- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Baker Books (December 3, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801064430
- ISBN-13: 978-0801064432
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Woodward's account shows that the problem with the template of "religion versus Darwin" is that it simply doesn't fit the ID movement, although many detractors try to insist otherwise. The founder of the movement, Phillip Johnson, was, until his recent retirement, a Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. While on sabbatical in the late 1980s, he studied the scientific case for and against Darwinism and concluded that the empirical case for Darwinism was surprisingly weak. He then presented his findings at a symposium held through his law school and was further encouraged to pursue his criticism of Darwinism. As Woodward amply documents, the proponents of this movement-which include a biochemist (Michael Behe) as well as a philosopher of mathematics (William Dembski)-have "doubts about Darwin" based on their investigation of the empirical evidence. Proponents of ID argue that Darwinism lacks crucial evidence, begs important questions, and often caricatures alternatives unfairly. ...Read more ›
Whereas Larry Witham's recent book "By Design" takes a more neutral tone and extends his narrative to include debates over cosmic design, Dr. Thomas Woodward is more sympathetic with the arguments and ideas of the proponents of the theory of intelligent design, and his book focuses more narrowly upon the issue of biological evolution. But this in no way detract from the book's credibility and effectiveness. Rather, Woodward's work has much to its credit and any serious reader should evaluate the history and analysis he provides on the merits.
One need not have read the works of Denton, Johnson, Behe and Dembski to be able to follow Woodward's analysis, but a familiarity with the primary design proponents' books and arguments will enhance one's appreciation for the analysis he provides. Woodward also points out the importance of Charles Thaxton and his ideas for the development of intelligent design theory, and likewise provides readers with a concise introduction to rhetoric of science as an important intellectual field.
If I had to be picky, I would say that this book is not entirely clear about the fact that there are critics of neo-Darwinian evolution, such as David Berlinski, whom one may not necessarily consider to be a proponent of intelligent design theory. Such a skeptic of Darwin might be more properly considered to be outside of the "Intelligent Design Movement.Read more ›
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Very useful historical analysis. Connects the dots between many books and authors on this subject.Published 12 months ago by C. Fortenberry
Thomas Woodward is a professor of science the theology at Trinity College; he is also author of Darwin Strikes Back: Defending the Science of Intelligent Design. Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by Steven H Propp
From my goodreads.com review:
Thomas Woodward wrote a most excellent book
about the history of the ID movement and to a
certain extent the Darwinian movement... Read more
This book is simply Dr. Woodward's PhD dissertation on the history of the intelligent design movement. The book provides background on the movement's leaders including Dr. Read morePublished on July 24, 2008 by Barbara L. Lemaster
I am tired of reading reviews that rate the book simply based upon the reviewers bias whether it be pro-evolution or against. Read morePublished on July 12, 2007 by Michael Paul Bailey
Are intelligent design proponents disinterested pursuers of the truth, honestly persuaded that the mainstream theory of evolution has serious problems? Read morePublished on May 6, 2007 by Kevin W. Parker
This is a fascinating look at the history of intelligent design. Woodward does a marvelous job providing insights into the ID movement and its major players. Read morePublished on January 27, 2007 by Carmen C. Dicello
Professor Thomas Woodward, Ph.D. teaches systematic theology, communications, and the history of science at Trinity College, Florida. Read morePublished on November 30, 2006 by Charles Michelsen
The main reason I enjoyed this book was because of the approach. As I continue to read books about Intelligent Design and Evolution, I am most impressed with those that examine the... Read morePublished on January 8, 2006 by Robert Woods