Top Ten books to read on the intelligent design controversy, 2009 #3
|March 14, 2010||Posted by O'Leary under Atheism, Top Ten ID stories|
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3. Seeking God in Science: An Atheist Defends Intelligent Design by Bradley Monton. In the breakthrough book of the year, an atheist professor of the philosophy of physics at a secular university has written a book to defend intelligent design. As Professor Monton would admit, it’s a partial defense, as he does not find ID arguments overwhelmingly convincing, but he also does not find them trivial, and he believes they should be allowed on the table and in the classroom for discussion. He even went so far as to defend intelligent design in a public debate in 2008, and his position as a true educator seeking truth has brought the wrath of Darwinists and fellow atheists down on his head. But that did not prevent him from publishing his position in Seeking God in Science. Monton’s work on a rigorous definition of intelligent design in chapter one is worth the price of the book alone. The good news is you don’t have to be a philosopher to understand this book. Monton has done a great job of making his arguments accessible to the general reader.
[From Denyse: This demonstrates a key point: Design in nature could be correct or incorrect. Darwinists – whose living depends on institutional support for denying design, despite evidence – have laboured long and hard to make design impossible to discuss intelligibly. Once they were reduced to marketing urban folklore about conspiracies to introduce religion into the school system, etc., the way opened for Monton to initiate an intelligent debate.]
Here’s a podcast with Monton.
Top Resource #4 is here.