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In this wide-ranging collection of essays on origins, mathematician Granville Sewell looks at the big bang, the fine-tuning of the laws of physics, and the evolution of life. He concludes that while there is much in the history of life that seems to suggest natural causes, there is nothing to support Charles Darwin’s idea that natural selection of random mutations can explain major evolutionary advances (“easily the dumbest idea ever taken seriously by science,” he calls it). Sewell explains why evolution is a fundamentally different and much more difficult problem than others solved by science, and why increasing numbers of scientists are now recognizing what has long been obvious to the layman, that there is no explanation possible without design. This book summarizes many of the traditional arguments for intelligent design, but presents some powerful new arguments as well.
“As the debate over intelligent design grows increasingly heated, with critics engaging in vicious polemics, it is refreshing to find a discussion of the topic that is calm, thoughtful, and far-ranging, with no sense of having to advance an agenda or decimate the opposition. In this regard, Granville Sewell’s In the Beginning succeeds brilliantly.” — William A. Dembski, author of The Design Inference and The End of Christianity
This is a collection of previously published essays and blog posts responding to criticism of Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, by Stephen C. Meyer. Contributors include Stephen Meyer, David Berlinski, Richard Sternberg, and Jay Richards. Edited by David Klinghoffer.
Signature of Controversy is a response to the 2009 bestseller Signature in the Cell by Stephen C. Meyer, a book recognized as establishing one of the strongest pillars underlying the argument for intelligent design. To call Signature in the Cell important is an understatement. The critical response that followed the publication of Stephen Meyer’s book was fascinating, but the fact is that few—if any—of the critics really grappled with the crux of Meyer’s argument or with the substance of intelligent-design theory. This is remarkable and telling. In Signature of Controversy, defenders of intelligent design analyze the hostile response using the critics’ own writings.
Edited by David Klinghoffer and including essays by David Berlinski, Casey Luskin, Stephen C. Meyer, Paul Nelson, Jay Richards and Richard Sternberg.
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“Darwin\\\'s Conservatives is concise, precise and convincing. ...”—Phillip E. Johnson author of Darwin on Trial
“John West rolls through the arguments for a pro-Darwin conservatism like an Abrams tank leveling a street barricade: methodically and irresistibly. If there are any conservative Darwinists left after this rout, it’s only because they won’t stand and fight.”—George Gilder, author of Wealth and Poverty and Telecosm.
“No one can consider themselves fully acquainted with the issue of intelligent design without confronting the serious critique in this book.”—Steven Hayward, author of The Age of Reagan
“Conservative pundits all too often have a blind spot for that outdated Victorian creation myth known as Darwinism... finally, here is a book that holds their feet to the fire and sets the record straight.”—Dr. William Dembski, author of The Design Revolution and The Design Inference\''