The Design Revolution

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The Design Revolution
Author William A. Dembski
Subject Intelligent design
Publisher InterVarsity Press
Publication date
2004
Pages 334
ISBN 0-8308-3216-5
OCLC 123119351
Preceded by No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot Be Purchased without Intelligence
Followed by Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science and Theology

The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions about Intelligent Design is a 2004 book by William A. Dembski which supports intelligent design, and the idea that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not a naturalistic process such as natural selection. The book is written in question/answer format from Dembski's point of view as one of the conceptual leaders in the movement. Each chapter is about 4 pages long and addresses one specific question. Dembski credits intelligent design's critics, who constitute the majority of the scientific community and science education organizations,[1] for providing these questions. The foreword was written by Charles W. Colson.

The book begins with a preface where Dembski discusses the critiques, whom he describes as "dogmatic Darwinists and scientific naturalists." He claim criticism such as this is typical of what previous geniuses and innovators have been subjected to by science orthodoxy. Dembski claims that intelligent design theory will inevitably and soon lead to a revolution in which science will be completely overhauled with intelligent design ideas.

Criticism[edit]

Mathematician Jeffrey Shallit criticises the book for evasion and dissembling. This is an index of his detractors: Rich Baldwin, Eli Chiprout, Taner Edis, Ellery Eels, Branden Fitelson, Philip Kitcher, Peter Milne, Massimo Pigliucci, Del Ratzsch, Jeff Shallit, Niall Shanks, Jordan H. Sobel, Jason Rosenhouse, Christopher Stephenson, Richard Wein, and Matt Young. All these writers have analyzed in detail Dembski's literary output and demonstrated multiple errors, fallacious concepts and inconsistencies which are a trademark of his prolific production. [Footnotes omitted]|Mark Perakh|The design revolution? How William Dembski Is Dodging Questions About Intelligent Design|[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ See: 1) List of scientific societies rejecting intelligent design 2) Kitzmiller v. Dover page 83. The Discovery Institute's Dissent From Darwin Petition has been signed by about 500 scientists. The AAAS, the largest association of scientists in the U.S., has 120,000 members, and firmly rejects intelligent design and denies that there is a legitimate scientific controversy. More than 70,000 Australian scientists and educators condemn teaching of intelligent design in school science classes. List of statements from scientific professional organizations on the status intelligent design and other forms of creationism.
  2. ^ The design revolution? How William Dembski Is Dodging Questions About Intelligent Design, Mark Perakh, Talk Reason

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