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Intelligent Design: William A. Dembski & Michael Ruse in Dialogue [Paperback]

By Robert B. Stewart (Editor)
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Pages   257
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.05" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.67"
Weight:   0.98 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2007
Publisher   AUGSBURG FORTRESS PUB. #99
ISBN  0800662180  
EAN  9780800662189  


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The subject of intelligent design has been much in the news in recent months but is often treated in a piecemeal fashion or one-sidedly. This volume highlights points of agreement and disagreement between two leading intellectuals on the subject: William A. Dembski, senior fellow with Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, and Michael Ruse, an internationally known philosopher of science. Each of the contributors presents his or her position in light of the other's, providing readers with a fair and balanced case for both sides and allowing readers to decide for themselves. The following noted scientists, philosophers and theologians then explore the many facets of this debate.

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Robert B. Stewart is associate professor of Philosophy and Theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Gary R. Habermas is chairman, Department of Philosophy and Theology, School of Religion, and distinguished research professor of Apologetics and Philosophy at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Graduate School in Lynchburg, Virginia.



Robert B. Stewart was born in 1968 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Vice Prosident at Value Management Strategies, Inc..

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Zealous conjecture juxtaposed with history  Sep 24, 2009
Some of the chapters give a quick review of errors in intelligent design and the audacity of its peddlers in trying to deceive, promote, and push their views into school classrooms. Even so, most of the text still gives quarter to unfounded religious conjecture. It may be a decent assembly of essays on the history and beliefs of creationism/intelligent design. It is not a truly unbiased text, however.

The book does not give proper attention to the strengths of evolution, nor are ID opponents given sufficient length to fully state their cases. In this regard, it fails its stated purpose of having a "dialog" from both sides of the fence. The majority of the text attempts to stack the cards in favor of intelligent design. In many chapters, this bias is condescending and reviles accomplished scientists.

For a substantive review of the significance of evolution, once should read Prothero's "Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters." Prothero is also the author of one of the leading college textbooks on invertebrate paleontology (he knows what he is talking about).
 
Where to Now, Bill Dembski?  May 16, 2008
Kept reading about Intelligent Design till my eyes were paralyzed.
Thought Bill Dembski's comments were most strange.
Recognizing that his defense of explanatory filter and
specified complexity were so queer.
Gratified to be reading the real truth from Nick Matzke.
Reading the science truth from Wes Elsberry too.

So, where to now, Bill Dembski?
If it's true, I'm in your hands.
I may not be a Christian,
but I've done all one man can.
I understand I am on a road
where all that was is gone...
So where to now, Bill Dembski?
Show me which road I am on.

Recognize that Intelligent Design is
pathetic Klingon Cosmology
Recognize why it's just queer
mendacious intellectual pornography.
Understanding why you're so wrong Bill Dembski
Your mind paralyzed by your Christian God.

Specified Complexity, Irreducible Complexity,
Just all the same to me.
Mendacious religious nonsense,
Pretending to be scientific theory.

So, where to now, Bill Dembski?
If it's true, I'm in your hands.
I may not be a Christian,
but I've done all one man can.
I understand I am on a road
where all that was is gone...
So where to now, Bill Dembski?
Show me which road I am on.

(with apologies to the person formerly known as Reg Dwight and his long-time partner Bernie Taupin)
 
All of the diverse essays are respectful in tone and pay meticulous attention to detail.  Feb 5, 2008
Editor Robert B. Stewart gathers the insights of leading intellectuals William A. Dembski, Michael Ruse, and others in Intelligent Design, an examination of the hotly contested debate between proponents and deniers of the Intelligent Design theory. Intelligent Design strives to be as objective as humanly possible; essays address the tasks of finding a precise definition for ID, ID's history as an idea and body of thought, the most common objections to and defenses of ID, and much more. All of the diverse essays are respectful in tone and pay meticulous attention to detail. A bibliography and index round out this measured assessment of the standoff between evolution, creationism, and perspectives in between.
 
This book was banned in Dover  Nov 13, 2007
"Intelligent Design: William A. Dembski & Michael Ruse in Dialogue" contains a goldmine of information about the Intelligent Design movement. Included are chapters by Francis Beckwith of Baylor University, Wesley Elsberry, John Lennox of Oxford University, Nicholas Matzke, Alister McGrath of Oxford University, Berkeley PhD Nancy Murphy, Hal Ostrander, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Martinez Hewlett, Sir John Polkinghorne of Cambridge University, Michael Ruse and others. All of the chapters are very useful in understanding this now hotter than ever controversy and most of the authors are well known scholars in their field. Most ironic is the extensive discussion of the Dover case and the fact that this book would not be allowed as a supplemental text in Dover, PA. One way around the judge's decision would be to cut the book up and allow students to read only the chapters opposed to Intelligent Design (ID) and remove those in favor of ID. I would be very interested if some brave soul used this book in a public school in USA and was challenged by the ACLU to see if it would pass constitutional muster in the United States. According to Judge Jones's ruling, as discussed in detail in this book, it would not. If the court ruled that this book would have to be cut up, I wonder what chapters would escape the knife. Many chapters discuss religion, including those against ID, and to be consistent they should also be cut. Fortunately, the public can read this "banned book" and decide for themselves, something the students in Dover are not allowed to do as students.

 

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