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Joe Truett

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520258396

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520258396.001.0001

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Science and Faith

Science and Faith

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(p.12) Three Science and Faith
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Grass
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JOE C. TRUETT

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520258396.003.0003

This chapter narrates how the author has been influenced by Frederic E. Clements, an ecologist who developed a theory of community ecology. According to Clements, a plant community resembles in some ways a community of people, consisting of plants that coexist and interact. He called this theory community succession, in which each plant community started from bare ground and over time the community advances through a series of successional stages until finally it enters into the climax. Many ecologists in Clements's day believed that nature strived constantly toward climax, the ultimate endpoint, guided by an Invisible Hand or Divine Purpose. Philosophers have called this view determinism while some people now might call it Creationism. At the height of Clements's influence in the mid-1900s, ecologist Frank Egler criticized the unquestioning acceptance of succession theory, however, Clements's views prevailed for most of the century.

Keywords:   Frederic E. Clements, community ecology, community succession, determinism, Creationism, Frank Egler

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