Intelligent Design 101

When I opened up the package to find this book inside, I wondered if the release of this book and the documentary Expelled at roughly the same was a coincidence or not. Having asked the press agent at Kregel this question, I was assured that it was coincidence, and not intentional. Still, a very interesting coincidence. If people would like a one-stop resource to understand what the ID movement is all about, this is the book. The major players are here (including Michael Behe and Phillip Johnson, and a forward by William Dembski), and the major issues are addressed. Phillip Johnson (author of Darwin on Trial) argues that the main issue here is whether God had a role in the origin of the universe (pp. 28-29), in his article entitled “Bringing Balance to a Fiery Debate.”

J.P. Moreland, in his article entitled “Intelligent Design and the Nature of Science,” Moreland argues that anti-intelligent design arguments suffer from extremely bad philosophy (pg. 43). Darwinists nowadays cannot tell a philosophical claim without basis in observable fact from scientifically viable theses. In order to defend ID, therefore, ID proponents must be better philosophers than their opponents (quite aside from the obvious need for more scientific study).

Casey Luskin finds evidence of intelligent design in nature, in his article entitled “Finding Intelligent Design in Nature.” This is probably the most technical of the articles, and of the most interest to scientists looking for such evidence.

Michael Behe gives a summary of his arguments put forth in his book, Darwin’s Black Box, in his article of the same name.

Jay Richards asks the question “Why Are We Here?” which answers many philosophical questions concerning the implications of ID versus a naturalistic interpretation. Eddie Colanter furthers this line of reasoning, with special attention to bioethics. Wayne House burrows into the legal ramifications of the Scopes Trial, among other cases, and Luskin and Logan Gage round out the book with a detailed response to Francis Collins’s arguments on the common ancestry of apes and humans.   

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8 Comments

  1. Vern Crisler said,

    April 28, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    For good resources, see

    http://www.arn.org/authors/behe.html

  2. Steven Carr said,

    April 29, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Did you get the right link? When I clicked on your link to the book there was nothing there even remotely related to ID. Further proof for why you should stop this book linking nonsense and just tell us what the book is.

    Two great books to read on this topic are Douglas Kelly’s Creation and Change and John Byl’s God and Cosmos.

  3. greenbaggins said,

    April 29, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Oops, I think I accidentally linked a search page, instead of the actual page. It’s fixed now. And no, I want people to click on the link. If I tell people what the book is, then the natural laziness of people will click in, and then they will be less likely to buy the book. I can certainly see this trend with regard to click-throughs. It is clear as day. So, sorry, Steven, but I will not be taking your advice. :-)

  4. Steven Carr said,

    April 29, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    I have such an obsession with buying books that I don’t need you to link to the bookstore sight. All you need to tell me is that the book is a must read and most likely I’ll go out and buy it.:)

  5. Steven Carr said,

    April 29, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    site not sight…sigh…

  6. Ron said,

    April 30, 2008 at 9:01 am

    …still just a search page…

  7. greenbaggins said,

    April 30, 2008 at 9:23 am

    This is so wierd! It worked yesterday when I fixed it, but then it somehow magically transformed itself back into a search page. Fine. If Kregel’s website is that badly laid out, then I will reference people to Amazon. It should work now.

  8. Tom Albrecht said,

    April 30, 2008 at 11:58 am

    J.P. Moreland, in his article entitled “Intelligent Design and the Nature of Science,” Moreland argues that anti-intelligent design arguments suffer from extremely bad philosophy (pg. 43). Darwinists nowadays cannot tell a philosophical claim without basis in observable fact from scientifically viable theses. In order to defend ID, therefore, ID proponents must be better philosophers than their opponents (quite aside from the obvious need for more scientific study).

    In the movie Expelled, Ben Stein has a conversation with mathematician David Berlinski about this matter, especially as it relates to Richard Dawkins’ book The God Delusion. Berlinski makes the point that Dawkins lacks the basic tools of philosophy and metaphysics to argue the anti-theism position. It seems he is like a fish out of water, and his book is nothing but an illogical rant targeted at the true believers.

    It seems that, ultimately, the neo-Darwinists want to exercise complete control over not only science but all the academic disciplines.


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