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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801065631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801065637
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

What started as a debate among scientists has become a full-scale public battle.

In this sequel to his award-winning Doubts about Darwin, Thomas Woodward traces the struggle that has emerged as the two sides wrestle with questions of the origin of life. Woodward answers these questions and more:

• Who are the key players on each side, and what contributions have they made?
• How has the debate developed, and where is it headed in the future?
• What conclusions can we draw about our origins based on the scientific evidence?

There is no better guide to help you navigate this important debate.


"Darwin Strikes Back tells the thrilling story of how the Darwinian establishment has summoned all its power to crush the frightening challenge of the Intelligent Design Movement, and how the rebels are not only surviving but gaining new strength as we respond to the onslaught. Highly recommended."--Phillip E. Johnson, emeritus professor of law, University of California, Berkeley; author, Darwin on Trial

"Taking the reader behind the headlines, Thomas Woodward--the premier historian of the Intelligent Design Movement--analyzes crucial developments of the past decade."--Michael J. Behe, department of biology, Lehigh University

"The controversy over Darwinism and Intelligent Design signals a major scientific and social revolution. Everyone who wants to understand it should read this timely and well-written book."--Jonathan Wells, author, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design

"My friend Tom Woodward is one of the most effective and articulate chroniclers of Intelligent Design in America today. This excellent work will clear away some of the fog of confusion spread by Darwinists, and give you solid, useable information to defend Intelligent Design. A very valuable resource in one of the most consequential debates of our times."--Chuck Colson, founder and chairman, Prison Fellowship


Thomas Woodward (Ph.D., University of South Florida) is a professor at Trinity College of Florida, where he teaches the history of science, communication, and systematic theology. He is founder and director of the C. S. Lewis Society and lectures in universities on scientific, apologetic, and religious topics. The author of the award-winning Doubts about Darwin, Woodward is an avid astronomer and has been published in Christianity Today and other periodicals.

About the Author

Thomas Woodward (Ph.D., University of South Florida) is a professor at Trinity College of Florida, where he teaches the history of science, communication, and systematic theology. He is founder and director of the C. S. Lewis Society and lectures in universities on scientific, apologetic, and religious topics. The author of the award-winning Doubts about Darwin, Woodward is an avid astronomer and has been published in Christianity Today and other periodicals. He lives in Dunedin, Florida.

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135 of 157 people found the following review helpful By Fritz R. Ward TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 10, 2006
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It is not often that scientific debates generate intense public interest and commentary. The American public is fascinated by scientific advances and debates (how to classify Pluto, for example) but generally does not feel the need to elect school board members who support teaching specific theories and ideas. Intelligent Design, a broad category of ideas that suggests chance and natural law are insufficient to explain all that we encounter in nature is an exception to this rule. Not only is it hotly contested within scientific circles, but it also results in intense political debate within the general population. The main reason for this is that both evolution and intelligent design have theological implications that extend well beyond the scientific issues themselves. Moreover, debates even within science about intelligent design often seem more acrimonious than normal scientific dialogue. They include character assassination, charges and counter charges of poor science, and claims that one or the other side is faking evidence. For those who are interested in following a blow by blow account of this debate from the 1980s to the present, Thomas Woodward's book is a good start. He honestly admits he is writing from the prospective of one who is convinced by the claims of intelligent design, but as an historian he does a decent job of representing the arguments of key players in the debate and an excellent job of pointing his readers to other (and more complete) sources so they can read the literature directly for themselves.

'Darwin Strikes Back' is meant to complement Woodward's previous study, 'Doubts about Darwin' in which he chronicled the rise of the Intelligent Design Movement and which focused mostly on the writings of Philip Johnson.
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32 of 44 people found the following review helpful By John Fulginiti III on January 27, 2007
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In this the second in a series of books, author Tom Woodward sets out to document the battle raging over the Intelligent Design movement. Many have heard about ID in a tangential way, through the media. Now and again fights with Darwinists flare up and reach the popular consciousness. What Dr. Woodward presents is a trenchant documentation of the conflict between Darwinism and the Intelligent Design movement, a battle being waged at many levels behind the scenes. It would seem to belong only in the halls of academia. The reality is that it involves all levels of society, and the stakes are high.

Darwinian evolution is the reigning paradigm in the biological sciences and in fact has affected our cultural thinking in all social spheres. How we think about ourselves, our futures, the education of our children, where our tax dollars go all these questions and many more like them are greatly influenced by the evolutionary model. ID is challenging that paradigm. The evidence of that is set out for the reader in an engaging fashion in this very readable book. This is not a dispassionate correspondence by a casual observer. Rather, Dr. Woodward is clear where his allegiance lies. His enthusiasm comes out on every page. The writing style is clear; the scientific arguments are laid out well, and the insiders view is obvious. I especially appreciated the rhetorical analysis he is able to bring to bear in this discussion. His training as a rhetorician is obvious and is a strength of the work. Resources for further study are discussed. All of this makes for a compelling read to anyone interested in this debate. My interest was piqued to find out more about certain aspects of the debate, for instance, the Cambrian explosion.
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62 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Akin on November 19, 2006
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I have previously read Dr. Woodward's excellent history of the Intelligent Design Movement (IDM), Doubts About Darwin, and I am also somewhat familiar with what has transpired in the last decade on both sides of this crucial debate. I term it a crucial debate due to the extra-scientific ramifications of its outcome on the cultures of the world.

In Darwin Strikes Back, Woodward not only documents the response of Darwinian evolutionists to the assault in the 1980's and 1990's on their control of the science and education establishments, but he also sets forth the recent scientific evidence that will inevitably lead to the collapse of macroevolution (molecules to man) as a viable hypothesis. While their response to IDM has been somewhat evident through the media's distorted coverage of the debate, the compelling scientific evidence contra Darwinism has not been accurately disclosed to the public. This easy read sets forth with clarity much of that information, utilizing analogies that enable the lay person to easily grasp the scientific information presented.

In chapter five, Woodward revisits Dr. Michael Behe's key 1996 book on irreducible complexity (IC), Darwin's Black Box, which has been under serious assault since it was released. He demonstrates that, despite what the scientific and educational elite would lead you to believe, ten years of critiques of IC and further research have actually strengthened IC as a valid argument that speaks directly to one of Darwin's risky predictions in Origin of Species.

Chapter seven effectively addresses the relatively recent findings regarding the Cambrian "explosion" in the fossil record. Here complex creatures appear fully formed with no precursors and remain virtually unchanged until the present or extinction.
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