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Marketing Intelligent Design: Law and the Creationist Agenda Paperback – December 31, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0521360326 ISBN-10: 0521360323 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (December 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521360323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521360326
  • ASIN: 0521139260
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,595,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Law, religion, and science-they all swirl together in debates over the teaching of intelligent design (ID) and evolution. ID advocates insist that public school teachers should be required to teach ID whenever they teach evolution. Frank Ravitch brings his vast knowledge of these debates to bear in Marketing Intelligent Design and leaves the ID argument in tatters. With incisive arguments and historical understanding, Professor Ravitch demonstrates that the ID position is no more than an imaginative marketing campaign that repackages previous attacks on the teaching of evolution. But the substance of the attack is the same, and Ravitch shows why it must fail."
- Stephen M. Feldman
Jerry W. Housel/Carl F. Arnold Distinguished Professor of Law and Adjunct
Professor of Political Science, University of Wyoming



"Marketing Intelligent Design is an interdisciplinary feast. Frank Ravitch adroitly marches through issues of law, evolutionary biology, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, biblical interpretation, and the tactics associated with the Intelligent Design Movement. The result is an articulate and stinging indictment of Intelligent Design on all fronts. This is an important book."
- Steven H. Shiffrin
Author of The Religious Left and Church-State Relations
Charles Frank Reavis, Sr., Professor of Law Cornell University

Book Description

This book presents a philosophical and legal argument that intelligent design (ID) does not meet the standards of scientific rigor and functions only as a well-designed marketing plan aimed at imposing a theistic naturalism in schools and scientific discourse. It demonstrates the compatibility between religion and evolutionary biology and the incompatibility between ID and mainstream science.

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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Donald J. Weinshank on January 11, 2011
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Marketing Intelligent Design: Law and the Creationist Agenda

I've battled the Creationism /Intelligent Design folks for many years. Every case in which they have argued that science cannot explain scientific evidence has been overwhelmingly disproved, Worst of all, Intelligent Design is the "answer" to all complex scientific questions, even before they are asked. The I.D. folks would gut science of its stringent application of investigative rules.

I have looked forward for a long time to reading this book by my colleague.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Professor on February 19, 2012
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It is clear that Lawyer Ravitch does not like those persons who find major problems with orthodox Darwinism, and wants a state enforced censorship of their views in public schools. This book is almost totally a review of the polemics written against critics of Darwinism, and little evidence exists that the author did much, if any, reading of the writings of those he criticizes in his book. He over and over equates Darwin critics' ideas, such as Iirreducible complexity, with astrology, alchemy, the ether theory, UFOlogy, the Flying Spaghetti Monster and even Mad magazine (page 54)!

He argues in his book that Intelligent Design (ID) is religion and, therefore, should not be taught in state supported schools. The fact is, it is now widely taught in American schools. As has been well documented in numerous empirical studies, the problem is not if it is taught, but how it is taught. As has also been documented in numerous studies, if teachers present material in support of ID, they could be terminated, but when teachers present information against it, rarely do problems result. If ID is religion then teachers who teach against it should also be fired as are those who presented scientific information for ID.

The result is schools have become, not places for the objective pursuit of knowledge no matter where it leads, but indoctrination conduits. Ravitch also argues that ID should not be taught because only a few scientists support it, but never mentions the fact that a major reason why few scientists support it is because of the one sided indoctrination, with few exceptions, that exists against ID in our schools. If the evidence for ID was taught objectively, in my experience many scientists would recognize they have some valid points.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Denhollander on November 7, 2012
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Introduction

Frank Ravitch is the Walter H. Stowers Chair in Law and Religion at the Michigan State University College of Law, and is the author of a number of books and articles on the subject of religion and law. Ravitch is considered an expert on topics related to church-state relations, and has published numerous law review articles dealing with law and religion, civil rights, and disability discrimination. For this reason one would expect his latest book, titled, Marketing Intelligent Design: Law and the Creationist Agenda, to be an educational and well-informed look at the legal issues surrounding the controversy swirling around the topic of Intelligent Design (ID).

Marketing Intelligent Design carries the subtitle, 'Law and the Creationist Agenda.' However, given the fact that only roughly one quarter of the book addresses the interplay between ID and the law, this subtitle is something of a misrepresentation. Ravitch explains that the purpose of the book is to explain "that the essence of ID lies in a solid marketing plan and an attempt to avoid legal constraints, not in promoting a serious scientific alternative to evolutionary biology and biochemistry."1 Thus, rather than an in-depth discussion about the legal aspects of the controversy, which Ravitch would be well-qualified to present, Marketing Intelligent Design is an attempt by someone who considers himself something of an intellectual jack-of-all trades to expose ID for what it really is.

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This book is most useful in giving a historic overview how the courts have treated the issue of Creationism and ID and the reasoning they have applied to arrive at their conclusions.
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