Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics: Philosophical, Theological, and Scientific Perspectives

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Overview

The last decade saw the arrival of a new player in the creation/evolution debate—the intelligent design creationism (IDC) movement, whose strategy is to act as "the wedge" to overturnDarwinism and scientific naturalism. This anthology of writings by prominent creationists and their critics focuses on what is novel about the new movement. It serves as a companion to RobertPennock's Tower of Babel, in which he criticizes the wedge movement, as well as other new varieties of creationism.The book contains articles previously published in specialized, hard-to-find journals, as well as new contributions. Each section contains introductory background information,articles by influential creationists and their critics, and in some cases responses by the creationists. The discussions cover IDC as a political movement, IDC's philosophical attack on evolution, the theological debate over the apparent conflict between evolution and the Bible, IDC's scientific claims, and philosopher Alvin Plantinga's critique of naturalism and evolution. The book concludes with Pennock's "Why Creationism Should Not Be Taught in the Public Schools."

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"This book is a terrific one-volume summary of the scientific, philosophical and theological issues." Scientific American
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"This book is a terrific one-volume summary of the scientific, philosophical and theological issues." Scientific American

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262661249
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 12/21/2001
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 826
  • Sales rank: 815,398
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert T. Pennock is Professor in the Lyman Briggs College and the Departments of Philosophy and Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State University. He is a Co-PI of the BEACONCenter for the Study of Evolution in Action.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Contributors
I Intelligent Design Creationism's "Wedge Strategy" 1
1 The Wedge at Work: How Intelligent Design Creationism Is Wedging Its Way into the Cultural and Academic Mainstream 5
II Johnson's Critique of Evolutionary Naturalism 55
2 Evolution as Dogma: The Establishment of Naturalism 59
3 Naturalism, Evidence, and Creationism: The Case of Phillip Johnson 77
4 Response to Pennock 99
5 Reply: Johnson's Reason in the Balance 103
III A Theological Conflict? Evolution vs. the Bible 109
6 When Faith and Reason Clash: Evolution and the Bible 113
7 When Faith and Reason Cooperate 147
8 Plantinga's Defense of Special Creation 165
9 Evolution, Neutrality, and Antecedent Probability: A Reply to McMullin and Van Till 197
IV Intelligent Design's Scientific Claims 237
10 Molecular Machines: Experimental Support for the Design Inference 241
11 Born-Again Creationism 257
12 Biology Remystified: The Scientific Claims of the New Creationists 289
V Plantinga's Critique of Naturalism and Evolution 335
13 Methodological Naturalism? 339
14 Methodological Naturalism under Attack 363
15 Plantinga's Case against Naturalistic Epistemology 387
16 Plantinga's Probability Arguments against Evolutionary Naturalism 411
VI Intelligent Design Creationism vs. Theistic Evolutionism 429
17 Creator or Blind Watchmaker? 435
18 Phillip Johnson on Trial: A Critique of His Critique of Darwin 451
19 Welcoming the "Disguised Friend" - Darwinism and Divinity 471
20 The Creation: Intelligently Designed or Optimally Equipped? 487
21 Is Theism Compatible with Evolution? 513
VII Intelligent Design and Information 537
22 Is Genetic Information Irreducible? 543
23 Reply to Phillip Johnson 549
24 Reply to Johnson 551
25 Intelligent Design as a Theory of Information 553
26 Information and the Argument from Design 575
27 How Not to Detect Design - Critical Notice: William A. Dembski, The Design Inference 597
28 The "Information Challenge" 617
VIII Intelligent Design Theorists Turn the Tables 633
29 Who's Got the Magic? 639
30 The Wizards of ID: Reply to Dembski 645
31 The Panda's Thumb 669
32 The Role of Theology in Current Evolutionary Reasoning 677
33 Appealing to Ignorance Behind the Cloak of Ambiguity 705
34 Nonoverlapping Magisteria 737
IX Creationism and Education 751
35 Why Creationism Should Not Be Taught in the Public Schools 755
36 Creation and Evolution: A Modest Proposal 779
37 Reply to Plantinga's "Modest Proposal" 793
Index 799
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2003

    An excellent book

    Little to no commentary: Purely a compilation of articles by leading ID Creationists with responses from other scientists (and frequently, a rebuttal from the creationist or an ally). The hollowness of IDC becomes quickly apparent about halfway through, and by the time the book is finished, it is hard to believe that anyone serious could give it serious thought.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2003

    ID is not creationism

    Although this book contains much good information, as a whole it is an underhanded attempt to discredit any evidence for design in the so called natural world. Blatant name calling is found throughout the book. This is obvious from the title 'Intelligent Design Creationism and its critics'. The editor knows that the term creationism is now a derogatory and demeaning term like the term fundamentalist. ID is not creationism and the two sides are at each other throats at times just like the creationists and neoDarwinists are. The ID movement includes Christians, Jews, Muslims, many evolutionists, some creationists, and even Moonies, Mormons, out spoken agnostics and some atheists. Their critics keep dragging religion in even though this movement is not about religion as traditionally defined but about science evidence. ID researchers are called 'ignorant' (such as one University of Chicago Ph.D.) 'wizards' and even 'born again creationists.' The claim that University of Chicago Ph.D. graduates are ignorant says much about either this school or the name caller. Why can't they engage in substance debates like scholars without resorting to such tactics, as many ID critics did repeatedly? This unethical behavior hardly helps the cause of neoDarwinism. Pennock concludes that creationism (ID?) should not be taught in the public schools. This means that this volume should not be a subject of discussion in the schools as some of the chapters of this book 'teach creationism' according to the author. I propose, therefore, that this book be banned. What he really means is that only dogmatic Darwinism should be taught as fact and all of the evidence against this world view should not. My experience with college biology students is, we have some of our best class discussions, by far, on this topic. As a result students learn about both. We should not ban ideas but teach the controversy.

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