God And Design / Edition 1

God And Design / Edition 1

by Neil A. Manson
     
 

Recent discoveries in physics, cosmology, and biochemistry have captured the public imagination and made the Design Argument - the theory that God created the world according to a specific plan - the object of renewed scientific and philosophical interest. This accessible but serious introduction to the design problem brings together new perspectives from prominent

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Overview

Recent discoveries in physics, cosmology, and biochemistry have captured the public imagination and made the Design Argument - the theory that God created the world according to a specific plan - the object of renewed scientific and philosophical interest. This accessible but serious introduction to the design problem brings together new perspectives from prominent scientists and philosophers including Paul Davies, Richard Swinburne, Sir Martin Rees, Michael Behe, Elliot Sober and Peter van Inwagen.
It probes the relationship between modern science and religious belief, considering their points of conflict and their many points of similarity. Is the real God of creationism the 'master clockmaker' who sets the world's mechanism on a perfectly enduring course, or a miraculous presence who continually intervenes in and alters the world we know? Are science and faith, or evolution and creation, really in conflict at all? Expanding the parameters of a lively and urgent debate, God and Design considers how perennial questions of origin continue to fascinate and disturb us.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415263436
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/30/2003
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Preface
Introduction1
1The design argument27
2The meaning of design55
3The design inference: old wine in new wineskins66
4God by design?88
5The argument to God from fine-tuning reassessed105
6Perceiving design124
7The appearance of design in physics and cosmology147
8Design and the anthropic fine-tuning of the Universe155
9Evidence for fine-tuning178
10Probabilities and the fine-tuning argument: a skeptical view200
11Other universes: a scientific perspective211
12Too many universes221
13Fine-tuning and multiple universes229
14The chance of the gaps251
15The modern intelligent design hypothesis: breaking rules277
16Answering the biochemical argument from design292
17Modern biologists and the argument from design308
18The paradoxes of evolution: inevitable humans in a lonely universe?329
19The compatibility of Darwinism and design348
Index364

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