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Darwin Strikes Back: Defending the Science of Intelligent Design [Paperback]

By Thomas Woodward (Author)
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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.59"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2006
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
ISBN  0801065631  
EAN  9780801065637  

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Tells the story of the post-1966 fierce conflict of the Intelligent Design Movement-the "engagement in full-scale public struggle" with Darwinian orthodoxy.

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The debate between proponents of Darwinism and those of Intelligent Design has reached the status of a full-scale public battle. With stories of qualifying statements about evolution in public school textbooks and the recent 70th anniversary of the Scopes Monkey trial in the news, the question about our origins will not be put to rest.
Following up his award-winning "Doubts about Darwin," Thomas Woodward traces the continuing saga of the ID movement in "Darwin Strikes Back." Focusing on the emerging key players on both sides--Michael Behe, William Dembski, Kenneth Miller, Robert Pennock, and more--Woodward helps readers navigate the tangled maze of public debate, including anti-ID activism from Christians, and shows them what might be coming next.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Thomas E. Woodward (PhD, University of South Florida) is a professor at Trinity College of Florida. He is founder and director of the C.S. Lewis Society, and lectures in universities on scientific, apologetic, and religious topics. The author of Doubts About Darwin, he has been published in Moody magazine and Christianity Today.

Thomas Woodward was born in 1950.

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Charting Where The Debate Lies  Mar 9, 2007
Woodward does us all a valuable task by charting where battle assessment is over the ID vs. Darwinism debate. Although some reviewers don't think his choice of the battle/war analogy is correct or best choice, he isn't totally consistent with it all the way through, even using a very useful second analogy of a labyrinth in assessing the chemical evolution matter.

For those who have or have not read all the major shots fired back and forth on this debate, he summarizes these and assesses their impact and BAD (Bomb Assessment Damage). He characterizes primarily Darwinism as not fully engaging with the scientific issues, rather using noted liberal PR practices of namecalling, character assasination, etc. e.g. what they tried to do with Behe, Wells, Dembski, etc. without addressing their science. For the public and non-scientist, this certainly makes one suspect of what Darwinism has in terms of empirical evidence.

And let's be clear as this book shows ID has, there is not controversy over microevolution evidence, there is mounds of it. But there is lack of macroevolution, and Darwinism's attmepts to explain this lack fall flat. There is no fossil evidence, the complexity of cell programming leans significantly away from chance and natural processes. To simply say give us time, we will think of something should easily permit what ID is asking for: let not ID be taught in out schools, but let these scientific challenges to Darwinism be taught along with it. Let's stop teaching our kids it is fact, and there is evidence and then continue to evade the issues: showing them nothing but microevolutionary evidence, steering away from Cambrian explosion, arguing against Irreducibly Complexity, etc.

Scientists have to be weaned of their philosophical peer pressure of materialistic naturalism as not being the best foundation to do science. There is not threat being made to science, just to philosophy of science and its arrogant, many times fraudulant representations in public, e.g. Haeckel's embryos, peppered moths, et al.

