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Doubts about Darwin : a history of intelligent design
Woodward, Thomas, 1950-
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : Baker Books, [2003]

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303 pages ; 24 cm
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Originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of South Florida, 2001.
Aroused from dogmatic slumber : an introduction to intelligent design and and a paradigm crisis -- Murmurs of dissent : the prelude to Michael Denton -- The birth of design : Denton launches his critique -- The virus spreads : the emergence of Phillip E. Johnson -- Putting Darwin on trial : Johnson transforms the narrative -- The matrix of stories in Darwin on trial : Johnson argues his case -- The roaring nineties : David takes on Goliath -- The dam breaks : Michael Behe and the explosion of design -- Mere creation and beyond : William Dembski and the explanatory filter -- A revolution built on recalcitrance : intelligent design in historical perspective.
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Deep in the halls of scientific academia, a debate has been quietly raging between Darwinian macroevolution and the theory of intelligent design. This challenge to scientific naturalism has life-changing effects on the fundamental cultural story of humanity; it asks what it means to be human and questions whether or not we have a purpose and a destiny. Beginning with Michael Denton's revolutionary book, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, author Thomas Woodward follows the key players and confrontations that are creating a paradigm shift in both the scientific and public arenas. He shows that the erosion of certainty about the factual truth of Darwinism is the product of a rhetorical onslaught -- the persuasive case making by highly accredited critics like Phillip Johnson, Michael Behe, and William Dembski. Accessible and compelling, Doubts about Darwin opens a dramatic door to moral and intellectual reformation. Book jacket.

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Thomas Woodward (Ph.D., University of South Florida) is a professor at Trinity College of Florida, where he teaches the history of science, communication, and systematic theology. He is founder and director of the C. S. Lewis Society and lectures in universities on scientific, apologetic, and religious topics. He is an avid astronomer and has been published in Moody magazine and Christianity Today

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This is Woodward's revised doctoral history of the "rhetoric" (persuasive argumentation) of "intelligent design creationism" (IDC). As skillful "rhetoric," it is technically interesting itself. Woodward glowingly describes aspects of IDC's history and the biographies of IDC's major champions. Though he presents some major IDC arguments, he ignores or gives short shrift to their refutations. He claims that IDC represents a Kuhnian "paradigm shift" within science. Most scientists, however, consider IDC an attack on science. Woodward mentions evolutionists who are believers, but considers evolutionary biology intrinsically atheistic. Many scientists who integrate their faith with methodological naturalism would agree with R.T. Pennock (Tower of Babel, CH, Sep'99) that IDC sacrilegiously reduces God to an object of study. For scientists and creationists, the subject is the history and workings of nature. In a January 2003 interview on American Family Radio, Phillip Johnson, writer of this book's foreword, said, "Our strategy has been to change the subject a bit so that we can get the issue of intelligent design, which really means the reality of God, before the academic world and into the schools." Woodward changes the subject. Ruse's Darwin and Design (CH, Nov'03) treats this topic more reasonably. ^BSumming Up: Not recommended. E. B. Hazard emeritus, Bemidji State University

Table of Contents

Phillip E. JohnsonAndrew Bocarsly and Robert Kaita
Forewordp. 7
Prefacep. 9
1. Aroused from Dogmatic Slumber: An Introduction to Intelligent Design and a Paradigm Crisisp. 13
2. Murmurs of Dissent: The Prelude to Michael Dentonp. 33
3. The Birth of Design: Denton Launches His Critiquep. 47
4. The Virus Spreads: The Emergence of Phillip Johnsonp. 65
5. Putting Darwin on Trial: Johnson Transforms the Narrativep. 93
6. The Matrix of Stories in Darwin on Trial: Johnson Argues His Casep. 105
7. The Roaring Nineties: David Takes On Goliathp. 131
8. The Dam Breaks: Michael Behe and the Explosion of Designp. 153
9. Mere Creation and Beyond: William Dembski and the Explanatory Filterp. 171
10. A Revolution Built on Recalcitrance: Intelligent Design in Historical Perspectivep. 189
Afterwordp. 211
Appendix 1. Notes on the Berkeley Faculty Colloquium of 23 September 1988p. 214
Appendix 2. Phillip E. Johnson's Position Paper on Darwinismp. 218
Appendix 3. Letter from the Ad Hoc Origins Committeep. 225
Appendix 4. The Rhetoric of Science and Intelligent Design: Historical and Conceptual Linkagesp. 227
Notesp. 249
Select Bibliographyp. 288
Indexp. 295