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Intelligent Design 101: Leading Experts Explain the Key Issues [Paperback]

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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 5.97" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.86 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 11, 2008
Publisher   Kregel Publications
ISBN  0825427819  
EAN  9780825427817  

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Intelligent Design 101 brings together leading scholars and researchers from the fields of science and intelligent design studies, such as Michael Behe and Phillip Johnson. Their detailed and insightful essays form an introduction to intelligent design, from the basics of the theory, to its history and growing place in science and education. Contributors: Michael J. Behe, Eddie Colanter, Logan Paul Gage, Phillip Johnson, Casey Luskin, J.P. Moreland, and Jay W. Richards

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H. Wayne House is distinguished research professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Faith Evangelical Seminary in Tacoma, Washington, and adjunct professor of Law, Trinity Law School of Trinity International University. He also leads Bible study tours to Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Rome, Greece, and Turkey.

Dennis W. Jowers is professor of Theology and Apologetics at Faith Evangelical Seminary in Tacoma, Washington. He holds degrees from the University of Chicago (B.A.) and Scotland s University of Edinburgh (M.Th., Ph.D.)."

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An Eye For An 'I': Fighting The Twisted Fables Of The Anti-ID Lobby  Jan 31, 2010
The debate over whether or not our universe was designed with a purpose is one that centers not around philosophical questions but over "competing scientific explanations of the data". That is the central argument expounded by Phillip Johnson in Intelligent Design 101, a book that aims to bring into sharp focus the central tenets of the intelligent design (ID) movement. Contrary to a popular misconception, the modern day controversy over design in biology is not one that arose from some push to force Judeo-Christian beliefs into the science classroom. It is instead one that extends back thousands of years to the time of Plato and Xenophon in ancient Greece.

Today the educational literature defines all aspects of biology in purely naturalistic terms. What is more, evolution has become the "monolithic fact" that we must all embrace. Even though there is incontrovertible evidence that defies such a factual status, evolutionists have bent over backwards to make naturalism fill in the glaring inconsistencies in the data. As a vociferous opponent of the macro-evolutionary aspects of Darwinism, Johnson has attempted a "divide and conquer" approach to break such a stronghold. By separating philosophical naturalists such as Richard Dawkins from scientists with a sound objective outlook, Johnson's much-publicized Wedge Strategy has sought to prize neo-Darwinism away from its "pedestal of philosophical naturalism". Attacks on Johnson's initiative have focused on the religious backgrounds of its supporters rather than on the sound scientific arguments that they put forward. Still, as Johnson remarks those who today maintain that ID is all about religion ignore the counter claim that the theory of evolution is not exactly all about science.

Addressing this point in a later chapter of the book, philosopher J.P Moreland re-emphasizes a long-standing denial- ID makes no theological commitments to Christianity, Hinduism, Islam or any other religion and does not set us on a "slippery slope" of religious interference of science. Instead ID has scientific legitimacy evidenced by the observation that those who argue against it do so by attempting to falsify its scientific claims.

What are the scientific foundations upon which ID stands? Geologist and lawyer Casey Luskin, biochemist Michael Behe and philosopher Jay Richards remind us of the widely-disseminated ID arguments in their respective chapters of Intelligent Design 101. Complex information-rich objects such as those that lead to the inference of intelligent activity in archaeology and forensic science also exist in the molecular world. Behe builds on Luskin's platform by treating us to an exposition of how irreducible complexity in nano-molecular machines continues to present "a conundrum for Darwinism". Richards then gives us a comprehensive rebuttal of the materialistic interpretation of the Copernican principle challenging science popularizer and television celebrity Carl Sagan's assumption that "the universe is all there is" and listing the features that are necessary for a habitable planet such as our earth to exist. Rather than being winners of a "grand cosmic lottery", our earth's habitability coupled with its prime 'real estate' position for making scientific discoveries argue in favor of design and purpose.

Evolutionary stalwart Julian Huxley famously opened the centennial of the publication of The Origin Of Species with the proclamation that naturalistic evolution explained the totality of life's existence. Nevertheless the more recent struggles between creationists on whether the universe is thousands or billions of years old have done little to quell the rising tide of scientists who feel uncomfortable with the Darwinian endpoint. In Johnson's assessment ID has become the umbrella movement that unites "people of many viewpoints who were once divided on side issues". Today there exists a tremendous dissatisfaction with the Darwinian synthesis amongst reputable scientists who are unconvinced by the supposedly unarguable evidence that Darwinists hold on to. Within such a setting, Johnson equates his volume Darwin On Trial to "a match that lit the tinder beneath a stockpile of logs".

