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April 4th, 2006

Tower of Babel – The Evidence Against the New Creationism

Tower of Babel – The Evidence Against the New Creationism

From review on MIT Press

Creationism is no longer the simple notion it once was taken to be. Its new advocates have become more sophisticated in how they present their views, speaking of “intelligent design” rather than “creation science” and aiming their arguments against the naturalistic philosophical method that underlies science, proposing to replace it with a “theistic science.” The creationism controversy is not just about the status of Darwinian evolution–it is a clash of religious and philosophical worldviews, for a common underlying fear among Creationists is that evolution undermines both the basis of morality as they understand it and the possibility of purpose in life.

In Tower of Babel, philosopher Robert T. Pennock compares the views of the new creationists with those of the old and reveals the insubstantiality of their arguments. One of Pennock’s major innovations is to turn from biological evolution to the less charged subject of linguistic evolution, which has strong theoretical parallels with biological evolution, both in content and in the sort of evidence scientists use to draw conclusions about origins. Of course, an evolutionary view of language does conflict with the Bible, which says that God created the variety of languages at one time as punishment for the Tower of Babel.

Several chapters deal with the work of Phillip Johnson, a highly influential leader of the new Creationists. Against his and other views, Pennock explains how science uses naturalism and discusses the relationship between factual and moral issues in the creationism-evolution controversy. The book also includes a discussion of Darwin’s own shift from creationist to evolutionist and an extended argument for keeping private religious beliefs separate from public scientific knowledge.

Robert T. Pennock is Associate Professor at the Lyman Briggs School and in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University.

April 4th, 2006

Unintelligent Design

Unintelligent Design, by Mark Perakh

From a review on Amazon.com by Gary Hurd

Perakh organized his text into three sections. The first two take up issues of creationism, first Intelligent Design (ID), and second the earlier but still influential Scientific Creationism. Significant authors from each of these pseudosciences are addressed in their own chapters. William Dembski, Michael Behe, and Phillip Johnson are the ID representatives. Perakh’s thorough demolishment of Dembski’s thesis in Chapter 1 (the longest single chapter) alone is worth the price of the book. Not only was Perakh thorough, but understandable using clear language and reasoning. His many years as a teacher are obvious in these pages.

April 4th, 2006

Perspectives on an Evolving Creation

Perspectives on an Evolving Creation

http://www.asa3.org/ASA/education/origins/pec.htm

According to the authors of our book, who explore evolutionary theory from a clear Christian perspective, the common view of conflict between evolutionary theory and Christian faith is mistaken.

Written by contributors representing the natural sciences, philosophy, theology, and the history of science, this thought-provoking work is informed by both solid scientific knowledge and keen theological insight.

The three sections of the book address: (1) relevant biblical, historical, and scientific background, (2) the scientific evidence for an evolving creation, and (3) theological issues commonly raised in connection with evolution, including the nature of God’s creative activity, the meaning of the miraculous, and the uniqueness of humankind. Woven through the volume are short meditations designed to direct readers toward worshiping the God of providence.

April 3rd, 2006

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

The Demon Haunted World

Quite possibly the best, all-around, pro-science book ever written. Absolutely superb!

April 3rd, 2006
April 3rd, 2006

Finding Darwin’s God

Findind Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between God & Evolution

This book should be a “must read” for anyone interested in the “controversy” over evolution and “Intelligent Design”.

The author is both a scientist, who accepts the Theory of Evolution as the best explanation for the diversity of life we see in the world around us, and a Christian.

The mere existence of this book nicely demolishes any accusations that science (and especially evolution) is, or supports atheism, and in fact shows how an understanding of evolution can lead to a deeper reverence for, a greater faith in, God.

March 25th, 2006

Creationism’s Trojan Horse

Creationism’s Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design
by Barbara Forrest and Paul R. Gross. An exposé of the Wedge strategy and the Discovery Institute.

Amazon.com

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