Citing inspiration from Quintilian's maxim, "Write not so that you can be understood but so that you cannot be misunderstood," Dembski and Kushiner have assembled a collection of judicious and eloquent essays representing the often-misunderstood intelligent design movement. Contributors include prominent Darwin-doubters Phillip Johnson, Michael Behe and Stephen Meyer, together with a stable of scientists and philosophers associated with the Discovery Institute's Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture, which Meyer directs. Part I of the collection focuses on introducing intelligent design concepts and addressing general philosophical objections; Part II (composing about two-thirds of the book) includes more technical issues and examples of how design comes into play in scientific subfields such as cosmology, developmental biology and information theory. This collection reflects a maturing movement that is aware of its critics, more focused in its goals and mindful of the need to communicate its message to a nonspecialist audience even as it appeals for a hearing in the scientific community. Although Brazos is promoting the book within "science and faith" and "apologetics" categories, these essays promote intelligent design as a scientific research program rather than as a religious doctrine, and only a few call attention to the theological implications or underpinnings of design. Religious issues are actually de-emphasized by most of the contributors, who express frustration at being dismissed as "creationists" by critics in the scientific community. (Mar.)
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William Dembski is a mathematician and philosopher, as well as editor of Mere Creation and author of The Design Inference. James Kushiner is editor of Touchstone magazine.
Editor William Albert Dembski (born 1960) is a key figure in the "Intelligent Design" movement, who is a professor at the Southern Evangelical Seminary and a senior fellow... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steven H Propp
Have all these one-star reviewers bought and read the book? I wonder.
I'm about to buy it and I appreciate the one-star reviewers for helping me make up my mind. Read more
I'm not a professional scientist but I've just finished reading these essay series. And despite the book's frequent venture into scholastic jargon, it left me thirsting for more of... Read morePublished on July 11, 2010 by R. Morales
This book is well written in clear, concise language. I recognized only three names, but they are big ones in the intelligent design world, Michael Behe, Steven Meyer and William... Read morePublished on November 13, 2008 by Travis Cottreau
Signs of Intelligence edited by Dembski and Kushiner is a collection of essays sympathetic to the notion of `Intelligent Design'. Read morePublished on July 26, 2008 by Reader From Aurora
Have you ever noticed that when evolutionists comment on ID books they are almost always hatefull, angry, and rude? (No, not always. I know. Read morePublished on July 15, 2006 by S. Sexton
I think this is exactly the kind of textbook that should be distributed in abundance throughout all states wanting ID as part of their science curriculum. Read morePublished on January 30, 2006 by David Bishop
In the 12/4/05 issue of the Week in Review section of The New York Times, Charles L. Harper Jr., senior vice president of the Templeton Foundation - the preeminent foundation... Read morePublished on December 7, 2005 by John Kwok
This guy is a snake oil salesman. Watch out people. Open your minds.Published on December 6, 2005 by Freda Peeple