Doubts about Darwin: A History of Intelligent Design

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Deep in the halls of scientific academia, a debate has been quietly raging between Darwinian macroevolution and the theory of intelligent design. This challenge to scientific naturalism has life-changing effects on the fundamental cultural story of humanity; it asks what it means to be human and questions whether or not we have a purpose and a destiny.

Beginning with Michael Denton's revolutionary book, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, author Thomas Woodward follows the key ...

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Deep in the halls of scientific academia, a debate has been quietly raging between Darwinian macroevolution and the theory of intelligent design. This challenge to scientific naturalism has life-changing effects on the fundamental cultural story of humanity; it asks what it means to be human and questions whether or not we have a purpose and a destiny.

Beginning with Michael Denton's revolutionary book, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, author Thomas Woodward follows the key players and confrontations that are creating a paradigm shift in both the scientific and public arenas. He shows that the erosion of certainty about the factual truth of Darwinism is the product of a rhetorical onslaught—the persuasive case-making by highly accredited critics like Phillip Johnson, Michael Behe, and William Dembski.

Accessible and compelling, Doubts about Darwin opens a dramatic door to moral and intellectual reformation.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780801064432
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Preface 9
1. Aroused from Dogmatic Slumber: An Introduction to Intelligent Design and a Paradigm Crisis 13
2. Murmurs of Dissent: The Prelude to Michael Denton 33
3. The Birth of Design: Denton Launches His Critique 47
4. The Virus Spreads: The Emergence of Phillip Johnson 65
5. Putting Darwin on Trial: Johnson Transforms the Narrative 93
6. The Matrix of Stories in Darwin on Trial: Johnson Argues His Case 105
7. The Roaring Nineties: David Takes On Goliath 131
8. The Dam Breaks: Michael Behe and the Explosion of Design 153
9. Mere Creation and Beyond: William Dembski and the Explanatory Filter 171
10. A Revolution Built on Recalcitrance: Intelligent Design in Historical Perspective 189
Afterword 211
Appendix 1. Notes on the Berkeley Faculty Colloquium of 23 September 1988 214
Appendix 2. Phillip E. Johnson's Position Paper on Darwinism 218
Appendix 3. Letter from the Ad Hoc Origins Committee 225
Appendix 4. The Rhetoric of Science and Intelligent Design: Historical and Conceptual Linkages 227
Notes 249
Select Bibliography 288
Index 295
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2004

    Doubts are nothing but religious hype

    Of course some scientists get emotional when defending evolution. They get tired of having to do it when they know the evidence is overwhelming in support of it and when they are confronted by individuals like the above reviewer who refuse to see their hands in front of their face. One might also want to ask WHY articles on intelligent design are rejected by peer-reviewed scientific journals. It is not because of some dark conspiracy by atheists, it's because intelligent design theories are not scientific. They result from deductive reasoning that goes like this: God created the universe in a very short time. Therefore I will search only for evidence of this and ignore or explain away any evidence which, in my mind, seems to contradict it. I will also resort to exaggeration and demeaning of personality in order to make my points.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2003

    Now the Definitive work on ID

    This is now the definitive work on the Intelligent Design (ID) movement. It was originally a Ph.D. thesis from the University of South Florida, and covers material found no where else. No one, friend or foe, can be considered knowledgeable about this important new and fast growing movement without reading this book. One event I found of interest occurred at the Campion meeting with Professor Johnson and Steven J. Gould. Gould displayed such emotional intensity, boarding on irrationality, that several participants remarked that they saw a side of Gould that they had never seen before, ever (page 83). Why do people, even the worlds leading scientists, get so emotional about this issue? The book does an excellent job explaining why. The problems of Darwinism were also clearly discussed and what this issue means for our world view. Another point I found of interest was the fact that most of the early founders of the ID movement were atheists or agnostics. Much background was given related to the motivations of these early pioneers of ID. The book also corrects common erroneous conclusions, such as ID advocates have never published articles supporting ID in peer reviewed scientific literature. Thousands of articles have been published, they just cannot use trigger words such as ID in the article but must be tactful (otherwise their articles would be rejected).

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