The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions about Intelligent Design
Is it science? Is it religion? What exactly is the Design Revolution?
Today scientists, mathematicians, and philosophers in the intelligent design movement are challenging a certain view of science—one that limits its investigations and procedures to purely law-like and mechanical explanations. They charge that there is no scientific reason to exclude the consideration of intelligence, agency and purpose from truly scientific research. In fact, they say, the practice of science often does already include these factors!
As the intelligent design movement has gained momentum, questions have naturally arisen to challenge its provocative claims. In this book, William A. Dembski rises to the occasion clearly and concisely answering the most vexing questions posed to the intelligent design program. Writing with non-experts in mind, Dembski responds to more than sixty questions asked by experts and non-experts alike who have attended his many public lectures, as well as objections raised in written reviews.
The Design Revolution has begun. Its success depends on how well it answers the questions of its detractors. Read this book and you'll have a good idea of the prospects and challenges facing this revolution in scientific thinking.
- Winner of a Christianity Today 2005 Book Award
- A 2005 Gold Medallion finalist
- Addresses more than sixty of the toughest questions asked by experts and non-experts
- Includes questions asked of Dembski during his public lectures
- Includes objections raised in professional reviews of intelligent design publications
- Highlights the prospects and challenges facing the intelligent design movement today.
- Clear and concise
- Written by a noted expert on and popular advocate of intelligent design
Praise for the Print Edition
This book spells out clearly for the general public how and why the progress of modern science points strongly toward an intelligent designer. It answers the most common criticisms of design theory so deftly that it makes one wonder if dogged opponents of design have something on their minds other than pure science.
—Michael Behe, Professor of Biology, Lehigh University, and author of Darwin's Black Box
The truth is that the honor and integrity of science really are at stake in this matter. They would be profoundly tarnished by a dogmatic refusal to face up to Dembski's questions.
—Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University
This lucid and authoritative book attempts to answer the many objections that have been raised against the theory of intelligent design. Dembski argues powerfully that it is an intellectually defensible science. It should be read by anyone interested in the character of the world we live in, whether they wish to attack or defend the theory.
—Roger Trigg, Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick
This is an incredibly valuable resource from one of the great thinkers in the intelligent design movement. If you've got questions about this important topic, look inside—you'll find the answers in an authoritative yet accessible style.
Dembski, a philosopher/mathematician who has been an important theorist for the intelligent design movement, handles a wide range of questions and objections that should give both fans and detractors of ID plenty to chew on.
The Design Revolution is about questions of fundamental importance: Can one formulate objective criteria for recognizing design? What do such criteria tell us about design in the biological realm? Sad to say, even to raise such questions is dangerous; but fortunately Dembski is not deterred. In this courageous book he takes aim at the intellectual complacency that too often smothers serious and unprejudiced discussion of these questions.
—Stephen Barr, Professor of Physics, University of Delaware, author of Modern Physics and Ancient Faith
Dembski's latest book indicates more clearly than any other recent publication that I know why CSI—the sort of order observed in complex machines or computer programs—cannot originate by cumulative selection. The improbability is far too great! Obviously if biological systems contain considerable amounts of CSI as Dembski claims, then the standard Darwinian explanation is deeply flawed, and what is needed is a new paradigm for understanding the natural world.
—Michael Denton, molecular geneticist and author of Evolution: A Theory in Crisis and Nature's Destiny
For the past decade or so 'intelligent design' has stirred a storm of controversy. Is it nothing more than gussied-up creationism, as its critics charge, or a new scientific paradigm, as its advocates maintain? This sprightly catechism, written by the movement's leading theoretician, offers believers and skeptics alike (and I count myself among the latter) an authoritative, if one-sided, introduction to what the fuss is all about.
—Ronald L. Numbers, Coleman Professor of the History of Science and Medicine, University of Wisconsin
Bill Dembski poses all the tough questions that critics ask about intelligent design in biology, and brilliantly answers them all!
—Phillip Johnson, author of Darwin on Trial
This is the most brilliant defense of the intelligent design movement in print. Dr. Dembski systematically dismantles virtually every known objection to the argument for intelligent design. There is nothing like it in print. It is the latest and greatest on the topic.
—Norman Geisler, philosopher and author of When Skeptics Ask
William Dembski examines the challenges to intelligent design and, in turn, unveils the increasing difficulties with once-accepted Darwinian theory. Students will be especially encouraged here to find manageable tools to help them engage the often uncontested Darwinian establishment in the university. I enthusiastically recommend this resource for what is certainly one of the most critical discussions of our day.
—Ravi Zacharias, author and speaker
- Title: The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions about Intelligent Design
- Author: William Dembski
- Publisher: InterVarsity
- Publication Date: 2004
- Pages: 324
About William Dembski
William Dembski is Research Professor of Philosophy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He has previously taught at Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Dallas. He has done postdoctoral work in mathematics at MIT, in physics at the University of Chicago, and in computer science at Princeton University, and he has been a National Science Foundation doctoral and postdoctoral fellow. Dembski has written numerous scholarly articles and is the author of the critically acclaimed The Design Inference, Intelligent Design, and No Free Lunch: Why Specified Complexity Cannot Be Purchased without Intelligence. He is also the editor of Mere Creation: Science, Faith and Intelligent Design, available from Logos.