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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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Editorial Reviews

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'Neil Manson has done an excellent job in assembling such a comprehensive and star-studded cast of contributors. He has also written a very useful introduction himself that identifies all the main areas of debate ... this book is likely to remain the best guide to it for some time to come.' - Fraser Watts

'As this collection shows, the debates about God and design are far from dead, and can be intellectually fascinating.' - Religious Studies

'This collection is successful in illustrating the main questions relating to the discovery of a Design from scientific arguments.' -

'This volume is a rich discussion for and against arguments from order, intelligibility, and purposefulness to the existence of a designer, who might be God.' - Bijdragen, International Journal in Philosophy and Theology

'This book comes highly recommended ...' - The Secular Web

'This volume is to be recommended for upper-level undergraduate and graduate classes on philosophy of religion and philosophy of science, among other more specialized courses focused on design arguments.' Amos Yong, Regent University of Divinity, Religious Studies Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415263436
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/30/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil A. Manson currently teaches at the Centre for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame. A former Gifford Research Fellow in Natural Theology at the University of Aberdeen, he has a long-standing interest in the science and religion debate.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Preface
Introduction 1
1 The design argument 27
2 The meaning of design 55
3 The design inference: old wine in new wineskins 66
4 God by design? 88
5 The argument to God from fine-tuning reassessed 105
6 Perceiving design 124
7 The appearance of design in physics and cosmology 147
8 Design and the anthropic fine-tuning of the Universe 155
9 Evidence for fine-tuning 178
10 Probabilities and the fine-tuning argument: a skeptical view 200
11 Other universes: a scientific perspective 211
12 Too many universes 221
13 Fine-tuning and multiple universes 229
14 The chance of the gaps 251
15 The modern intelligent design hypothesis: breaking rules 277
16 Answering the biochemical argument from design 292
17 Modern biologists and the argument from design 308
18 The paradoxes of evolution: inevitable humans in a lonely universe? 329
19 The compatibility of Darwinism and design 348
Index 364
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