- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Baker Books (November 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801065631
- ASIN: B005OL8N0E
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Darwin Strikes Back: Defending the Science of Intelligent Design
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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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Of course, the ID writers soon attracted fierce opposition from macro evolutionists. This opposition, along with the growing popularity of the movement, led to protracted conflicts, including legal conflicts over the teaching of evolution or of ID in public schools. Woodward's Darwin Strikes Back is his chronological analysis of the escalating debate and controversy. Woodward surveys these conflicts from the 1990s through 2006, emphasizing developments since 1996. During this last decade the stakes have become higher, and the attacks by Darwinists have become fiercer.
This book is helpful in tracing the history of the conflict centering around each of the major writers in the IDM--Michael Denton, Phillip Johnson, Michael Behe, Guillermo Gonzalez, Stephen Meyer, William Dembski, Jonathan Wells, Jay Richards, and several others. Woodward devotes an entire chapter each to Behe, Wells, and Dembski; he details the opposing scholars and their attacks against the ID position in each case.
Separate chapters spell out major areas of discovery related to the IDM, including the history of the arguments pro and con related to each topic. These major subjects are covered: the relation of ID to religion and the naturalistic approach to science, the meaning and significance of biologically irreducible complexity, the continuing use of the discredited "icons of evolution," the Cambrian explosion, the origin of life puzzle (one chapter on historical background and another on recent developments), information theory and discernable evidences of design (Dembski's "complex specified information"), and non-ID allies from the fields of astronomy and cosmology. Woodward concludes with a chapter evaluating the current situation. He is optimistic that the truth will out. He believes that life and its complexity and obvious design will keep asserting itself and eventually will overcome the Darwinian paradigm, especially if free discussion and research will continue.
While Woodward writes well, and the book moves quickly, I believe a shortcoming is that Woodward engages in the same kind of "slanted" writing that he criticizes in the opponents to ID. He is an expert in the "rhetoric of science." Yet, even to this nonprofessional, his obvious bias in favor of ID detracts somewhat from the force of his arguments. Of course, as he points out, we can make this criticism even more strongly against the enemies of ID. A good example is the strange case of Richard Sternberg and the Smithsonian Institution, which he describes.
Overall, the book is interesting and engaging. The extensive endnotes provide careful documentation of the details of the history of this controversy during the last ten years. This book will be a valuable source for those interested in the ID controversy and its recent history.
I liked his pointing out that Behe's Black Box was such a key work that ratcheted up the quality and rigor of the debate, as this confirmed a personal observation, and many of the other books he picked as important, such as Icons of Evolution, were ones that I respect as well. I also liked getting an outline of the "struggle" as well as a bit of analysis of why it exists at all and why it has taken some of the turns it has taken. Very insightful.
In summary, a good history- including information about pro-Darwin books that have made cases and even pointed out places where ID arguments need refinement of further development. I'm sure it will be called biased, and I'm sure it is in a way, but it is not malicious or snarky by and large, and is well worth adding to your library in order to gain a helpful overview of the Design Wars.