Author: Stephen C. Meyer
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 2013-06-18
When Charles Darwin finished The Origin of Species, he thought that he had explained every clue, but one. Though his theory could explain many facts, Darwin knew that there was a significant event in the history of life that his theory did not explain. During this event, the “Cambrian explosion,” many animals suddenly appeared in the fossil record without apparent ancestors in earlier layers of rock. In Darwin’s Doubt, Stephen C. Meyer tells the story of the mystery surrounding this explosion of animal life—a mystery that has intensified, not only because the expected ancestors of these animals have not been found, but because scientists have learned more about what it takes to construct an animal. During the last half century, biologists have come to appreciate the central importance of biological information—stored in DNA and elsewhere in cells—to building animal forms. Expanding on the compelling case he presented in his last book, Signature in the Cell, Meyer argues that the origin of this information, as well as other mysterious features of the Cambrian event, are best explained by intelligent design, rather than purely undirected evolutionary processes.
In 2013 Stephen Meyer's book "Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design" became a national bestseller, provoking a wide-ranging debate about the adequacy of Darwinian theory to explain life's history. In "Debating Darwin's Doubt: A Scientific Controversy that Can No Longer Be Denied," leading scholars in the intelligent design community respond to critiques of Meyer's book and show that the core challenge posed by Meyer remains unanswered: Where did the influx of information essential to the creation of new body plans come from? In addition to ten chapters by Stephen Meyer, "Debating Darwin's Doubt" also includes contributions from biologists Richard Sternberg, Douglas Axe, and Ann Gauger; philosopher of biology Paul Nelson; mathematicians William Dembski and David Berlinski; and Center for Science and Culture research coordinator Casey Luskin. In forty-four chapters, these contributing authors explore topics such as orphan genes, cladistics, small shelly fossils, protein evolution, the length of the Cambrian explosion, the God-of-the-Gaps objection to intelligent design, and criticisms raised by proponents of theistic evolution. Anyone who wants to understand the cutting-edge of current scientific debates over modern Darwinian theory needs to read this book.
Author: Erkki Vesa Rope Kojonen
Release Date: 2016-04-28
The controversy over Intelligent Design (ID) has now continued for over two decades, with no signs of ending. For its defenders, ID is revolutionary new science, and its opposition is merely ideological. For its critics, ID is both bad science and bad theology. But the polemical nature of the debate makes it difficult to understand the nature of the arguments on all sides. A balanced and deep analysis of a controversial debate, this volume argues that beliefs about the purposiveness or non-purposiveness of nature should not be based merely on science. Rather, the philosophical and theological nature of such questions should be openly acknowledged.
The Dictionary of Christianity and Science provides, in one volume, entries on over 450 key terms, theories, individuals, movements, and debates at the intersection of Christian faith and contemporary science. In addition, because certain topics such as the age of the Earth and the historicity of Adam and Eve provoke disagreement among Christians, the dictionary includes “Counterpoints”-like essays that advocate for the views most commonly held among evangelicals. Representatives of leading perspectives present their arguments vigorously but respectfully in these advocacy essays, allowing readers to compare options and draw their own conclusions. The dictionary is also fully cross-referenced and entries include references and recommendation for further reading. Edited by Paul Copan, Tremper Longman III, Christopher L. Reese, and Michael G. Strauss, the Dictionary of Christianity and Science features a top-notch lineup of over 140 contributors in the fields of biblical studies, theology, philosophy, history, and various sciences. A unique reference work, it will be useful for scholars, pastors, students, and any Christian wanting to better understand the most relevant issues and ideas at the intersection of Christian faith and science.
Author: A. J. Angulo
Publisher: JHU Press
Release Date: 2016-02-18
Ignorance, or the study of ignorance, is having a moment. Ignorance plays a powerful role in shaping public opinion, channeling our politics, and even directing scholarly research. The first collection of essays to grapple with the historical interplay between education and ignorance, Miseducation finds ignorance—and its social production through naïveté, passivity, and active agency—at the center of many pivotal historical developments. Ignorance allowed Americans to maintain the institution of slavery, Nazis to promote ideas of race that fomented genocide in the 1930s, and tobacco companies to downplay the dangers of cigarettes. Today, ignorance enables some to deny the fossil record and others to ignore climate science. A. J. Angulo brings together seventeen experts from across the scholarly spectrum to explore how intentional ignorance seeps into formal education. Each chapter identifies education as a critical site for advancing our still-limited understanding of what exactly ignorance is, where it comes from, and how it is diffused, maintained, and regulated in society. Miseducation also challenges the notion that schools are, ideally, unimpeachable sites of knowledge production, access, and equity. By investigating how laws, myths, national aspirations, and global relations have recast and, at times, distorted the key purposes of education, this pathbreaking book sheds light on the role of ignorance in shaping ideas, public opinion, and policy.
Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design presents the current "state of the conversation" about origins among evangelicals representing four key positions: Young Earth Creationism - Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis) Old Earth (Progressive) Creationism - Hugh Ross (Reasons to Believe) Evolutionary Creation - Deborah B. Haarsma (BioLogos) Intelligent Design - Stephen C. Meyer (The Discovery Institute) The contributors offer their best defense of their position addressing questions such as: What is your position on origins - understood broadly to include the physical universe, life, and human beings in particular? What do you take to be the most persuasive arguments in defense of your position? How do you demarcate and correlate evidence about origins from current science and from divine revelation? What hinges on answering these questions correctly?
If you think atheists have reason, evidence, and science on their side, think again! Award-winning author Dr. Frank Turek (I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist) will show you how atheists steal reason, evidence, science, and other arguments from God in trying to make their case for atheism. If that sounds contradictory, it’s because it is! Atheists can’t make their case without appealing to realities only theism can explain. In an engaging and memorable way, Stealing from God exposes these intellectual crimes atheists are committing and then provides four powerful reasons for why Christianity is true.
The Bible is the most influential book in human history. But what are we supposed to do with it in the 21st century? And even more importantly, can it still be trusted as the Word of God? Confusion and doubt about the Bible are becoming as common inside the church as they are outside. Questions come from all sides: Is the Bible anti-intellectual? Has the biblical text been corrupted over the centuries? Who really chose the books of the Bible and why? Which interpretation of the Bible is correct? Are the gospels full of contradictions? There are an unprecedented number of sophisticated attacks on the origin, credibility, and reliability of the Bible today. Secularism has tried to undercut even the possibility of spiritual or moral knowledge. Skepticism toward institutional religion is at an all-time high. Yet, the Bible claims that truth is knowable and God is actively involved in our world. What are we to do? Pray for wisdom. Think clearly. Pick up your Bible. Read through the 11 major challenges presented in these pages. And be ready.
From the Scopes Trial in 1925 through the action of the Kansas board of education, the teaching of evolution in public schools has been a flashpoint in American education. Although its implications are not yet fully evident, the advent of a modern scientific theory of intelligent design (ID), and a scholarly research community advancing this theory (the ID movement) has reenergized and is now redefining the character of this controversy. Darwinism, Design, and Public Education examines ID as a science, a philosophy, and a movement for educational reform. Central to all three aspects of ID is its claim that, if science education is to be other than state-sponsored propaganda, a clear and principled distinction must be drawn between empirical science and the materialist philosophy that drives contemporary Darwinian theories of origin and development. Contents Part I: Should Darwinism Be Presented Critically and Comparatively in the Public Schools: Philosophical, Educational, and Legal Issues Part II: Scientific Critique of Biology Textbooks and Contemporary Evolutionary Theory Part III: The Theory of Intelligent Design: A Scientific Alternative to Neo-Darwinian and/or Chemical Evolutionary Theories Part IV: Critical Responses
Author: J. P. Moreland
Release Date: 2017-11-30
