- Paperback: 175 pages
- Publisher: IVP Books (May 19, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0830837426
- ISBN-13: 978-0830837427
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
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Intelligent Design Uncensored: An Easy-to-Understand Guide to the Controversy Paperback – May 19, 2010
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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).
Jonathan Witt (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is research fellow at the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, MI and senior fellow with Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture in Seattle, Washington. He was formerly an associate professor at Lubbock Christian University. He has published articles in Philosophia Christi, Touchstone, Literature & Theology, Windover and Princeton Theological Review and Philosophia Christi.
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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.
But most surprising was author's frank jump from science to his own believes, to claims that modern life lacks meaning because we don't consider God. It was surprising that author implies Christianity only. Reading the book I had feeling that it is a story of a battle of a Christian with atheists. As if there are no other people on Earth, agnostics for example or other religions' believers. The author puts the point that it's perfectly scientific to look for signs of God's creations in nature. OK. But which God? How can be related to science author's silent choice of Christian God with Bible? The fact is that if you are interested in detecting ID and remain logical and sane, you can't impose one religion over another. There is no possible scientific data to support one religion. You should be even prepared that the designer is simply an alien. The author wails about materialists' suppression of a free thinking but he himself, once started to talk about social aspects, pours lots of ugly anger, has his ready solutions on "right " establishments, imposes his views of "wrong" and "right" on our society. What kind of science is it!?
The author had his chance to preserve his face as a scientist if he limited the book about ID to a scientific research. At the end of the book he could say that he sure wants to apply his research to his believes, but it is a matter for a separate book. He could also mention that other religions' believers can try to apply ID research to their beliefs. But he chooses a holy war approach and that is why he doesn't have a chance among wider audience. Hope there are more sane people working on ID, because Dembski is not. I also hope that Darwinists will be able to be open minded enough not to shut doors tighter if there is some evidence, undermining their favorite theory. But if other people working on ID are like Dembski, then better keep them away from science. They will bring nothing but faulty logic, lots of accusations for everybody that is not thinking exactly like them.