach students from a text with accurate scientific information and modify it to fit my Christian beliefs, than use blatantly inaccurate scientific information that leaves parents and students unable to distinguish between the author's personal religious beliefs and modern science.