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Darwin Strikes Back: Defending the Science of Intelligent Design Paperback – November 1, 2006
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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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'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. In this book, Woodward examines three other major design theorists: Michael Behe, Jonathan Wells, and William Dembski, and their various critics, notably biologist Kenneth Miller, philosopher Niall Shanks, educator Eugenie Scott, and the ubiquitous Richard Dawkins. In every case, Woodward finds that critics of intelligent design often offer flawed analogies and argue for a tautology: namely that intelligent design is unscientific (and hence that it cannot be falsified) while simultaneously offering the assesment that its claims are demonstrably false. This is problematic, as are the unfounded personal attacks that frequently accompany such arguments. (Eg. Jonathan Wells did no experimental research during his post doctoral work at Berkeley.) These points are not an argument for intelligent design as such, but it will certainly appeal to most reader's values about what is fair and reasonable in a debate. The book also discusses some of the advances in physics, the problems associated with the chemical evolution of life, and summarizes the work of such diverse scholars as physicists Paul Davies and Robert Jastrow, and the Chinese paleontologist Jun-Yuan Chen. In doing so, Woodward provides helpful metaphors and generally makes the hard science of these people accessible to the average reader. This is the mark of a very good work of popular science and Woodward should be commended for it, even by readers who do not share his affection for intelligent design.
In the final analysis, however, I am troubled by the persistent war analogy that runs throughout the book. Intelligent Design is an "explosion" on the scientific landscape. Critics respond to it with metaphorical "rockets and mortars." Perhaps this analogy, which actually supports the whole framework of the book, is useful. It may help keep the reader's attention, but I think this approach may actually distorts what really happens in the scientific community. It probably reflects the author's own experience as a naval intelligence officer. My own experience (doctorate in church history) leads me to a rather different analogy. The reaction of some scientists to intelligent design is not so much to go to war as to "ex-communicate" those who dissent with them. Indeed, when I read the writings on evolution of the well known and very talented physicist, Lawrence Krauss, I do not see a general directing troops so much as I see the fourth century bishop Athanasius railing against heresy. It is almost as if "science" and its established "doctrines" are simply beyond question, and those who do so face the condemnation of the "full scientific community" just as Athanasius claimed that those who disagreed with him about the "nature" of Christ were "outside the church." And the problem is, science acts this way even when there are no theological issues at stake. Idaho State University anthropologist Jeffrey Meldum is under attack because he dares to even examine what scant evidence there is for "Bigfoot," a legendary creature that supposedly haunts the northwestern United States. Rather than examine and refute his claims, his critics declare his work "unscientific" and want him expelled from the "church" (ie. academic employment). Jeffrey Schaffer proposes a new interpretation for the formation of Yosemite Valley and is denied a doctorate despite having done more detailed field research than anyone before him. He askes that his critics join him in the field and refute a single claim. They do not even attempt to do. Woodward's book thus touches upon a larger problem with the culture of science in general. Despite public professions of objectivity and "value free" research, much of theoretical science today is in fact highly dogmatic and political. Woodward's wonderful book highlights one of the most glaring examples of this. I highly recommend it to all.
For those who have or have not read all the major shots fired back and forth on this debate, he summarizes these and assesses their impact and BAD (Bomb Assessment Damage). He characterizes primarily Darwinism as not fully engaging with the scientific issues, rather using noted liberal PR practices of namecalling, character assasination, etc. e.g. what they tried to do with Behe, Wells, Dembski, etc. without addressing their science. For the public and non-scientist, this certainly makes one suspect of what Darwinism has in terms of empirical evidence.
And let's be clear as this book shows ID has, there is not controversy over microevolution evidence, there is mounds of it. But there is lack of macroevolution, and Darwinism's attmepts to explain this lack fall flat. There is no fossil evidence, the complexity of cell programming leans significantly away from chance and natural processes. To simply say give us time, we will think of something should easily permit what ID is asking for: let not ID be taught in out schools, but let these scientific challenges to Darwinism be taught along with it. Let's stop teaching our kids it is fact, and there is evidence and then continue to evade the issues: showing them nothing but microevolutionary evidence, steering away from Cambrian explosion, arguing against Irreducibly Complexity, etc.
Scientists have to be weaned of their philosophical peer pressure of materialistic naturalism as not being the best foundation to do science. There is not threat being made to science, just to philosophy of science and its arrogant, many times fraudulant representations in public, e.g. Haeckel's embryos, peppered moths, et al.
All interested in this cultural polorazied issue will do well to read this sweeping look at the topic, with both sides represented and much to chew on.