All interested in this cultural polorazied issue will do well to read this sweeping look at the topic, with both sides represented and much to chew on.
The Debate Rages  Jan 28, 2007
In this the second in a series of books, author Tom Woodward sets out to document the battle raging over the Intelligent Design movement. Many have heard about ID in a tangential way, through the media. Now and again fights with Darwinists flare up and reach the popular consciousness. What Dr. Woodward presents is a trenchant documentation of the conflict between Darwinism and the Intelligent Design movement, a battle being waged at many levels behind the scenes. It would seem to belong only in the halls of academia. The reality is that it involves all levels of society, and the stakes are high.
Darwinian evolution is the reigning paradigm in the biological sciences and in fact has affected our cultural thinking in all social spheres. How we think about ourselves, our futures, the education of our children, where our tax dollars go all these questions and many more like them are greatly influenced by the evolutionary model. ID is challenging that paradigm. The evidence of that is set out for the reader in an engaging fashion in this very readable book. This is not a dispassionate correspondence by a casual observer. Rather, Dr. Woodward is clear where his allegiance lies. His enthusiasm comes out on every page. The writing style is clear; the scientific arguments are laid out well, and the insiders view is obvious. I especially appreciated the rhetorical analysis he is able to bring to bear in this discussion. His training as a rhetorician is obvious and is a strength of the work. Resources for further study are discussed. All of this makes for a compelling read to anyone interested in this debate. My interest was piqued to find out more about certain aspects of the debate, for instance, the Cambrian explosion.
His position is, by his own admission biased, yet his treatment of the matter remains fair and respectful. As Thomas Kuhn outlined, challenges to a reigning paradigm are never static, quiet events. Part of the process involves the development of a body of literature which records the interchange between involved parties. The Intelligent Design movement is effectively challenging Darwin's theory of evolution and this book is an important component in that unfolding drama.
A well written summary of recent opposition to Intelligent Design movement  Jan 19, 2007
Thomas Woodward is the leading historian of the Intelligent Design movement and he writes with clarity and understanding about the personalities and issues. He has clearly been in the thick of the debate himself and is superbly qualified to provide this account. He gives fair, though openly partisan, treatment to both sides of the conflict. If you want to get a grip on the subject then this is the book for you.
Great Coverage Of The History/Science/Rhetoric Surrounding ID  Dec 15, 2006
Darwin Strikes Back is a helpful book for those seeking to understand the debate surrounding evolution and intelligent design. One of the main thrusts of the book is to show the conversational atmosphere between both sides. Woodward makes clear that unjust rhetoric is being used by the pro-evolutionist camp to stifle debate and cloud the issues surrounding: 1) the major loopholes with current evolutionary theory; 2) "design theory" being an acceptable form of empiricism in the scientific community.
The book (190 pages plus footnotes) can be seen to be laid out in unequal thirds. The first 3rd is fast moving and provides an awesome and informative historical overview of the intelligent design movement up to the last couple years (covering about 65 pages). The second third (covering close to 100 pages), though more technical, is equally informative. It lays out some of the underlying paradigms of design theory, including the concept of "irreducible complexity" in describing the cell, and the "explanatory filter." This second development is a new and fascinating mathematical paradigm that further points to a designing agent. The final portion of the book ponders the future of science and includes "reasons for the inevitable decline of Darwinism" (177) made by Woodward.
There are some common threads throughout the book. As noted earlier, one of Woodward's main points is to show that those who oppose ID are sometimes arguing with circular (and delusional) logic regarding evolution's position as a viable theory. The point is also made that there are many irrelevant counterclaims to ID's growth as a viable theory. When reading the examples of these kinds of counterclaims in the book, one should immediately have raise red flags in their mind because those making the counterclaims fail to even address the problems while thinking they are.
When Woodward delves into some of the deeper concepts, he does so in a way that allows the novice readers in such things to get a grasp of what is being presented. He often makes things "easier" by providing helpful analogies. Those who have forgotten the basics (in all areas science) will be enjoyably enlightened by such a new and vivid presentation of "textbook terminology" found in DSB.
Having said that and to return to the rhetorical focus on the book, when Woodward describes some of the foundational principles that point to a designer, evolutionists are made to scratch their heads. Their responses to ID theories and critiques of evolution are nothing but the rhetoric mentioned above: comments without any real substance, especially in light of Woodward's explanations regarding the science behind both theories.
It is also worth mentioning that Woodward points out how current evolutionary thought doesn't exactly match Darwin's traditional evolutionary model. These neo-Darwinists even go so far as to make Darwin's theory in some places completely non-Darwinian. This is seen especially in Woodward's chapter on fossil evidence that strongly points against macro-evolution.
This chapter on fossils also points to a common theme in the book: neo-Darwinists bent to make the facts fit the theory as opposing to letting the facts dictate what the theory should be.
Much debate still looms around ID's future. Perhaps neo-Darwinists detest IDs claim to be empirical because it isn't visually measurable from a sensory perspective that allows one to manipulate the thing being analyzed. Perhaps they also don't like ID to be seen as empirical because of what it points to: a designing agent/formulation they can't manipulate and experiment with.
ID seems to be empirical, at the very least in a theoretical perspective, especially when one reads the chapter on the explanatory filter.
Darwin Strikes Back  Dec 12, 2006
Unlike some of the reviewers (Grayman & T.Makinson)I have actually read the book. I found it to be well written, balanced, and objective. It is also well documented, allowing anyone who desires to do so, to research the subject further. Too many people, especially on the Darwin side of the issue are not really looking at the issues and evidence in order to be informed and objective. They are simply repeating the same old stories they have been taught or heard. If you desire to post a review of a book at least read it first, then try to be honest and objective about it.

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