For your fall reading . . .
|July 27, 2006||Posted by William Dembski under Intelligent Design|
Here are two books you’ll want to put in your Amazon.com cart and read this fall. I’ve blurbed each of them. For Wells’s book I wrote: “Darwinists will be furious over this book, gnashing their teeth and vilifying its author — because biologist Jonathan Wells masterfully exposes their bizarre delusions and replaces them with what they hate most: logical arguments and evidence for intelligent design.” For Wiker and Witt’s book I wrote: “With the science of intelligent design now well in hand, the question arises about its wider cultural implications: in a world where materialism fails and where intelligent design is evident, how should we think about ourselves in the grand scheme of things? A MEANINGFUL WORLD masterfully answers this question, ramping up the cultural revolution begun by Phillip Johnson in the 1990s.”
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design, published by Regnery as part of their popular series of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Politically Incorrect Guides,Ã¢â‚¬Â is written by molecular biologist Jonathan Wells, a senior fellow with Discovery InstituteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Center for Science & Culture. In clear, non-technical language, Wells explains who is fighting whom, the root of the conflict, and the evidence for and against Darwinism and Intelligent Design. He also explains what is ultimately at stake for liberals and conservatives, Christians and non-Christians, educators, policymakers, and scientists. Ã‚Â Dr. Wells is probably best known for his unveiling of some of the most common and most unsupported so-called proofs of Darwinian evolution in his groundbreaking 2001 book Icons of Evolution: Why Much of What We Teach About Evolution is Wrong.Ã‚Â This brand new book will be in bookstores on August 21, just in time for one last read before Labor Day.
A Meaningful World: How the Arts Ã‚Â and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature is a groundbreaking new book by Dr. Benjamin Wiker and Dr. Jonathan Witt shows that nature offers all of the challenges and surprises and all of the mystery and elegance we associate with design and with artistic genius. Their arguments begin in Shakespeare and range through the fine-tuning of the laws of physics, the Periodic Table of Elements, the artistry of ordinary substances like carbon and water, the intricacy of biological organisms, and the drama of scientific exploration itself.Ã‚Â Through these intriguing examples, Wiker and Witt have created what noted author and scholar Phillip Johnson calls Ã¢â‚¬Å“a wise and witty romp through the fallacies of reductionism.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â With its sparkling prose, A Meaningful World fashions a robust argument from evidence in nature, one that rests neither on religious presuppositions nor on a simplistic view of nature as the best of all possible worlds. Ã‚Â In contrast to contemporary claims that the world is ultimately meaningless, Wiker and Witt reveal a cosmos charged with both meaning and Ã‚Â purpose.Ã‚Â