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Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul Paperback – May 26, 2009
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-The Baltimore Sun
" A grass-roots defense of good science education . . . a useful overview of a perilous political attack on the nature of science."
-P. Z. Myers, Nature
" Powerfully argued . . . Miller's perspective as a devout believer will allow his case to resonate with believers and non-believers alike."
-Francis Collins, Director, the Human Genome Project
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First, Miller's rhetorical approach is to err on the side of taking the claims of intelligent design more seriously than they really deserve. As a result, the book does not come across as polemical, and this gives rise to the hope that an ID creation-sympathetic reader might actually read it and learn something truly useful about the flaws of ID creationism rather than getting insulted and putting it aside in disgust. Miller initially presents the claims of design without rebuttal and acknowledges how powerful these claims--if true--are. Only after having given these claims an initially friendly treatment does he then return to them and explain just why they are unsupported by evidence.
Second, Miller argues fairly forcefully that acknowledging the facts of evolution does not compel one to reject religion, and he does so from the position of a person of faith--Miller being, himself, a Roman Catholic. He does not purport to be able to "prove" his religious faith in purely rational terms, but only to show that science does not exclude it. His arguments, being somewhat subjective in nature (e.g., the "fine-tuned universe" argument) are going to seem persuasive to some and not at all persuasive to others, but he does a splendid job of setting them out and putting the case well.
The main thesis comes toward the end, and is reflected in the subtitle, "Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul.Read more ›
"Only A Theory" focuses on the American battlefront concerning evolution and ID. The two foes recently went head-to-head in Pennsylvania, where both camps were put on trial as a result of the Dover Board of Education's desire to add ID instruction in public school. After hearing testimony from both sides (including the author and ID proponent Michael Behe) and examining the evidence, the court ruled that ID was another name for religious creationism, and it was thrown out of the academic setting. Mr. Miller was encouraged by science's courtroom triumph, but given the strength and righteous indignation of the ID movement, he fears for the future of evolution and the scientific method. The title of this book reflects that concern, since one of ID's biggest catchphrases is that evolution is "only a theory," and therefore other competing "theories" like ID deserve equal hearing.
The author has reason to be afraid.Read more ›
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This topic is a hobby of mine as I have read a number of books about evolution, including Behe, Meyer & Phillip Johnson. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gary M. Hetrick
First things first. This book lays waste to Intelligent Design. Miller is kind, but clear:
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I read this book as part of an extra credit assignment for a college biology course. It's a great read! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Krystle Owens
If I were to recommend one popular book on evolution and creationism, this would be it. It is NOT just another critique of creationism and intelligent design (although it is very... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Laird Taylor
Got this book in pretty much perfect condition. Best part of it besides whats in it, when I opened it its already signed by the Author!! How cool is that!Published 16 months ago by TJKrogan
Poor defense of darwinism - I am in the process of writing a rebuttalPublished 17 months ago by Richard B. Sorensen
Interesting. Covers some aspects of evolution science but largely a discussion of the political battles on teaching evolution. (Evolution is a fact, proven, real, etc.)Published 20 months ago by Steve NC
Used as professional development when preparing to introduce the study of Darwin and Evolution to my high school biology classes. excellent background info. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Howie Usher