In his chapter entitled Philosophical Implications Of Neo-Darwinism and Intelligent Design, philosopher Eddie Colanter brings to the reader's attention the religious undertones of the so-called strong form of Neo-Darwinism which holds that (i) all of life is the product of purely materialistic forces, (ii) any reference to God is superfluous and (iii) any moral values that humans place on their comportment are purely arbitrary and subjective (this latter point has important ramifications for how we view contemporary social issues such as abortion, euthanasia and the definition of personhood).

Intelligent Design 101 then concludes with a broad overview of the historical landscape upon which ID has made its impact. What is made explicit is that ID is not simply a modern extension of the Christian creationism that featured in prominent legal cases such as those surrounding the Tennessee anti-evolution laws of the 1970s. In the words of distinguished theologian H Wayne House, it is a movement that carries with it an "empirical method of argument [and a] lack of allusion to the fundamentalist wing of Christianity and Christian theology".

As we approach Darwin day with its accompanying festivities and plans to parade his namesake through museum halls across the nation, we cannot ignore the vast body of evidence that today is feeding the ID counter-attack. Intelligent Design 101 is an invaluable resource for those seeking to understand the twisted fables of the anti-ID lobby. If those who oppose ID have nothing to fear, they should be prepared to entertain competing points of view and to let truth and reason become "the final arbiters".
A Review of Intelligent Design 101  Jan 23, 2010
Having conducted a number of seminars in the past regarding the various Christian views on cosmology and biological origins myself, I was most interested in reading this book. I know or have met in the past a few of the contributors, as well as the editor, personally, therefore my interest in the book was more than just academic. I found this book to be perhaps the most comprehensive of all works involving the Intelligent Design movement to date. This anthology of articles collected by Wayne House covers, I believe, the salient issues that define this remarkable phenomenon of modern science. If anyone wants a first-rate introduction into the origins and progress of this fascinating movement, then this is the place to start. The articles are very well written, and Dr. House has done a stellar job in collecting and editing them so as to be appreciated by the specialist as well as the neophyte.

As a young earth creationist, however, I am concerned at the level of involvement in this movement by men who I know to be committed Christians. The Christian apologetical value for the ID movement is nil, in my humble opinion, since it consciously avoids any association with the Creator--the Christian God, the Father of Jesus Christ. It wants, rather, to "follow the evidence," and not to be committed to identifying any supernatural (or alien??) agent. But what possible apologetical value for a Christian could there be in this sort of enterprise? Since the evidence is the same for both Christian and Evolutionist, it is not, then, the quantity or quality of the evidence that is the issue, but one's maxims, or presuppositions, that is doing the work as we all look at the evidence we all have at our disposal. Although I laud the quality of the writing and the cogency of the arguments presented, I still must distance myself from a movement that will not acknowledge the only Creator with Whom we have to do.
Welcome to ID's Church/State  Dec 10, 2009
This book outlines a major step on the way toward founding a state sponsored religion under the guise of "science". It is amazing these learned men would claim as scientific fact that (it is your choice) unnamed aliens or unknown supernatural beings designed us. In addition, they demand these "facts" be taught in public school. This creation of a church state would make us very similar to our good friends Iran and Iraq. This is a wonderful future the advocators of ID have in mind for us.
Great book  Sep 11, 2009
I really loved this book. Very interesting. Good choice
Intelligent design is a good scientific explanation.
How many of its authors are scientists?  Jan 25, 2009
Quick, head count.....
H. Wayne House (Lawyer)
Phillip Johnson (Lawyer)
Michael J. Behe, professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University (A scientist! I guess).
Eddie N. Colanter (Lawyer? I guess)
Logan Paul Gage (policy analyst? Lawyer, again? I guess)
Casey Luskin (Lawyer)
J. P. Moreland (Philosopher)
Jay W. Richards (Philosopher)
Er.. a.. honestly, I could not bring myself to finish reading this book. The authors' self praise list above point out that a lot of legal (5) and philosophical (2) minds to only(1) quasi-scientific mind got together to compost(sic)it. I may just be a simple country boy, but I think that unbalances credibility away from the science disciplines. Sorry guys, but based on the tongue lashings your science boy received, I'll be warning everyone to watch your likes with both eyes wide open.
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