If you have wanted to hear a logical, intelligent,
non-sectarian, informed, unemotional defense of Intelligent Design
(ID), this book is for you. Eight authors who are well known in the
“intelligent design movement” write on divergent subjects, but with the
common plea that the scientific community and the media do not
understand what intelligent design is and have rejected it on the basis
of religious and political bigotry.
H. Wayne House, Editor
Kregel Publications, 2008, 284 pages, $16.99 (paperback),
The first essay is by lawyer Phillip Johnson and gives a history of the
controversy from the viewpoint of those on the ID side of the issue.
This is extended by philosopher J. P. Moreland who builds the case that
bad science has been at the root of the rejection of ID. Casey Luskin
with an earth science background and biologist Michael Behe renew the
case for intelligent design on a biochemical level. Theologian Jay
Richards discusses why we are here, and bioethicist Eddie Colanter goes
into the consequences of rejecting the concept of design in the
creation. Theologian Wayne House discusses Darwinism and the law,
reviewing the Scopes trial in detail and the lawsuit that followed.
The book contains an appendix responding negatively to Francis Collins’
theistic evolution approach to the evolution of man. It has extensive
notes and a useful index.
We have said in this journal that Intelligent Design is not a science
method--that is it is not a way to cure cancer or stop avian bird flu.
We have said it is a wonderful apologetic, a way of building faith in
God and of finding ways to deal with tough questions. We have also
pointed out the uninformed bigotry of many atheist writers and of the
press. This book supports and extends these views and is useful in
helping the objective reader have a better understanding of why it is
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