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How to be an Intellectually Fulfilled Atheist (Or Not) Paperback – October 28, 2008
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About the Author
William A. Dembski is a Senior Fellow with the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He has authored or edited more than a dozen books, including the first book on intelligent design to be published by a major university press, The Design Inference: Eliminating Chance through Small Probabilities (Cambridge University Press, 1998). He has seven earned degrees, including two doctorates, one in philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, the other in mathematics from University of Chicago. His work has been featured on the front page of the New York Times and he has appeared on numerous radio and television broadcasts, including ABC’s Nightline and Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show. Bill and his wife, Jana, live in Central Texas with their daughter and twin boys.
Jonathan Wells is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD. in Religious Studies from Yale University. He has worked as a postdoctoral research biologist at the University of California at Berkeley and the supervisor of a medical laboratory in Fairfield, California, and he has taught biology at California State University in Hayward. He is the author numerous articles and several books including Icons of Evolution,The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design.
Top Customer Reviews
I work at a government research facility and had the book on my shelve. A colleague saw it but didn't see the little (Or Not) in the title and was all giddy about it. When I told him what it was, he was disgusted. We talked about one thing this book has a chapter on that he was familiar with and said he'd read it. He came back and said it was trash and misinformed. "How's that?" I asked, and he proceeded to rant against the ID movement and why this book is trash. I asked again, and he just said it was trash and went on why there is no science to ID. The usual mantra. Never said what was wrong. I have also used a few things to stop someone cold in their tracks when expounding on the "science" of evolution. In each case they come back with the anti-evolutionist mantra. Never addressing the scientific questions for missing links there exists. That is glossed over in their quickness to start rhetoric.
This won't give all the answers, but it does open up a lot of gaps that need addressing in a well written format.
William A. Dembski, Senior Fellow with the Discovery Institute, has authored numerous books and is one of the leaders of the Intelligent Design movement (ID). Jonathan Wells is also a senior fellow at the DIC. He holds dual Ph.D.'s in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, and in Religious Studies from Yale.
The authors engage the notion Dawkins proclaimed: "Although atheism might have been logically tenable before Darwin, but Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist."
This readable work demonstrates that atheism:
- Fails to furnish philosophical, intellectual, and emotional fulfillment
- Cannot explain life's origin
- Lacks the explanatory capacity to account for the micro-engineering inside the living cell
- Is not possible inasmuch as the design and information within all life requires theism.
This volume provides evidence that atheists must employ faith in attempting to explain life and the origin of organic matter.
This is a pleasure to read and may assist the rational awakening of nonbelievers. Nonetheless I prefer arguments with certainty that attack the underlying misconstruction of atheism's epistemology and the absence of its grounding of rational pre-essentials provided only by theism (Laws of Logic, universals, immutables, etc.).
"Atheism is a belief with scientific pretension but no scientific backing" (p. 115).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am gratified to see that there are so few reviews of this book. I take this to mean that, overall, it hasn't been very well-received by the ID community. Read morePublished on June 10, 2010 by S. Sommers
The authors are exemplary in confuting accusations of "intelligent design" as unscientific and religiously biased, while they abstain from insults and unsupported statements... Read morePublished on April 23, 2009 by Paul Vjecsner
I'm not much into science, but I've found the explanations in the book very interesting - easy enough for non-science people to grasp and detailed enough for people who love... Read morePublished on March 25, 2009 by amyfive
An excellent summary by Dembski and Wells of the fallacies of the Origin of Life stories concocted by the materialists. Read morePublished on December 17, 2008 by Retired Ohio Engineer
I have often liked the creativity of Dembski and Wells. Dembski has come up with the Law of the Conservation of Information and Specific Complexity, which are interesting even if... Read morePublished on December 12, 2008 by texas_patriot
This book contains no new arguments. All claims in this book have previosuly been answered by scientists. In summary, this book is a worthless waste of time.Published on November 30, 2008 by Edwin Hensley