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Tower of Babel : the evidence against the new creationism

Author: Robert T Pennock
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1999.
Series: Bradford book.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Creationism is no longer the simple notion it once was taken to be. Its new advocates have become more sophisticated in how they present their views, speaking of "intelligent design" rather than "creation science" and aiming their arguments against the naturalistic philosophical method that underlies science, proposing to replace it with a "theistic science." The creationism-evolution controversy is not just about  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert T Pennock
ISBN: 026216180X 9780262161800 0262661659 9780262661652
OCLC Number: 39262003
Notes: "A Bradford book."
Description: xviii, 429 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Creation and evolution of a controversy --
The evidence for evolution --
The tower of Babel --
Of naturalism and negativity --
Chariots of the gods --
Deus ex machina --
Burning science at the stake --
Babel in the schools.
Series Title: Bradford book.
Responsibility: Robert T. Pennock.

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Comparing the views of the new creationists with those of the old, this book reveals the insubstantiality of their arguments. The author turns from biological evolution to the less charged subject of  Read more...

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Excellent critique of modern Intelligent Design creationism

by vleighton (WorldCat user published 2012-01-01) Excellent Permalink

Robert Pennock's "Tower of Babel" is a book that explores the philosophy of science and the philosophical foundations of creationism. Pennock's focus is the difference between metaphysical naturalism, which posits that the observable world is basically all that there is, and methodological...
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