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

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

by Robert T. Pennock
 

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ISBN-10: 0262661241

ISBN-13: 9780262661249

Pub. Date: 12/21/2001

Publisher: MIT Press

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 overturn Darwinism 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

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 overturn Darwinism 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 Robert Pennock'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."

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:
1,225,627
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxv
Contributorsxvii
IIntelligent Design Creationism's "Wedge Strategy"1
1The Wedge at Work: How Intelligent Design Creationism Is Wedging Its Way into the Cultural and Academic Mainstream5
IIJohnson's Critique of Evolutionary Naturalism55
2Evolution as Dogma: The Establishment of Naturalism59
3Naturalism, Evidence, and Creationism: The Case of Phillip Johnson77
4Response to Pennock99
5Reply: Johnson's Reason in the Balance103
IIIA Theological Conflict? Evolution vs. the Bible109
6When Faith and Reason Clash: Evolution and the Bible113
7When Faith and Reason Cooperate147
8Plantinga's Defense of Special Creation165
9Evolution, Neutrality, and Antecedent Probability: A Reply to McMullin and Van Till197
IVIntelligent Design's Scientific Claims237
10Molecular Machines: Experimental Support for the Design Inference241
11Born-Again Creationism257
12Biology Remystified: The Scientific Claims of the New Creationists289
VPlantinga's Critique of Naturalism and Evolution335
13Methodological Naturalism?339
14Methodological Naturalism under Attack363
15Plantinga's Case against Naturalistic Epistemology387
16Plantinga's Probability Arguments against Evolutionary Naturalism411
VIIntelligent Design Creationism vs. Theistic Evolutionism429
17Creator or Blind Watchmaker?435
18Phillip Johnson on Trial: A Critique of His Critique of Darwin451
19Welcoming the "Disguised Friend"--Darwinism and Divinity471
20The Creation: Intelligently Designed or Optimally Equipped?487
21Is Theism Compatible with Evolution?513
VIIIntelligent Design and Information537
22Is Genetic Information Irreducible?543
23Reply to Philip Johnson549
24Reply to Johnson551
25Intelligent Design as a Theory of Information553
26Information and the Argument from Design575
27How Not to Detect Design--Critical Notice: William A. Dembski, The Design Inference597
28The "Information Challenge"617
VIIIIntelligent Design Theorists Turn the Tables633
29Who's Got the Magic?639
30The Wizards of ID: Reply to Dembski645
31The Panda's Thumb669
32The Role of Theology in Current Evolutionary Reasoning677
33Appealing to Ignorance Behind the Cloak of Ambiguity705
34Nonoverlapping Magisteria737
IXCreationism and Education751
35Why Creationism Should Not Be Taught in the Public Schools755
36Creation and Evolution: A Modest Proposal779
37Reply to Plantinga's "Modest Proposal"793
Index799

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