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Posted September 28, 2006
I bought this book in an effort to objectively understand what Intelligent Design is about. From the very little that was actually said about the theory (about 6 pages) I have to conclude there is very little to the theory. If you would enjoy an endless barrage of Darwinism bashing, you¿ll enjoy the other 200 pages. Chapter 12 examines the many definitions of science and concludes (and I agree) that none would be universally accepted. But let me add another one anyway. I was raised Catholic, was taught, and believe that God created the heavens and the earth¿ That¿s my faith. Science, on the other hand, is the attempt to uncover the rules God put in place and how God uses those rules. ID argues that certain features of existing anatomies necessitate an intelligent designer. Fine, but there is a difference between design and implementation. Science asks, ¿How were these features implemented¿? Mr. Wells is a fine writer. If he gets back to the ¿what¿ and the ¿how¿ of science, I might be tempted to read his work again.
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Posted December 31, 2009
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Bad, by not the worst creationist text ever
Hmmmmm, saying you are politically incorrect became an argument when? Was it 10 years ago? 20 years ago? It seems that if you are on the fringe right all you have to say is that you are politically incorrect. If this series of books was around 100 years ago then I am sure there would have been a book entitled, "the politically incorrect guide to opposing the right of women to vote" or "the politically incorrect to child labor", which would have of course advocated child labor. The rightwing by the way (they deny it now) opposed the right of women to vote and the end of child labor a century ago. Calling yourself politically incorrect is often today a sign of a lazy mind.
For example, I have yet to see a creationist (that is what these IDers are by the way) give a defense of their designer and its' origins. See, they don't want to call it a deity when they defend "Intelligent Design" because that gives the game plan away. No, they want those who arent' creationists to think they are giving a real scientific explanation for the origins of species instead of pushing far rightwing religious beliefs. If you believe that ID might be a real scientific explanation and that those who push it aren't pushing their religious beliefs, then people are trying to lie and deceive you. If they were honest and just admitted, "yeah, we believe the universe is 6000 years old and that there was a big wooden ship with dinosaurs on it ", then at least they would be honest.
Jonathan Wells, the book author, joined the Unification church of "Rev." Moon. Moon is a creationist (just like Wells who wouldn't admit it in a "ID" book) who has ripped off people who sent him money. Moon lives a lavish lifestyle based on fleecing people who send him money for religious reasons. I will give Wells credit for at least not doing that. Look, most Christians in America believe in evolution, if not purely natural at least guided. One can be a Christian and believe in evolution but for please don't take this as nothing else then a creationist rant devoid of real science, especially when it comes to the supposed designer. Talk origins is a great site if you want to learn more about evolution. Panda's Thumb is also a great evolutionist site and gives chapter by chapter critique of this book. I give it two stars because it like much of what is produced on the far right, is not bad propaganda.
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