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Uncommon dissent : intellectuals who find Darwinism unconvincing

Author: William A Dembski
Publisher: Wilmington, Del. : ISI Books, ©2004.
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Recent years have seen the rise to prominence of ever more sophisticated philosophical and scientific critiques of the ideas marketed under the name of Darwinism. In Uncommon Dissent, mathematician and philosopher William A. Dembski brings together essays by leading intellectuals who find one or more aspects of Darwinism unpersuasive. As Dembski explains, Darwinism has gathered around itself an aura of invincibility  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William A Dembski
ISBN: 1932236309 9781932236309 1932236317 9781932236316
OCLC Number: 55653649
Description: xxxvii, 366 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : The myths of Darwinism / William A. Dembski --
Part I. A crisis of confidence --
The check is in the mail : why Darwinism fails to inspire confidence / Robert C. Koons --
Darwinism as dogma : the establishment of naturalism / Phillip E. Johnson --
The miracles of Darwinism / Marcel-Paul Schutzenberger --
Part II. Darwinism's cultural inroads --
Darwin meets the Berenstain Bears : evolution as a total worldview / Nancy R. Pearcey --
Teaching the flaws in neo-Darwinism / Edward Sisson --
Accept no imitations : the rivalry of naturalism and natural law / J. Budziszewski --
Refereed journals : do they insure quality or enforce orthodoxy? / Frank J. Tipler --
Part III. Leaving the Darwinian fold --
A Catholic scientist looks at Darwinism / Michael J. Behe --
An anti-Darwinian intellectual journey : biological order as an inherent property of matter / Michael John Denton --
Why I am not a Darwinist / James Barham --
Part IV. Auditing the books --
Why evolution fails the test of science / Cornelius G. Hunter --
Darwinian evolutionary theory and the life sciences in the twenty-first century / Roland F. Hirsch --
Cheating the millennium : the mounting explanatory debts of scientific naturalism / Christopher Michael Langan --
The deniable Darwin / David Berlinski.
Responsibility: edited by William A. Dembski.

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Recent years have seen the rise to prominence of ever more sophisticated philosophical and scientific critiques of the ideas marketed under the name of Darwinism. In Uncommon Dissent, mathematician and philosopher William A. Dembski brings together essays by leading intellectuals who find one or more aspects of Darwinism unpersuasive. As Dembski explains, Darwinism has gathered around itself an aura of invincibility that is inhospitable to rational discussionto say the least: "Darwinism, its proponents assure us, has been overwhelmingly vindicated. Any resistance to it is futile and indicates bad faith or worse." Indeed, those who question the Darwinian synthesis are supposed, in the famous formulation of Richard Dawkins, to be ignorant, stupid, insane, or wicked. The hostility of dogmatic Darwinians like Dawkins has not, however, prevented the advent of a growing cadre of scholarly critics of metaphysical Darwinism. The measured, thought-provoking essays in Uncommon Dissent make it increasingly obvious that these critics are not the brainwashed fundamentalist buffoons that Darwinisms defenders suggest they are, but rather serious, skeptical, open-minded inquirers whose challenges pose serious questions about the viability of Darwinist ideology. The intellectual power of their contributions to Uncommon Dissent is bracing.

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