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Debating Design: From Darwin to DNA Paperback – January 17, 2008
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Contributors from across the spectrum of positions regarding evolution, religion, and Intelligent Design were grouped into four main sections and an introductory session , which contains the editors' introduction and two brief essays on the history of the Intelligent Design movement. While those two essays are by opponents of ID, they do a good, respectful job of encapsulating some of the chief events and players in the movement.
Part I brings us to the meat of the debate, with several powerful critiques of ID. It begins with a historical piece on Darwinism's impact and development by AAAS president Francisco Ayala. Also notable is a critique of the ID movement's use of the bacterial flagellum, whose "irreducible complexity" the ID movement holds
cannot be explained by gradual evolution. This piece was written by a practicing Catholic named Kenneth Miller--I was gratified that the ID vs. Darwinism debate was not being cast a purely science v. religion debate, and that in fact that there are
religious believers represented in this collection with a broad spectrum of perspectives and positions.
Part II is on "Complex Self Organization", with good articles by physicist and scientific popularizer Paul Davies and historian of science Paul Barham.Read more ›
The first two essays of the book, by Michael Ruse and Agnus Menuge provide a broader context for the debate. Ruse reviews the use of design arguments throughout history and explains why Darwin's 'Origin of Species' was apparently so devastating to most of them. Menuge's essay reviews some of the recent literature on the debate, in particular Barbara Forrest's influential Creationism's Trojan Horse written with Paul Gross. The latter, like many "critiques" of intelligent design was more a misrepresentation and ad hominem attack than a thoughtful study.
Perhaps the most interesting exchange in this volume is between Kenneth Miller and Michael Behe. Miller attempts to undermine Behe's claim that the flagellum is an irreducibly complex structure.Read more ›
The General Introduction to this 2004 collection states, "There are of course already books that deal with Intelligent Design and with the arguments of the critics...Read more ›
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In Debating Design: From Darwin to DNA (2004), Bill Dembski and Michael Ruse edit a compendium of essays representing a range of perspectives on the topic of intelligent design... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Phil D
Chapter 1 William A. Dembski and Michael Ruse
"Intelligent Design is the hypothesis that in order to explain life it is necessary to suppose the action of an unevolved... Read more
This book has to be the best contemporary reference for the ever lasting debate on the philosophical and scientific controversy of creation-evolution. Read morePublished on March 23, 2010 by Andre Von H. Soares
This Cambridge University Press volume, co-edited by leading design theorist William Dembski and leading Darwinist philosopher of science Michael Ruse, provides perspectives from... Read morePublished on June 21, 2006 by Discovery Reviewer
As indicated (p.388) by the last of the authors, Stephen C. Meyer, Darwin's natural selection, in its central distinction, lacks purposiveness or goal-directedness in organisms. Read morePublished on June 8, 2006 by Paul Vjecsner
Today I asked my 10 year old, "If I placed all the delicate parts of a watch in a bowl and just left them there, how many years do you suppose it would take to turn into a watch? Read morePublished on September 1, 2005 by SDS
Collects essays by well-known figures in philosophy and theology who are concerned with the question of divine design in the world. Read morePublished on February 20, 2005 by Taner Edis
This is a very useful collection of essays on the design debate, with a good mix of viewpoints. But, unfortunately, a strange thing has happened, Darwinists and Intelligent Design... Read morePublished on October 25, 2004 by John C. Landon