The debate about biological origins continues to be hotly contested within the Christian church. Prominent organizations such as Biologos (USA) and Faraday Institute (UK) insist that Christians must yield to an unassailable scientific consensus in favor of contemporary evolutionary theory and modify traditional biblical ideas about the creation of life accordingly. They promote a view known as “theistic evolution” or “evolutionary creation.” They argue that God used—albeit in an undetectable way—evolutionary mechanisms to produce all forms of life. This book contests this proposal. Featuring two dozen highly credentialed scientists, philosophers, and theologians from Europe and North America, this volume provides the most comprehensive critique of theistic evolution yet produced. It documents evidential, logical, and theological problems with theistic evolution, opening the door to scientific and theological alternatives—making the book essential reading for understanding this worldview-shaping issue. Contents: General Introductions Philosophical and Scientific Introduction: Defining Theistic Evolution (Stephen C. Meyer) Biblical and Theological Introduction: The Incompatibility of Theistic Evolution with the Biblical Account of Creation and with Important Christian Doctrines (Wayne Grudem) Section I: The Scientific Critique of Theistic Evolution Section I, Part 1: The Failure of Neo-Darwinism 1. Three Good Reasons for People of Faith to Reject Darwin’s Explanation of Life (Douglas D. Axe) 2. Neo-Darwinism and the Origin of Biological Form and Information (Stephen C. Meyer) 3. Evolution—A Story without a Mechanism (Matti Leisola) 4. Are Present Proposals on Chemical Evolutionary Mechanisms Accurately Pointing toward First Life? (James M. Tour) 5. Digital Evolution: Predictions of Design (Winston Ewert) 6. The Difference It Doesn’t Make: Why the “Front-End Loaded” Concept of Design Fails to Explain the Origin of Biological Information (Stephen C. Meyer) 7. Why DNA Mutations Cannot Accomplish What Neo-Darwinism Requires (Jonathan Wells) 8. Theistic Evolution and the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis: Does It Work? (Stephen C. Meyer, Ann K. Gauger, and Paul A. Nelson) 9. Evidence from Embryology Challenges Evolutionary Theory (Sheena Tyler) Section I, Part 2: The Case against Universal Common Descent and for a Unique Human Origin 10. The Fossil Record and Universal Common Ancestry (Günter Bechly and Stephen C. Meyer) 11. Universal Common Descent: A Comprehensive Critique (Casey Luskin) 12. Five Questions Everyone Should Ask about Common Descent (Paul A. Nelson) 13. The Battle over Human Origins (Introduction to Chapters 14–16) (Ann K. Gauger) 14. Missing Transitions: Human Origins and the Fossil Record (Casey Luskin) 15. Evidence for Human Uniqueness (Ann K. Gauger, Ola Hössjer, and Colin R. Reeves) 16. An Alternative Population Genetics Model (Ola Hössjer, Ann K. Gauger, and Colin R. Reeves) 17. Pressure to Conform Leads to Bias in Science (Christopher Shaw) Section II: The Philosophical Critique of Theistic Evolution 18. Why Science Needs Philosophy (J. P. Moreland) 19. Should Theistic Evolution Depend on Methodological Naturalism? (Stephen C. Meyer and Paul A. Nelson) 20. How to Lose a Battleship: Why Methodological Naturalism Sinks Theistic Evolution (Stephen Dilley) 21. How Theistic Evolution Kicks Christianity Out of the Plausibility Structure and Robs Christians of Confidence that the Bible Is a Source of Knowledge (J. P. Moreland) 22. How to Think about God’s Action in the World (C. John Collins) 23. Theistic Evolution and the Problem of Natural Evil (Garrett J. DeWeese) 24. Bringing Home the Bacon: The Interaction of Science and Scripture Today (Colin R. Reeves) 25. The Origin of Moral Conscience: Theistic Evolution versus Intelligent Design (Tapio Puolimatka) 26. Darwin in the Dock: C. S. Lewis on Evolution (John G. West) Section III: The Biblical and Theological Critique of Theistic Evolution 27. Theistic Evolution Undermines Twelve Creation Events and Several Crucial Christian Doctrines (Wayne Grudem) 28. Theistic Evolution Is Incompatible with the Teachings of the Old Testament (John D. Currid) 29. Theistic Evolution Is Incompatible with the Teachings of the New Testament (Guy Prentiss Waters) 30. Theistic Evolution Is Incompatible with Historical Christian Doctrine (Gregg R. Allison) 31. Additional Note: B. B. Warfield Did Not Endorse Theistic Evolution as It Is Understood Today (Fred G. Zaspel)
p”Ein auch heute noch bedeutsamer Klassiker“ Daily Express Sind wir Marionetten unserer Gene? Nach Richard Dawkins ́ vor über 30 Jahren entworfener und heute noch immer provozierender These steuern und dirigieren unsere von Generation zu Generation weitergegebenen Gene uns, um sich selbst zu erhalten. Alle biologischen Organismen dienen somit vor allem dem Überleben und der Unsterblichkeit der Erbanlagen und sind letztlich nur die "Einweg-Behälter" der "egoistischen" Gene. Sind wir Menschen also unserem Gen-Schicksal hilflos ausgeliefert? Dawkins bestreitet dies und macht uns Hoffnung: Seiner Meinung nach sind wir nämlich die einzige Spezies mit der Chance, gegen ihr genetisches Schicksal anzukämpfen.