- Paperback: 175 pages
- Publisher: IVP Books (May 19, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0830837426
- ISBN-13: 978-0830837427
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"Dembski, together with Dr. Jonathan Witt, have penned an easy-to-understand guide to the controversy surrounding creationism." (Jim Miller, The Daily Sentinel, July 10, 2010)
"Iders led by the Discovery Institute wanted an easy-to-understand guide to the Intelligent Design position and got in in Dembski and Witt's Intelligent Design Uncensored." (Marvin Olasky, World Magazine, September 11, 2010)
"Intelligent Design Uncensored is a five-star fantastic voyage! Nonscientists will be swept up by the lively, readable story of discovery while aspiring young scientists will learn why their experimental work in the lab will do just fine without Neo-Darwinism telling them where to go." (Dr. Philip S. Skell, National Academy of Sciences, and Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus, Pennsylvania State University)
"A tour de force in which two prodigious intellects apply their remarkable communication skills to the relentless pursuit of truth . . . and a sterling example of open-minded scientific inquiry that allows facts to lead wherever they may. Congratulations to Dembski and Witt for ably dismantling the stereotypical caricature of intelligent design." (Hank Hanegraaff, author of Fatal Flaws: What Evolutionists Don't Want You to Know)
"Dembski and Witt are the perfect combination. They deliver an explanation of intelligent design that is at once precise, lucid and, well, witty. Intelligent Design Uncensored shows that ID is not only intellectually serious, but intuitively compelling. ID is widely misunderstood and maligned by its critics, and sometimes hard to grasp, even by its friends. If you're wondering what all the fuss is about, read this book." (Jay Richards, coauthor of The Privileged Planet and author of Money, Greed and God: Why Capitalism Is the Solution and Not the Problem)
"Don't let its conversational, nontechnical prose fool you; Intelligent Design Uncensored is a first-rate introduction to the intelligent design debate from two writers who know the subject better than just about anyone else. A useful resource for students of all ages!" (Guillermo Gonzalez, astrobiologist and coauthor of The Privileged Planet)
"The book we've all been waiting for--a down-to-earth and clear explanation of the stunning scientific discoveries which underpin intelligent design theory and its implications, as well as a comprehensive rebuttal of the common objections. This book will excite the layman and provide a valuable starting point for the serious student of the science of origins." (Alastair Noble, Ph.D., chemistry, former BBC Education Officer and Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools for Science, Scotland)
"Darwinians fired away throughout 2009, the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species, but could not kill the concept of intelligent design. This book is the first salvo of the next 150 years. Dembski and Witt succinctly explain what the war is about in a way understandable to a general audience. If people you know have bought the propaganda that ID is just a gussied-up version of six-day creationism, give them this book." (Dr. Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief, World, and provost, The King's College, New York City)
"Who says accurate, cutting-edge science has to be a bore? Dembski and Witt make the biological nuts and bolts come alive and dance. They show that intelligent design is not only true, it's fun!" (Michael Behe, professor of biochemistry, Lehigh University, and author of Darwin's Black Box)
About the Author
William Dembski (Ph.D., mathematics, University of Chicago; Ph.D., philosophy, University of Illinois at Chicago) is senior fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. He has previously taught at Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Dallas. He has done postdoctoral work in mathematics at MIT, in physics at the University of Chicago, and in computer science at Princeton University, and he has been a National Science Foundation doctoral and postdoctoral fellow. Dembski has written numerous scholarly articles and is the author of the critically acclaimed The Design Inference (Cambridge), Intelligent Design (InterVarsity Press) and No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot Be Purchased without Intelligence (Rowman and Littlefield).
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But I had an issue with the logical fallacies towards the end of the book... It seemed like the author just wanted to push the creationistic belief at the end after selling the pitch in the beginning. Otherwise, there are some nice points that are taken... Not a book worth to re-read, but definitely a good book for an introduction from the perspective of the ID theory.
It is incredibly clear on the logical fallacy being deployed by those who say that "Intelligent Design is simply not science." Such people are coming from a position of philosophical materialism, and have decreed that scientific inquiry follow one and only one method, which is methodological materialism. They assert (or pretend) that science can only accept naturalistic or materialist answers. "That's the way science works," they sniff, and there they commit the logical fallacy of begging the question, as assuming what they need to prove. After all, this alleged "rule" is not part of any great physical law, and the people making an argument for Intelligent Design are challenging exactly this bogus rule.
As others have tellingly pointed out, we got into this whole scientific exploration of our universe in order to try and determine the truth. (!) The last thing we need is some sniffy methodologists telling us that we are only allowed to discover truths which satisfy philosophical materialism.
If you care for a very carefully phrased description of this situation, you might consider this:
"...it is certainly true that belief or faith is not knowledge in the sense of practical knowledge and its particular kind of calculability. It can never become that, and in the last analysis it can only make itself ridiculous if it tries to establish itself in those forms. But the reverse is also true: calculable practical knowledge is limited by its very nature to the apparent, to what functions, and does not represent the way in which to find truth itself, which by its very method it has renounced."
(Who wrote that? Benedict XVI!)...(And, no, I'm not a Christian, much less a Catholic.)
On top of that logical fallacy, such people have a strong tendency to state that "science does NOT YET have an answer to the development of the irreducible complexity of the cell," thereby implying that an answer will be coming along any old time now. As David Berlinski puts it, that's right up there with "the check is in the mail" as a powerful, convincing statement. In the meantime, Atheist Scientists Inc. are up to some extremely dubious activities, such as "Chemical Evolution" and "Molecular Evolution." (See Wikipedia for "abiogenesis," which is "spontaneous generation" dressed up in a cheap tuxedo.) And excuse me for objecting that evolution is something which happens only to living things.
The scientific community has an unfortunate bias towards anything that comes from a Biblical or Christian source. Although scientists claim to be seekers of knowledge into how the universe came into being, they have a very narrow willingness to hear any alternative to the existence of life, other than the Theory of Evolution. Although Intelligent Design has the most intelligent and reasonable theories for the existence of the universe, it is considered by most scientists to be myth and delusion. The major colleges and universities in the Untied States will not hear any evidence for design, nor will they allow the teaching of intelligent design along side the Theory of Evolution. The scientific community has decided that Evolution is the final answer to the existence of life, and there is no room whatsoever for discussion from any other possible theory.
This wonderful book by William Demski is both scholarly and scientific in it's explanation of Intelligent Design and why it should be considered as a viable option alongside the Theory of Evolution. For the sincere seeker of truth, I would highly recommend this resource for credible and accurate information in a field of science that is likely to overtake Evolution in the next ten years.
Increasingly, scientists are departing their long held adherence to Evolution, as greater knowledge is gained in how the cell is constructed and the rapidly accelerating knowledge in the area of Biology. It is certain that at some point in the near future, all credible scientists will abandon Evolution as the evidence for it's impossibility becomes beyond the tolerance of rational people.
As this takes place, the evidence for design in the universe will be increasingly acceptable as a reasonable explanation for the existence of design in the cell and throughout the entire universe.