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Intelligent Design Creationism
and Its Critics:

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Robert T. Pennock (editor)

The MIT Press - A Bradford Book.


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Table of Contents

I. Intelligent Design Creationisms’ “Wedge Strategy”

1. The Wedge at Work: How Intelligent Design Creationism is Wedging Its Way into the Cultural and Academic Mainstream Barbara Forrest

II. Johnson’s Critique of Evolutionary Naturalism

2. Evolution as Dogma: The Establishment of Naturalism Phillip E. Johnson

3. Naturalism, Evidence and Creationism: The Case of Phillip Johnson Robert T. Pennock

4. Response to Pennock Phillip E. Johnson

5. Reply: Johnson’s Reason in the Balance Robert T. Pennock

III. A Theological Conflict?: Evolution vs. the Bible

6. When Faith and Reason Clash: Evolution and the Bible Alvin Plantinga

7. When Faith and Reason Cooperate Howard J. Van Till

8. Plantinga's Defense of Special Creation Ernan McMullin

9. Evolution, Neutrality, and Antecedent Probability: A Reply to McMullin and Van Till Alvin Plantinga

IV. Intelligent Design’s Scientific Claims

10. Molecular Machines: Experimental Support for the Design Inference Michael J. Behe

11. Born Again Creationism Philip Kitcher

12. Biology Remystified: The Scientific Claims of the New Creationists Matthew J. Brauer & Daniel R. Brumbaugh

V. Plantinga’s Critique of Naturalism & Evolution

13. Methodological Naturalism? Alvin Plantinga

14. Methodological Naturalism Under Attack Michael Ruse

15. Plantinga's Case Against Naturalistic Epistemology Evan Fales

16. Plantinga's Probability Arguments Against Evolutionary Naturalism Branden Fitelson & Elliott Sober

VI. Intelligent Design Creationism vs. Theistic Evolutionism

17. Creator or Blind Watchmaker?” Phillip E. Johnson

18. Phillip Johnson on Trial: A Critique of His Critique of Darwin Nancey Murphy

19. Welcoming the ‘Disguised Friend’ – Darwinism and Divinity Arthur Peacocke

20. The Creation: Intelligently Designed or Optimally Equipped? Howard J. Van Till

21. Is Theism Compatible with Evolution? Roy Clouser

VII. Intelligent Design and Information

22. Is Genetic Information Irreducible? Phillip E. Johnson

23. Reply to Phillip Johnson Richard Dawkins

24. Reply to Johnson George C. Williams

25. Intelligent Design as a Theory of Information William A. Dembski

26. Information and the Argument from Design Peter Godfrey-Smith

27. How Not to Detect Design Branden Fitelson, Christopher Stephens & Elliott Sober

28. The ‘Information Challenge’ Richard Dawkins

VIII. Intelligent Design Theorists Turn the Tables

29. Who’s Got the Magic? William A. Dembski

30. The Wizards of ID: Reply to Dembski Robert T. Pennock

31. The Panda's Peculiar Thumb Stephen Jay Gould

32. The Role of Theology in Current Evolutionary Reasoning Paul A. Nelson

33. Appealing to Ignorance Behind the Cloak of Ambiguity Kelly C. Smith

34. Nonoverlapping Magisteria Stephen Jay Gould

IX. Creationism and Education

35. Why Creationism Should Not Be Taught in the Public Schools Robert T. Pennock

36. Creation and Evolution: A Modest Proposal Alvin Plantinga

37. Reply to Plantinga’s ‘Modest Proposal’ Robert T. Pennock



- Science
(Vol. 295. March 29, 2002, pp. 2373-2374)

- "Intelligent Design (ID) is the cryptoscientific arm of a sociopolitical movement of conservative Christians who are upset about the displacement of their concept of God from institutional life in the United States and are determined to do something about it. Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics presents the arguments of ID advocates in their own words and provides closely argued critiques of the science, philosophy, and theology that underlie their positions.…
Pennock's book is an invaluable compilation for anyone who wants to learn about the scientific and philosophical failures of intelligent design and the long-term political and social strategies of its advocates."
- Kevin Padian

