Roy A(rthur) Gallant David E. Newton - Essay

David E. Newton

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Gallant's writing abilities are by this time well established, and [Astrology: Sense or Nonsense?] will do nothing to harm that reputation. He provides a thorough and a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to the complex subject of astrology. To my delight, he asks some penetrating questions about what it is that astrology can and cannot do. A fascinating book….

David E. Newton, "'Astrology: Sense or Nonsense?'" in Appraisal (copyright © 1975 by the Children's Science Book Review Committee), Vol. 8, No. 2, Spring, 1975, p. 20.

It's hard to know how to react to [How Life Began: Creation versus Evolution, a] purportedly impartial review of the creation/evolution controversy. First of all, though Gallant claims that he is not taking sides, and though he does allot considerable if not equal time to biochemist Duane Gish's creationist argument, he doesn't hesitate to give evolutionists the last word…. He also characterizes the politically powerful CRS [Creation Research Society] as "ultraconservative" and points out that "the vast majority of scientists today regard evolution through natural selection not as theory but as fact." (In fact, Gallant often seems to be playing the creationists' own game, citing the number of advanced degrees and Nobel prizes on his side in answer to their pathetic roster of hydraulic engineers and such.) But even without the pretense of objectivity, doesn't a pro-Darwin argument at this point take his opponents more seriously than their case and status warrants?… The answer of course is that same political power which Gallant notes has been sufficient to change a number of state laws. And it's on political terms that this has to be judged—depending on whether you interpret his "on the other hand" approach as giving in to the pressure or the best way to resist it … or maybe simply on your degree of pessimism.

"Young Adult Non-Fiction: 'How Life Began: Creation versus Evolution'," in Kirkus Reviews (copyright © 1975 The Kirkus Service, Inc.), Vol. XLIII, No. 21, November 1, 1975, p. 1242.