- The New York Times Book Review
(April 14, 2002, pp. 12-13)

- "Intelligent Design Creationism and its Critics is a great fat collection of essays… that examine [the thesis of intelligent design] from every imaginable angle.… The debate ranges freely over genetics, theology, the history of science and the theory of knowledge. The rhetoric is spirited, if sometimes barely civil, and the to-and-fro of ideas can be impressive.…
If the proponents of intelligent design had carried their case, it would have amounted to a slam-dunk for theism. With Darwin, you remain free to believe or disbelieve in God, just as you like. But have the neo-creos at least made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled creationist? On the evidence of this volume, not quite.
" - Jim Holt

- BioScience. 
(Vol. 52, No. 9, pp. 850-851)

"Creationism Continues to Evolve" by Judith S. Weis

"The fact that the preponderance of contributions come from philosophers, social scientists, and theologians as opposed to biologists underscores the fact that the debate over evolution is not a scientific one.… The book is of interest to learn about the ideas and arguments of the ID proponents, as well as their political and social strategies, and why their ideas are wrong."


- Quarterly Review of Biology 
(June 2002. p. 179)

- "...should certainly be acquired by any municipal or academic library."








- Evolution 
(56(8), 2002, pp. 1718-1720)

"Intelligent Design Creationism: None of Your Business? Think Again." by Barry A. Palevitz

- "...give[s] you all sides of the dispute in the protagonists' own words."



- Endeavour. 
(Vol. 26 No. 3, 2002, pp. 118-119)

"Pennock's book defines, as no other so far has, the present state of play."
-Ernan McMullin.




- Scientific American. 
(July 2002. p. 85)







- Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theology, Philosophy, History and Science. 
(Fall/Winter 2002. Vol. 9, No. 3/4, pp. 303-04)

"Pennock is upfront about his biases and objectives in both volumes, but seems to intend the Tower of Babel to be the platform on which to build understanding, while [Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics] is a compendium of articles dealing with the major issues.  I have found both books helpful in my attempts to evaluate arguments on both sides of the Debate."

- National Center for Science Education Reports  (May 2003, Vol. 3) and
Research News in Science & Theology. 
(March 2003. pp. 17, 34)

"Essays offer balance for a polarized subject"

- "Pennock, whose Tower of Babel remains the most important philosophical evaluation of the intelligent design movement available… admirably manages to provide a balanced (if not equal) selection of essays that is essential reading for anyone interested in investigating the relationship between science and theology. For, as Intelligent Design Creationism and its Critics shows, the intelligent design movement conceives of the relationship in a particularly counterproductive—and even disastrous—way."


(Volume 17, Number 1, Spring 2003)

"…[A] massive and excellently edited anthology… This is certainly a 'must have' book for anyone interested in the ongoing debates over evolutionism and creationism or the relations between science and religion.   I believe that any reader, on either side of the debate, will join me in thanking the editor for his superb job in bringing these materials together."


Philosophy in Review
(June-Dec 2003, pp. 270-272)

"If you thought that battles of the Enlightenment were over, then please read on.… This book will be a valuable research resource for those seeking to understand the curious twists and turns taken by creation science as it has gradually mutated and evolved into intelligent design theory."  - Niall Shanks


- Science & Theology News. 
(Feb. 2004)

"…gigantic, ambitious…[with] virtually all of the voices that have written across the intelligent design spectrum".






(Vol. 71, October 2004, pp. 593-604)

"…an expertly edited collection…"
- George Nakhnikian.





Bibliographic Information

Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics: Philosophical, Theological and Scientific Perspectives
Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press - Bradford Books.

Cloth library edition published December 2001.
- ISBN 0-262-16204-0

Paperback edition published December 2001.
- ISBN 0-262-66124-1

Library of Congress number: BS652 .I58 2001

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